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Need You Now [Paperback]

Beth Wiseman
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April 10 2012

When big-city life threatens the safety of one of their children, Brad and Darlene Henderson move with their three teenagers from Houston to the tiny town of Round Top, Texas.

Adjusting to small-town life is difficult for the kids, especially fifteen-year-old Grace who is coping in a dangerous way.

Married life hasn’t always been bliss, but their strong faith has carried Brad and Darlene through the difficult times. When Darlene takes a job outside the home for the first time in their marriage, the domestic tension rises.

While working with special needs children at her new job, the widowed father of one of the students starts paying more attention to Darlene than is appropriate. Problem is, she feels like someone is listening to her for the first time in a long time.

If Darlene ever needed God . . . it’s now.

Experience a family’s triumph over lies, betrayal, and loss while still clinging to the One who matters most.

“You may think you are familiar with Beth’s wonderful storytelling gift but this is something new! It’s a story of how God can redeem the seemingly unredeemable. It’s a message the world needs to hear.” —Sheila Walsh, author of God Loves Broken People


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"Lester’s precisely worded text creates a wide range of emotions, from joy to gloom to satisfaction, while Munsinger’s expressive line-and wash illustrations capture every nuance of the amusing story."—Booklist "This sequel will be embraced by youngsters who struggle with their speech and need some hints on how to handle the capybaras in their lives."—Kirkus "Readers should have fun reading aloud in Wodney’s voice, but multidimensional Camilla is a scene-stealer herself."—Publishers Weekly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Award-winning, best-selling author Beth Wiseman is best known for her Amish novels, but her most recent novels, Need You Now and The House that Love Built, are contemporaries set in small Texas towns. Both have received glowing reviews. Beth's highly-anticipated novel, The Promise, is inspired by a true story. Twitter: @bethwiseman Facebook: Fans-of-Beth-Wiseman


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2.0 out of 5 stars Need you Now - Beth Wiseman May 7 2012
Format:Paperback
This book is contemporary Christian fiction and is based on a family that moves to the country to get away from the fast pace of the city. Shortly after moving they go through a rough time with their 15 year old daughter who is causing self harm. The husband and wife find themselves constantly arguing and not getting along. After being a stay at home home for years the wife decides to go back to work to make some extra money but finds herself falling for one of her students parents.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this from start to finish April 23 2012
By christianfictionaddiction TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I am utterly impressed by Beth Wiseman's first contribution to the contemporary Christian fiction arena! Need You Now features a plot that is fast-paced, plenty of action that drives the drama forward, and characters so realistically portrayed that they fairly step off the page. I enjoyed how the author gave us glimpses into what was going on from several different character's points of views, and I found the transitions between character's perspectives to be handled seamlessly. Wiseman deftly tackles the issue of teen-cutting in a realistic, heart-stirring manner, and I found Grace's struggle with this to be deeply moving. As a parent myself, I cannot imagine finding out that my daughter was engaging in such an activity, and I would no doubt experience the shock and helplessness that Brad and Darlene do. As someone who works with numerous such youths in my job, I can tell you that Wiseman has perfectly captured the struggles of teens and why they turn to such forms of release. It is also a nice change to read about a couple like Brad and Darlene who are already married, rather than the typical guy-meets-girl plot-line that many stories feature.

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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Need You Now - Beth Wiseman April 1 2012
By Marianne - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
What makes a novel memorable?
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiction for REal March 23 2012
By Anne Green - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Need You Now by Beth Wiseman was provided to me as a complimentary ebook through BookSneeze. In Need You Now, Darlene faces the typical struggles of a mom with three teenagers. She battles with her own sense of failure as she attempts to help her middle child combat an especially difficult emotional issue -- cutting. Darlene's marriage is affected by this family crisis, and she comes to a crossroads in her faith and in her commitment to her husband during the course of the family's journey to recovery.

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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars New genre April 27 2012
By Dawnafer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An O.K. book June 8 2012
By Trinity Rose - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Need You Now by Beth Wiseman is an O.K. book. I know most people really love it, but it's just not something I would read again.
I like the setting of the story. It is a small town in Texas and the family of five go from big city life to the country and live next door to a famous movie star.
The family believes in God and loves Him, but when things get difficult they seem to pull away from Him. That also happened to the neighbor. I know that doesn't or shouldn't happen in life. When things go wrong is when we should just get closer to the Lord and let Him help us through these times. I think it has a lack of spiritual insight from the characters.
Need You Now is full of troubles that a family and friends go through, but I think this book showed how not to go about our troubles. This book has all kinds of things going on from Darlene the wife wanting to get a job so she could be independent and her husband not liking it because he wants to take care of the family. The daughter hurting her self because she can't show her feeling, the son picking the wrong friends and Darlene thinks her husband is having an affair. Darlene chooses to be friends with a man and share her feelings. It just all goes wrong in my opionion.
It's an O.K. book for a read on a rainy day, but not one to keep.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I receive books free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Review Blogger program/BookSneeze. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express are my own. This is true of any book I review for any publisher or author; I will not review books where a positive review is required and I will always express my own opinions of each book received and read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Need you Now June 3 2012
By musicreader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a good book about family values, the working parents, teenagers and a new problem in society Cutting is relatively new among young people but very physically and mentally horrible.
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