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Friday, June 27, 2014

Review of Faith Departed: First love, then marriage, then….infertility treatments

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.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Blog Hop

I was invited to a blog hop by fellow authors Julie Arduini and Jackie Layton. As part of the blog hop, I had to answer four questions:

What am I working on?

My first book was a suspense novel from Pelican Book Group, so I’m definitely working on something different this time.

I’m currently co-authoring an infertility devotional for Chalfont. My fellow co-authors include Donna Winters, Julie Arduini, Paula Mowery, Kym McNabney, and Elizabeth Maddrey.

How does my work differ from others in its genre?

The devotional is written by six authors, and before we started the project, we looked at the available devotionals and discussed how ours should differ. We definitely wanted to provide readers with encouragement and to avoid sounding patronizing.

Why do I write what I do?

2 Corinthians 1:3-5 tells us God comforts us so that we can comfort others. I’m co-authoring this devotional with the hope of sharing comfort and encouragement with women experiencing infertility.

How does your writing process work?

For this project, the group of co-authors divided the work into sections, and we’ve edited round-robin style.

BTW, I'm giving away a copy of Dog Tags. For more info, click here.

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