Traveler’s Rest by Ann Tatlock

Well, we got home from our trip yesterday afternoon, and let me tell you—it was glorious. I’ll tell you all about it later this week, but first, a book review  . . .

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When Jane Morrow’s fiance, Seth, comes back from Iraq paralyzed, she has a difficult decision to make. Should she end their engagement and move on with her life like he’s asking her to do, or should she stay by his side, honoring her commitment?

Off from her teaching job for the summer, Jane is house sitting for a friend and visiting Seth at the VA hospital every chance she gets. While there, she develops friendships with a retired doctor, a piano-playing lawyer, and a few orderlies. Those relationships change her life in more ways than she could have imagined.

In Traveler’s Rest, Ann Tatlock uses an engaging story, deep characters, and several ethical dilemmas to pull the reader in. The book covers everything—romance, war, prejudice, physical disabilities, alcohol, regret, forgiveness, suicide, revenge, doubts about God.

Traveler’s Rest is the best contemporary Christian fiction novel I’ve read in years. The characters are dynamic, the story is realistically messy, and I had no idea how things were going to turn out (that’s a rare element in this genre, and I loved it).

If you’re looking for a great story that goes beyond the fluff you so often see in the contemporary Christian fiction genre, read this book.

Ann Tatlock has two other books out, and I’m adding them to my to-read list.

*I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my review. My opinion of this book is my own and was not influenced by the publisher or the author.

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