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Review: Traveler’s Rest by Ann Tatlock

When Seth, quadriplegic since Operation Iraqi Freedom, was transferred to the hospital for disabled veterans, his fiancée Jane moved into town for the summer to be near him.  She wanted to support him and believed he would be rehabilitated.  However, she had not expected Seth’s deep emotional struggles as he tried to accept his future.  She had not expected her own struggles either, as she tried to cope with Seth’s pain.

Before long, Jane’s life revolved around the hospital, her fiancé Seth, an old doctor haunted by the past, and the blind pianist who helped Seth find joy.  As Jane faced her future, hesitantly seeking God’s guidance, she also had to face her past, and they came together in a surprising but satisfying way.

What a book!  Ann Tatlock’s Traveler’s Rest is well written, gripping, wise, full of memorable people, and moving but not sentimental.  In one way it’s heartbreakingly sad; in another it’s full of hope.   

I read Traveler’s Rest while coping with two deaths, one beautiful and another incredibly sad.  This book not only distracted me; it also comforted me.

Traveler’s Rest is a gem, completely unlike most modern stories, Christian or secular.  I highly recommend it.

You can read an excerpt here.

This is yet another book in the in the 2012 52 Books in 52 Weeks Challenge, and is also linked to Saturday Reviews.

Disclosure: This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. and is available at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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