Intertwined by Jennifer Slattery
Author: Jennifer Slattery
Publisher: New Hope Publishers
My rating is 5 stars.
The story is definitely a heart-tugging, attention-grabbing, emotional rollercoaster kind of novel. The main female character is named Tammy. She finds her marriage falling apart, single-parenting is more than a challenge, her work as an organ procurement coordinator fulfilling and she seeks to speak the gospel message to her clients.
Nick is a divorcee who loses his firstborn son in an accident, which is how his and Tammy’s paths cross again. They had not seen each other since high school ten years ago. Nick is dealing with grief and an ex-wife who is keeping their other son away from him as she blames him for the death of their first son.
I found the themes of prayer, leaning on the Lord, forgiveness, trust and more very refreshing to see in the tale. The author shows us through other minor characters what unforgiveness, bitterness and other unresolved feelings can do to an individual as well as having a rippling effect on others.
Another aspect of the story that brings the aspect of reality to it is that resolving issues and dealing with emotions takes time. The subplot of a father unknown by his son and learning what he was told about his father was not truth caused Nick to go looking to find out what really became of his dad. The book doesn’t tie up all the various threads into nice packages with some threads are left hanging. I think that leaves it to the reader’s imagination as to how situations can possibly be resolved.
I highly recommend Jennifer’s novel and consider the many ways we can stand beside a friend, learn from others’ mistakes and as well as our own. Readers will also be shown that finding the fulfillment we seek isn’t in a paycheck, but in sharing Jesus with whomever we meet this side of heaven!
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