Tara had always imagined her happily ever after. But her fiancé’s secrets are changing this story into one she doesn’t even recognize.
Tara Faulkner and Seth Grissom grew up next door to each other in Savannah’s historic district. Their parents are best friends. They finish each other’s sentences all the time. Their fairy-tale wedding is a foregone conclusion . . . until Tara discovers another side to Seth three weeks before the wedding.
Reality has crashed in on Tara’s fairy tale—but hope will lead her to a future she couldn’t have planned for herself.
|Contributor(s)||Rebecca St. James , Nancy N. Rue|
|About the Contributor(s)||Rebecca St. James
Rebecca St. James, an Australian born Christian recording artist, is both a Grammy Award winner and multiple Dove Award recipient. She is also the bestselling author of Wait for Me, SHE Teen, and What Is He Thinking. She has appeared in the film Sarah’s Choice and provided a voice in VeggieTales An Easter Story.
Nancy N. Rue
Nancy Rue has written over 100 books for girls, is the editor of the Faithgirlz Bible, and is a popular speaker and radio guest with her expertise in tween and teen issues. She and husband, Jim, have raised a daughter of their own and now live in Tennessee.
|Release Date||Mar 17, 2015|
- Review by Mark
Set in Savannah’s historic district three weeks prior to the “destined to be” fairy tale marriage of Tara Faulkner and Seth Grissom, childhood friends from well to do families, the story takes us through Tara’s startling discovery about Seth-a secret that could postpone or cancel the wedding.
After an unnecessary argument over where the sofa should be placed in the couples soon-to be-townhome, Tara leaves Seth for a meeting with her bridesmaids. Afterwards, Tara decides to stop by the townhouse to surprise Seth, no easy task, and make up. Seth, son of the pastor of one of Savannah's largest congregations, and newly promoted CFO of Great Commission Ministries, is found at his computer viewing and participating in cyber porn. Tara is horrified and disintegrated at the discovery and runs from the house, her dreams shattered.
What to do next begins Tara’s journey of self-discovery and re-found faith. The secret has been discovered, Seth lies about seeking help for his addiction, and the wedding is called off. Seth is “outed” by an unknown source, both families are shamed. Tara literally stumbles in front of a source of comfort (a recovering porn addict minister) and is aided by a group of older women collectively known as “The Watch” The rest is your discovery.
I found the characters a bit unbelievable at first. Rich kids wanting for nothing. The authors were able to “bring them down” to the reader’s level smoothly. The descriptions of Savannah read like a travel guide and I feel like I could walk the streets and find the places Tara walked easily.
This book is a powerful example of how pornography addiction affects relationships and society, and does exist in an un-noticing world. Reflection questions and resources are provided by the authors
My biggest disappointment in this book was learning that the primary promotion of it is the responsibility of the authors, not the publishers.
(Posted on 4/16/2015)
- Review by Mari
This story is first and foremost about the characters. We are made to know them on a level as if they are our own friends. It speaks about topics that are prevalent in society today which helps to make their experiences real.
To me one last thing is a story of self discovery and honesty. Tara Faulkner believes that she knows what she wants and thinks that all is good in her life. Yet, she is soon tested to her limit by one person that she loves very dearly. We read of her self doubt and uncertainty about what steps to take next upon the new findings. It's quite a decadent maze of emotions to be honest.
So, if you love a great story about love and self discovery, this is definitely your next read. It's a versatile work that I believe many will enjoy.
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