Denying health problems even when panic attacks are suspected to be brought on by suppressed memories and past hurts, Patricia acknowledges she is being adversely affected by a secret she’s kept from everyone she loves.
Together, Amber and Patricia attend a support group designed to help them deal with their carefully guarded secrets. Patricia thinks her past will remain in the past until Dr. John Williams comes to town, bringing with him memories she has kept to herself for decades. Now she battles her growing fear that what transpired between them years before will affect her future in negative ways.
This quote from Amber caught my attention: “If I truly want God’s best and I really trust Him, then I have to be okay with whatever comes . . . I have to trust in God’s love for me,” made me pause momentarily and breath a prayer of thanks for this reminder. I’ve forgotten to trust God more times than I care to remember.
While facing their past is scary, they believe God will bring them through their individual valleys of darkness. They show a tremendous amount of spiritual and emotional growth, and the people who care about and pray for them are delighted to see them finally set free.
The story itself presented several valuable lessons on forgiveness and trusting God and believing He’s working all things in our lives for good, and this theme is a great reminder that it’s never too late to turn our burdens over to Him. For anyone wrestling with the concept of God redeeming the past and providing much-needed victory, this is a gentle reminder that He wants us to quit carrying the burdens our shoulders were never meant to bear and simply accept that His grace is sufficient. Keeping that in mind makes releasing anxiety, worry, frustration, hurt, unforgiveness ~ you name it ~ to Him much easier.
Here is another one of my favorite quote comes from Patricia when she’s having a conversation with Amber: “Fight fear with truth. You are not alone in your fear; you are not alone in your pain. And neither fear nor pain is from God. He wants to free us both from what we carry.”
This is an intense, emotional and satisfying story of love, healing and restoration. Carrie creates characters and situations so true to life it’s easy to identify with them, and this story feels like it’s about real people. She is a compassionate storyteller who draws her readers in as characters face their past hurts head on, deal with the consequences of their decisions, and learn to lean on the power of God’s love and restoration. She throws in a couple of surprises but helps Patricia and Amber find closure in a way that tied up the loose ends and left me satisfied.
I want to add that Carrie did an excellent job of weaving the supernatural into this story, as she has done in the previous three books, in a way that is believable and keeps me on my toes as I look for the angelic interventions I may encounter in my own life.
Even if you haven’t read any of Carrie’s other books in this series or are reading this book out of sequence, you are in for a treat and reading this book first will not ruin the plot in any of the others for you. You will not feel left out or like you’re missing any necessary details.