Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Book Review: Travelers Rest

I started reading Travelers Rest by Ann Tatlock a few months ago.  But the beginning is slow and I soon lost interest.  Last week I had nothing else to read so I decided to give it a go and read through the end.  I'm glad I did.  It did turn out to be a good book once you got past the first few chapters.  

Jane is engaged to Seth, but before they could get married, Seth went off to war where he was shot and paralyzed from the neck down.  Upon returning stateside, Seth tells Jane to forget about him and to not come see him at the hospital.  Jane, of course, ignores him and uproots her life and moves for the summer so she can visit him anyway.  Seth claims to no longer want to get married--out of his love for her, he wants Jane to move on.  The more Seth pushes Jane away, the harder she fights to convince Seth to accept her love and keep his promise to marry her.

Throughout the summer of daily hospital visits to see Seth, Jane receives a lot of encouragement from seemingly random people at the hospital to keep on going when she is tempted to give up.  She enlists many of these new friends to help her come up with ways to cheer Seth up and to help bring out the man he used to be.

Despite her family and friends trying to convince Jane to move on, Jane remains steadfast to the man she loves.  Despite being faced with the challenge of caring for a quadriplegic for the rest of her life, she is determined to do it anyway.  Jane is a wonderful example of making a commitment and seeing it through no matter what.

I won't spoil the end for you, but it wasn't what I was expecting.  The twisting plots that seemed so random in the middle of the book suddenly came together and made sense.  The conclusion is a happy one.

**Thank you Bethany House Publishers for giving me a copy of this book to review.  All of the opinions expressed in this review are mine.**

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