About: In this moving sequel to Even Now, Emily Anderson, now twenty, is attending college on a soccer scholarship when she meets the man who changes everything for her: Army reservist Justin Baker. Their tender relationship, founded on a mutual faith in God and nurtured by their trust and love for each other, proves to be a shining inspiration to everyone they know, especially Emily’s reunited birth parents, Lauren Gibbs and Shane Galanter. Lauren and Shane still struggle to move past their opposing beliefs about war, politics, and faith. Shane believes it’s possible; Lauren doesn’t. So she says a painful good-bye to her long-ago love and returns to her job as a war correspondent in Afghanistan. Both Lauren and Shane are shattered, believing that this time their relationship has truly ended forever. Then tragedy sends shock waves through all their lives. Can Lauren and Shane set aside their opposing views so that love—God’s love—might win, no matter how great the odds?
Genre: Christian fiction, romance.
My Rating: 5 stars.
My Recommendation: 16 up.
My Favorite Character/s: Justin’s love and care for everyone he meets is shown throughout the book and I loved how he’s the perfect guy for Emily. He is my favorite of the guys in this series more so even than Emily’s father who I liked a lot.
My Verse for Justin is Psalm 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. (King James Version.)
My Thoughts: Books don’t make me cry . . . Not unless they feel real and I mean truly real. This book? Yes, it almost had me sobbing, yes it had me crying. It ripped my heart out. Still, the ending was perfect even if it wasn’t what I wanted. It may have been better than I expected and I loved it even with the sadness, as a matter of fact, this is one of the most serious novels I read so far this year and I look forward to reading more by the author.
Warnings: There are mentions of blood and in all it shows war with truth and war is harsh.