Sunday, February 24, 2013

A Time to Mend by Sally John & Gary Smalley

Synopsis :

Max and Claire Beaumont seem to have the perfect marriage.  They live in a beautiful home, have four wonderful children and everything else that success and money can buy.  Yet beneath this picture-perfect exterior, Claire's life is falling apart.  She can no longer hold her peace and keep up appearances. After all the silent years, she must speak the truth.

As their lives unravel, deep needs and even deeper hurts are revealed. not only the wounds between husband and wife, but family wounds as well.  Will this time of soul-searching and conflict bring them closer together - or tear their marriage apart?

It's a strange irony to leave home in search of a safe harbor. Yet that is often where the journey begins...especially when it is time to mend.

I bought A Time To Mend when Logos Hope sailed into town about 2 years ago (Goodness! has it been that long?). I haven't read anything by Sally John before but Gary Smalley co-wrote The Redemption Series with Karen Kingsbury and till today, it's still one of my favourite series of such nature so I thought I give it a try.  Another reason was also because there wasn't much choice

I don't regret reading A Time To Mend but I could have done without it too.  It was an okey book, wasn't up to my expectation but I did come away with better understanding of the theme.  The overall theme of this series - Safe Habour refers to the need of feeling completely safe in relationships, be it emotionally safe or physically safe.  Claire did not feel safe.  She blames it on husband Max for the insecurity she is feeling but as she deals deeper into her past, she feels that she need to shoulder part of the blame as well.

I don't really like Claire and I don't really understand her.  Perhaps in another time, another season I might understand her better but right here and now, I don't but I try to as there could be many Claires around us.

In a nutshell, mistakes were made, dangers were faced, hurts were faced, temptations were encountered, forgiveness were extended and at the end of the day, the family and relationships were mended. 

A Time to Mend is book #1 in the Safe Habour Series.  Book #2 is entitled A Time to Gather and book #3 is entitled A Time to Surrender.  I don't have either so unless I do, I won't be doing any review on them.

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