Need You Now Paperback – Apr 9 2012
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About the Author
Award-winning, bestselling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but she has also written several successful contemporary novels, set primarily in her beloved Texas, including Need You Now and The House that Love Built. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth's The Promise is inspired by a true story. Website: www.bethwiseman.com Twitter: @bethwiseman Facebook: Fans-of-Beth-Wiseman
Top Customer Reviews
Not only did the book start off slow but I also really don't like watching movies or reading books about affairs and I would have stopped reading it there but, I kept reading so I could write this review. With the whole aspect of the affair in the book it really didn't come off as Christian fiction to me. But, that's just my opinion.
The author, Beth Wiseman, is best known for her amish series and this was her first book with contemporary fiction. I enjoyed her style of writing so I may try reading some of her amish based books because I'm sure there won't be any themes of affairs in those!
(sorry the whole affair theme really ruins movies and books for me!)
I don't think I would be rereading this book however, if reading about affairs doesn't both you then you just might think that this is a good book.
I received a complementary copy of this book from The B&B Media Group in exchange for a review on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own.
Ultimately, this book is a celebration of God's ability to bring beauty out of the ashes resulting from our poor choices, as well as his perfect plan for marriages and the power of truth and forgiveness. I enjoyed this story from beginning to end, and give it a high recommendation of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
(I deducted half a star for a few typo and name errors in the book, which drive me crazy, but in this case didn't detract from the excellent story).
Book was provided courtesy of the publisher, Thomas Nelson, along with First Wildcard & B&B Media
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Is it strong characters? check ; believable characters and situations? check, vulnerable and true to life? check engages your emotions and senses? check
Need You Now has all these and more.
I have read most of Beth Wiseman's Amish novels, and loved how she engages the reader, and brings out the things we all share with their culture, but i was not prepared for the depth she put into the characters in this comtemporary novel.
From the first she had my heart beating rapidly as I waited and read to see who or what the intruder was in Darlene's bedroom. At this point, it could have been anything from a mouse to a murderer. The issues Darlene and Brad face as parents is something no parent wants to admit might be in realm of possibilites. The ones they face as couple would never face us, except it does. Who doesn't keep secrets, however innocent we think they are from ones we love? Who doesn't doubt our loved one (parent, child, spouse, sibling) in what they said or did or what we think they meant, or tell others what we think they want to hear?
This novel deals with each of these situations and more, and I was not expecting to feel with the characters as I did. All in all, this was one great novel, and can truly recommend this for all adults who love the Lord or want to know more about Him, as well as all romance readers.
I received this novel from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze program, in exchange for an honest review of the same. The opinions stated in this post are my own.
The real issues that Wiseman addresses through her work of fiction engage the reader from the start. Darlene is a woman with real insecurities and needs to which any wife and mother may relate. Her search for peace and fulfillment outside of and within her family pulls the reader in and keeps the reader cheering for this family until the sweet end. A riveting read, Need You Now addresses real issues with an honest tone and hopeful tenor, pointing the reader to the One in Whom we have hope. For Beth Wiseman who is better known for her Amish fiction works, Need You Now may have been an out-of-the-box genre; however, this reviewer will be eagerly anticipating more books from Wiseman in the same vein as Need You Now.
The backdrop for this story is a family that moves from a busy city to Texas. A need for a slower pace of life lends a nice touch to the book. The book is a bit slow to start and I found it to be somewhat scattered jumping from character to character. The storyline just never felt like it was smooth enough.
However the peace is shattered by reality. Cutting is a dangerous path and their teenage daughter is caught up in it. This is not the only challenge. Unfortunately, the authoress felt it necessary to drag Darlene, the mom, through some muddied waters. I was turned off by the flirting and the possibility of an affair. It just didn't feel like a "Christian" book. The book regrettably is a bit too realistic for my tastes.
I read to enjoy myself and get away from life so this book was a downer for me and won't be something I reread. I won't be choosing to read from this series again. I wish I had not downloaded my free version. However, many readers might enjoy the ending and the coming books in this series.
Booksneeze gave me a free copy of this book in exchange for my opinion and review.
To look at the Henderson family they seem to be a successful family that has it all together. Darlene is a stay at home mother to three teen children, her marriage seems good, her husband is about to be promoted and the family just purchased Darlene's grandparents farm and decide to move to the country. Peel away the layers though and we quickly see that the children are having problems adjusting,especially her daughter Grace who is harming herself, and Darlene is struggling with the fact that she no longer feels needed or heard. When she takes a job outside the home and another man starts to pay attention to her, could it put her marriage in jeopardy? How will things work out for this family? As their faith is tested will they be drawn closer together as a family or will they be pulled apart?
One of my favorite things about this story was the fact that we see the situation thru the eyes of several characters, allowing a different perspectives on the story. A story that drew me in from the beginning and kept me wondering how this family saga would work out. Highly recommended!
A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
I have read many of Beth Wiseman's novels previously, but they were all works of Amish fiction. This new novel was far from disappointing and I must admit that I was reluctant to read it at first.
Darlene and Brad Henderson move from the big city to the small town on Round Top, Texas, when their teenage son gets into some trouble. The anxiety and adjustment of the move begin to cause some dangerous behaviors to surface in their "perfect" teenage daughter, Grace. Younger daughter, Ansley, convinces Dad to let her raise chickens if she maintains a C-average which they thought would never happen....but soon the family is indeed raising chickens.
A new friend comes to Darlene's rescue and turns out to be not only famous but they become the best of friends. Tensions continue to rise as Darlene takes a job outside the home for the first time ever and receives inappropriate attention from onr of her special needs' students' dads. Darlene is witnessing to her new famous friend, Layla, and finds herself in her own crisis of faith. Can their marriage and family survive? Darlene and her whole family are in great need of God and his loving grace and forgiveness. Will they be able to pull it together and make it as a family in a new town?
Read Beth Wiseman's Need You Now to find out. You will not be disappointed. This book is a testament to marriage, commitment and family values.
I found myself laughing at times and crying tears of sorrow as well. This book has something for everyone. A true romance for the romantics at heart and strong Christian values. I look forward to reading more books like this from Beth, but I still love her Amish fiction. She even included the teenage daughter, Grace, reading her own Amish fiction in the novel! How appropriate.
I received this book free from Book Sneeze and Thomas Nelson Publishing in exchange for my honest review.