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Thursday, March 5, 2009

This Side of Heaven by Karen Kingsbury (Book Review)


Title: This Side of Heaven
Available: Now

First sentence: The pain was a living, breathing demon, pressing its claws deep into his flesh and promising never to let go, not until death had the final word.

Nothing had worked out as Josh Warren had planned. After high school, his girlfriend Becky had broken up with him, he quit school and became a tow truck driver. He had a dream of opening his own tow truck business.

A year after a wild week in Vegas he discovers he is the father of a little girl, Savannah. Her mom wants child support, but Josh does not have the amount that she wants, so she stops contacting him and he is left to wonder about his child. Soon after that, an accident at work leaves Josh with severe back pain and fighting for a settlement from an insurance company. He hopes with the settlement money he can get the surgery he needs on his back, find his daughter, who is now seven, and open up his tow truck business. He has hope again as he just rededicated his life to Christ.

Josh's parents, especially his mom Annie, has felt great disappointment in Josh. They do not understand why he would want to drive tow trucks. They had expected him to go to college and marry Becky. They are convinced that Savannah is not his daughter and want him to let go of those thoughts himself. Annie feels he has thrown his life away.

When Josh is not able to search for Savannah, will Annie pick up his cause and fight to find Savannah to try to discover if she is truly his daughter? And will she take the time to discover the man that her son has become?

This book pulled me in immediately and got me emotionally attached. Then it punched me in the gut and left me crying and trying to catch my breath - only to lead me on to a victorious ending, even though it is not the one you can only imagine.
I love Karen Kingsbury and how her books evoke great emotion - at least in me. At the end of this book she shares how this story is based on her brother Dave's life, which made me cry all over again. If you haven't had the opportunity to read one of her books - this would be a good one to start with.

Go here to read the first 2 1/2 chapters as well as her letter to her readers at the end of the book

4 comments:

Cheryl said...

Wow, that sounds intense!

bermudaonion said...

I'm looking forward to reading this one - didn't know it was going to make me cry. I'll make sure to have a box of tissues handy.

Staci said...

I have liked the few books I've read by Karen Kingsbury. This one sounds great even if its going to make me cry!!

Anna said...

Thanks for the review! I read a Kingsbury book several years ago and enjoyed it. I might check this one out.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

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