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Publisher Comments:

When Will and Merit Sullivan decide to escape midlife blues and buy a small, dilapidated resort in northern Idaho, their dreams finally seem within reach. More importantly, their twenty-year-old son Michael has just returned from Iraq, thrilling his younger sisters and making their family complete again.

So the morning Merit discovers she is pregnant, at the age of forty-five, she is shocked. Can their lake lifestyle adjust to having a little one in the house? It seems too much to ask-until devastating news forces the biggest decision of all. As Will and Merit face the greatest trial of their lives, the couple must re-examine their faith and their devotion to each other in a truer way than they could ever have imagined.

Inspired by a true story, Like Always explores the triumph of real-life love and asks if we can ever go back to the way things used to be.

Review:

"In this sentimental Christian novel, the Sullivan family faces a variety of trials both timeless and timely: mid-life career dissatisfaction, reentry into civilian life after military service in Iraq, unexpected pregnancy and terminal illness. As they cope with these challenges, parents Merit and Will, as well as their adult son Michael, find themselves drawing closer to God and to each other. Set against the beautiful backdrop of rural northern Idaho, the narrative unfolds in brief vignettes in which the Sullivans and their friends renovate a dilapidated resort, go fishing and camping, and hunker down companionably during dramatic weather. While these bucolic scenes are likely to appeal to fans of light Christian fiction, Elmer's heavy-handed treatment of the plot's central crisis nearly transforms the novel into a political screed. Rather than acknowledging that Christians of good conscience could come to different conclusions regarding the heartbreaking moral dilemma his main characters face, Elmer rushes to paint characters who endorse one point of view as shrill and godless, and those who hold the other as holy and heroic. While socially conservative readers looking for fiction that affirms their values may appreciate this book, those hoping for multidimensional characters who grapple genuinely with hard questions will probably be disappointed." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

Can love triumph in the face of tragedy? Following their dream, Will and Merit Sullivan move their family to a dilapidated resort in Idaho. When 45-year-old Merit discovers she's pregnant, they wonder if their lakeside lifestyle has room for another little one--until devastating news forces an even bigger decision.

About the Author

Robert Elmer is the author of The Duet, The Celebrity, The Recital, and the HyperLinkz youth series. He has also written nonfiction books for adults, and five other popular youth series, with combined sales of over half a million books. He lives with his wife, Ronda, and their small dog in a town very much like Scenic Bay in Idaho.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400071654
Publisher:
WaterBrook Press
Subject:
Religious - General
Author:
Elmer, Robert
Author:
Robert, Elmer
Subject:
Christian - General
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Middle age
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Fiction-Religious - General
Subject:
Christianity-Christian Fiction
Subject:
Religion Western-Religious Fiction
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070619
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.16x5.56x.69 in. .62 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group - English 9781400071654 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In this sentimental Christian novel, the Sullivan family faces a variety of trials both timeless and timely: mid-life career dissatisfaction, reentry into civilian life after military service in Iraq, unexpected pregnancy and terminal illness. As they cope with these challenges, parents Merit and Will, as well as their adult son Michael, find themselves drawing closer to God and to each other. Set against the beautiful backdrop of rural northern Idaho, the narrative unfolds in brief vignettes in which the Sullivans and their friends renovate a dilapidated resort, go fishing and camping, and hunker down companionably during dramatic weather. While these bucolic scenes are likely to appeal to fans of light Christian fiction, Elmer's heavy-handed treatment of the plot's central crisis nearly transforms the novel into a political screed. Rather than acknowledging that Christians of good conscience could come to different conclusions regarding the heartbreaking moral dilemma his main characters face, Elmer rushes to paint characters who endorse one point of view as shrill and godless, and those who hold the other as holy and heroic. While socially conservative readers looking for fiction that affirms their values may appreciate this book, those hoping for multidimensional characters who grapple genuinely with hard questions will probably be disappointed." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Can love triumph in the face of tragedy? Following their dream, Will and Merit Sullivan move their family to a dilapidated resort in Idaho. When 45-year-old Merit discovers she's pregnant, they wonder if their lakeside lifestyle has room for another little one--until devastating news forces an even bigger decision.
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