He thought he’d found the thrill of his life; she, the romance she’d hadn’t dared to hope for. Falling in love had been easy. Being married? Totally different story.

Synopsis:

Married within a year of meeting, Ethan and Brandi add a foster daughter to their newly established family. Their story is enchanting—inspiring. Except when the fairytale fails. The stresses of unmet expectations and wounds from their pasts knife into their marriage, severing what they believed would be forever.

Hope for a broken marriage. Healing for their wounded spirits. It would take both to find evergreen. Are they brave enough to try?

My Thoughts:

Ethan and Brandi started their marriage expecting the other person to fill a void in their heart, not considering that marriage isn’t so much about what you get, but what you give to the other person. Add on top of unrealistic expectations, they decided to foster an 11-year old girl with anger issues, & explosive tempers; and you have the making of a perfect (or not so perfect) storm.

This deeply poignant story is filled with raw emotion and characters so real you feel the story with them. These characters are sure to break your heart and have you reaching for the nearest kleenex box.

The author doesn’t shy away from the tough topics, nor from the raw emotion of the characters. Life in all its glorious messy bits is fully on display. Just like real life, the story is intense and there were times I had to put the story down, just to come up for air and clear my head. At the end of it all, I can honestly say my heart was full (and I’ll never look at evergreen trees the same again).

I haven’t yet read the first two stories in this series, but I have added them to my #TBR. This story could be easily read as a stand-alone. I give this story 4.5 stars and would recommend it to anyone who is searching for a story to read that faces head-on the difficult topics that we all deal with at one time or another.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

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About the Author:

JenniferRodewald Jennifer Rodewald is passionate about the Word of God and the powerful vehicle of story. Four kids and her own personal superman make her home in southwestern Nebraska delightfully chaotic.

Born in Colorado, she experienced both the seclusion of rugged mountain living and the busy streets of a Denver suburb during her growing up years. Somewhere in the middle of college, she married a Husker and found her way back to the quiet lifestyle of a rural area, which suits just fine.

Blessed with a robust curiosity, Jen loves to research. Whether she’s investigating the history of a given area, the biography of a Christian icon, or how nature declares the glory of God, her daily goal is to learn something new. Aiming to live with boundless enthusiasm, her creed is vision, pursuit, and excellence.

Jen lives and writes in a lovely speck of a town where she watches with amazement while her children grow up way too fast, gardens, and marvels at God’s mighty hand in everyday life.

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 Finding Evergreen (Grace Revealed #3)

Other books in this series:

  Blue Columbine (Grace Revealed #1)

 Red Rose Bouquet (Grace Revealed #2)

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