Always Come Home
The novel is about loss and survivor’s guilt. Our veterans went to war for us but on returning, a part of them is always left behind, wondering ‘what if?’ Bonds are formed with men and dogs in their units. It is unthinkable to leave anyone behind. Guilt consumes the survivors. “Guilt, even if undeserved, may be the hardest thing to overcome.”
Loss eats up two of the characters. “Stuck between her life Before and an After she was afraid to embrace.” We must face our past before we can move into our future.
The novel shows the importance of God. God is not a distant God. He is as close to us as we want Him to be. “He… didn’t believe God believed in him.” God believes in each and every one of us.
There are some wonderful unique and realistic characters portrayed. The reader can ‘feel’ the warmth of Lovey and ‘understand’ the protective nature of Walt. The openness and inclusiveness of McKenna was a breath of fresh air as she saw goodness in everyone.
Healing was a major theme. Some have visible scars, others are hidden but we know One who can heal us all.
An air of suspense and intrigue surrounds the novel. As the crimes and body count mounts up, see if you can guess the perpetrator.
Coming home is another theme. Sometimes home is a physical place. more often than not, home is to be found in a person and His Name is Jesus. There was a wonderful analogy with injured sea turtles. “Sometimes when they’re injured, they get lost somewhere along the way. They need our help to make it home.” We are all travelling through life and sometimes we need to come alongside others to help them come home.
A wonderful, entertaining tale with life lessons and godly wisdom for us all.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: A Vast and Gracious Tide
Author: Lisa Carter
June 12, 2018
Inspirational Romantic Suspense
A wounded veteran and the police chief’s daughter must work together to bring a killer to
justice Caden Wallis lost friends, his girlfriend, and even his leg to the ravages of war. He arrives on the Outer Banks broken and still reeling, struggling to make peace with his new life. McKenna Dockery has been stuck in limbo since her fiancé died three years ago. Now, when the handsome yet heartbroken Caden arrives at her doorstep, she starts to wonder if there may be hope for her heart after all . . . But no sooner do they meet than a man is found murdered on McKenna’s property –and Caden is the prime suspect. The two must learn to trust each other, or no one will be safe in the tangled web of conspiracy, greed, and deceit lurking in the tidal marshlands of the Outer Banks.
Award-winning author Lisa Carter describes her Southern suspense novels as “sweet tea with a slice of murder.” She is the bestselling author of seven romantic suspense novels, four historical novellas, and a contemporary Coast Guard series. Lisa enjoys traveling to romantic locales and researching her next exotic adventure. A native North Carolinian, she has strong opinions on barbecue and ACC basketball.
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