The men and women of our military should be thanked. Every day, they risk their lives in the name of our country. So many bring back the scars of war when they return home. Travelers Rest by Ann Tatlock is the story of one such man.
Jane Morrow and Seth Ballantine are engaged to be married when he is to deployed to Iraq. When they meet again almost a year later, Seth is in a veterans hospital. A sniper has rendered him a quadriplegic. He tries pushing Jane away, but she relies on her faith to help her through this tough time. She meets some new friends in the hospital and together they show Seth what love really means.
This is such a bittersweet story. I love the faith that Jane has in Seth and their relationship, but I know it must be hard for her on the inside. Ann uses her characters to beautifully complement one another. I love the intertwining stories of Truman, Jon-Paul, and the orderly cousins. Each character is equally important; the story would be lost without a single one. The plot is rich with details about the hospital and the characters. I felt like I was right alongside Ann as she visited with Seth.
Travelers Rest does not turn out the way I expected, but I understand how integral the right ending can be to a plot. I think it ended on a perfect note, no matter my expectations. I look forward to reading more novels by Ann Tatlock and hope they are equally as enjoyable.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book gratis from Bethany House. All opinions are my own.