This book tells the story of Beth, whose organized life is thrown into a tailspin almost overnight. Instead of spending his month-long sabbatical traveling with the family to the Florida beach, her minister husband decides to seclude himself in the backyard shed for the month waiting to hear from God.
Dismayed by her husband’s choice and her increasing sense of isolation, Beth struggles to come to terms with a life that suddenly seems foreign and leaves her feeling completely discombobulated. Focused on fixing everyone around her, she takes a journey that soon teaches her that sometimes you have to fix yourself.
I gave this book four stars. It was an enjoyable book and I read it very quickly. The author does a great job of developing Beth’s character, and you will empathize with her throughout the story. You will feel her frustration with and confusion about her husband’s decision, and you will cheer her healing in the end. The other characters are not as well-developed so, while likable, you will not feel as bonded to or invested in them as you will Beth.
There are some plot lines that seemed a little far-fetched and disconnected, as if inserted just to add more drama to the story, so I struggled with those. However, the overall theme of the book and lessons learned by Beth and the other characters along the way will resonate with many on many different levels.
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