Saturday, May 26, 2012

Book Review: Need You Now (Beth Wiseman)

Review of Need You Now by Beth Wiseman.

Tired of the big city, Brad and Darlene Henderson move their family out of Houston and into a smaller town called Round Top, Texas. Their middle daughter, Grace, does not handle the move very well and takes up a dangerous activity.

Darlene decides to take a job outside the home working at a special needs school for the first time in many, many years. She enjoys the job and feels like she is making a difference, but at the same time tensions begin to rise between her and her husband. When a divorced parent of one of her students begins paying attention to her, Darlene feels like someone is actually listening to her for the first time in a long time. When Brad blames Darlene's and her job for Grace's issues, a wedge is driven between the two and only God can fix things.

Darlene does befriend their neighbor, the lovely Layla Jager, a former well-known actress. Layla doesn't open up to people easily (fearing they will only like her for her celebrity status) but Darlene manages to get her to open up and the friendship is beneficial to both Darlene and Layla.

This is Beth Wiseman's first contemporary fiction novel, and while I think I prefer her Amish fiction, I did enjoy this book. The story drew me in and was a good read.

Thank you to BookSneeze for providing me with a free review copy of this book!