About the book:
Stepping over the threshold seemed symbolic of a certain level of acceptance- a joining of the hopes and dreams formed within these walls to the bitter reality that those dreams were dead. They would not have a child-not ever.
For years, Matt and Maddie have held onto their hope of becoming parents. Now, suddenly faced with the reality that they will not have a child together, Matt is shocked to discover that the consequences of a past mistake may change their lives forever. Having completed the steps of repentance years earlier, Matt has chosen not to tell Maddie about his prior misuse of intimacy. But how can he tell her now- especially when she seems locked inside her own sorrow? In this story of loss, forgiveness, and perseverance, a romantic beginning transitions into a true love story made stronger through the trials the characters face and overcome together.
An easy read, but by no means light. Matt and Maddie Shep have struggled with infertility through their entire marriage. After their hopes are dashed yet again, and Maddie learns that she will never conceive a child, they begin to talk of adoption. When they discover that Matt has a child from a past, teenage transgression, their lives change dramatically.
Josi does a great job tackling a difficult subject matter. Not only is the subject of infertility difficult, but having the couple discover the husband has a 9-year old son he knew nothing about, from a one-time teenage error in judgment, is tough too. Matt must deal with the knowledge that he has a son and the impact it will have on everyone. Maddie must not only learn to trust Matt again, knowing that he had gone through the repentance process and been forgiven, but accept this boy as her stepson. As she does this, she comes to understand what it means to be a mother.
While typically LDS with themes of love, forgiveness and the Atonement, the book is also honest and captures the shock and frustrations well. Matt and Maddie must work through their issues as they work to accept Matt's son and make him a part of their family. I found the Native- American element interesting. I remember the LDS Indian Student Placement program and using it in the story provided an interesting, if melodramatic twist.
It all wraps up neatly, with the predictably happy LDS ending. But, overall, an easy, interesting read.
Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow. You can purchase your own copy here.
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