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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Review - Shadow Boxing by Karen Wiesner

Title: Shadow Boxing (Family Heirloom Series Book Two)

Author: Karen Wiesner

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

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Rating: You Want To Read

Reviewer: Laura

As a teenager, Justine Morris’s escape from the pressures of caring for her dying father was stolen moments with Joshua Samuels. But their tender, desperate liaison found them facing teen pregnancy. Afraid of their Christian families’ responses to the situation, they married quickly and built a life for their child.But now that their daughter is ready to fly the nest, Justine can no longer ignore the truth: She and Joshua haven’t had a real marriage for a long time. Maybe they never had one at all.

Joshua is only too aware that his busy, professional attorney wife is an independent woman who never really needed him. After nearly two decades of marriage, he’s quit trying to get more than a piece of her at a time. Without their daughter holding them together, he knows the chasm between them will grow to epic proportions.

Their empty nest looming, they face the hard questions. Had they married in love…or out of a hasty sense of responsibility? Was it God’s will for them to be together? And now, is it worth the effort to learn to become one as the Lord intends for a man and a woman…or better to simply let go?

While reading this novel, I was incredulous at the amount of time this couple allowed to pass before they realized there was a problem in their marriage. I mean, 18 years of marriage, and they just now are figuring out that things don’t have to be this way. As the story continued, I was able to see where the author was headed and allowed the plot to unfold and divulge her thought process. The trials and tribulations and numerous miscommunicated messages led me to understand why Joshua and Justine ended up in such a convoluted marriage. Thankfully, Vashti, their daughter, was smart enough to throw them a life preserver that ended up saving all three of them. It is my feeling that the book could have been a little shorter and thereby not make the characters look quite so dense in not having seen the forest for the trees. I liked this book better than Book One and am curious to see how Book Three turns out.

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