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August 2, 2018 in my point of view
Restoring Faith by Marion Ueckermann, Reprinted with author’s permission:
When love grows cold and vows forgotten, can faith be restored?
Charles and Faith Young are numbers people. While Charles spends his days in a fancy Fort Collins office number-crunching, Faith teaches math to the students of Colorado High. Married for sixteen years, Charles and Faith both know unequivocally that one plus one should never equal three.
When blame becomes the order of the day in the Young household for their failing marriage—blaming each other; blaming themselves—Charles and Faith each search for answers why the flame of love no longer burns brightly. In their efforts, one takes comfort from another a step too far. One chooses not to get mad, but to get even.
Dying love is a slow burn. Is it too late for Charles and Faith to fan the embers and make love rise once again from the ashes of their broken marriage? Can they find their first love again—for each other, and for God?
my point of view:
I have been lucky enough to have read several of Marion Ueckermann’s novels over the years, and do enjoy her writing style!
This story of a marriage in crisis is just amazing. I mean, not that I like to see a marriage in trouble, but who doesn’t have issues in their relationships come up over the long term? Ever? Don’t get me wrong, I love the stories that always have the “Happily Ever After” endings, but don’t you ever wonder what conflicts those couples may face years down the road? How do truly Christian couples deal with hard situations in their marriage? What about when there are children involved? These are issues, more often than not, avoided by most writers, for obvious reasons, right?! Marion takes a lot of these concerns and struggles in married life and puts them against the wall in Restoring Faith.
I also like the change of pace in the age and “stage of life” for these characters, as in, you know, not youngsters looking for their first love, so to speak. Faith and Charles Young are struggling with the current state of their relationship, and both are growing weary of putting on a “happy face” while in the company of friends, colleagues and even family members. It’s gotten to the point where their teenage son is realizing that things are strained at home too.
There is so much going on in these people’s lives, and Marion has a way of truly making these characters come to life by giving you both of their points of view in such a heartfelt real way that I found myself actually praying for Faith and Charles to find a way back to each other, and God. They experience a lot of heartache, much miscommunication…and some seriously unexpected twists and turns along the way. I can usually “see” things coming before they happen in novels, but this one definitely had a few surprises for me! I say that in a good way!
This book is another winner for me, and I sincerely hope you all enjoy it as well!!
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About the author:
MARION UECKERMANN’s passion for writing was sparked when she moved to Ireland with her family. Her love of travel has influenced her contemporary inspirational romances set in novel places. Marion and her husband again live in South Africa, but with two gorgeous grandsons hanging their hats at the house next door, their empty nest’s no longer so empty.
Visit Marion at www.marionueckermann.net