Faith Departed deals with a tough topic that affects roughly one in eight couples: infertility. Though a painful subject, Maddrey does a good job of handling it through realistic scenarios. The main character, June, not only must deal with infertility, but other life stresses as well--in this case, problems at work. This was similar to my own infertility experience, during which my dad was dying from ALS.
The characters were realistic and questioned their faith. Having experienced infertility, I could easily identify with many of the struggles that the characters experienced. Also, Maddrey did a good job of including the POV of the men in the story (Toby and Gareth). Men and women handle infertility differently. Sometimes, these differences can be a source of discord among infertile couples.
I would recommend this book to infertile couples. During my infertility journey, it was sometimes hard to read story after story where the hero and heroine get married and a month later (usually in the prologue) have a baby. It’s nice to see a story that depicts the harsh reality that many couples face.
I’d also recommend the book to others who know someone experiencing infertility. It can be hard to understand the heartaches infertile couples face, but this story does a good job of providing an inside look into the lives of infertile couples.
I’d also recommend this book to anyone who has suffered a miscarriage, as this topic is discussed as well.
I received an e-copy of Faith Departed from the author in exchange for an honest review. In full disclosure I am also one of the authors Elizabeth mentioned in the upcoming infertility devotional.