Life seems like it can't get any better for Alex and Jane Keane--a temple marriage, two adorable children and another one on the way, a promising career, and a beautiful home.
Then, within a few short days, their safe and happy lives are turned upside down when they learn that their young son, Barrett, has a life-threatening illness. And as if that were not enough, the revelation that Alex has a half-brother threatens to tear lives and families apart.
As Jane's faith falters, an opportunity to dance with Alex in a stake floorshow becomes the catalyst for a renewal of their relationship and a gentle nudge back to her faith in God.
Typical Stansfield. She always tries to take real life situations, e.g., family dysfunction and drama (adultery, abuse, illegitimacy, consequences, etc.) and set it in an eternal Mormon (emphasis on eternal) setting, to show that Mormons have the same issues as everyone else. Well, Mormons do have these issues, but in these books there is always a perfect person of perfect faith who is allied with a person whose faith wavers because of trauma or drama. The faithful person (whose faith is perfect because they've overcome their own issues) counsels the wavering person about faith and God and Jesus Christ and the Atonement, and always sticks by them. Gospel discussions and counseling always reassure the reader that the necessary epiphany will come to the person of wavering faith and all will be well in the end.
In this case, if you have lost a family member to cancer, lost a parent, or spent time with your child in a NICU, don't read it. I've experienced all three. Because of that, I have a hard time reading about sick children and someone losing their father. I cried most of the way through the stupid thing, because I'd experienced some of these situations. Stansfield does have a great way of playing with your emotions and tugging at the heartstrings. She's a master at making you connect with at least one character and, therefore, you want to know what happens, so you continue reading the series. And, so I do.
I really enjoyed her Hamilton/Gables of Legacy series and actually have all of them and have reread them. Most of her other books I have simply borrowed or bought them, read them and sold them on half.com.
This one was ok. I'll probably read the next two, just so I can see what happens.