Review ~ Travelers Rest by Ann Tatlock

Contemporary Fiction

Back of the book:

A young woman determined to honor her commitment . . .

An injured soldier convinced life is no longer worth living . . .

A retired doctor certain it’s too late to be forgiven . . .

Jane Morrow has a dilemma, and love alone may not solve it. Her faith has never been strong, yet somehow she hopes God will answer her prayers and tell her what to do. The answer she finds may not be at all what she expected . . .

About the Author:

When asked, “What are you trying to do through your writing?” Ann’s reply is:
Tell the truth. I’m trying to tell the truth not as I might happen to perceive it, but as the Bible reveals it. Fiction—telling a story that isn't true—is an excellent vehicle for talking about what IS true. And yes, Virginia, in this age of relativism, there is an Absolute. His name is Jesus.

My thoughts:

True confession time . . . When I first received this book I was not inspired to read it. The cover is a dull sepia toned picture of a front porch. The title isn't catchy. The description on the back of the book did not pull me in. In fact the only thing that sparked my interest at all was the author’s name on the cover.

The book just sat in my to be read pile gathering dust until the guilt of not reading it got the best of me. Once I picked it up and began reading, I knew I had fallen into that old saying of judging a book by its cover. I should have known better. I've read other work by Ann Tatlock and enjoyed it immensely. Travelers Rest is every bit as good as her other novels.

Ann writes in such an insightful way. She has brought us the stories of three different people and woven them together to form a tapestry of their lives. The solutions seem unachievable at times, but her writing always allows hope to peak through. Jane, Seth and Truman are the main characters, but like real life there are many others that fit in and flesh out this story.

Once again I’m left thinking about the unexpected turns in life and how those twists seem to straighten out in the end and make us the people we were meant to be. Let me leave you with two of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Surely Beethoven had loved beauty too, but he knew it wasn't enough, knew it wasn't the final thing. It was only a witness. Beauty sang of the One who created it, the One who pulled splendor out of His own breast and sowed it with open palms across the earth.”

“History, she saw, was simply people’s lives, the large events the sum total of individual stories, and much of it rode on a man’s or a woman’s response to heartache.”

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