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Beyond the shadows
Hatcher, Robin Lee.
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Wheaton, Ill. : Tyndale House, [2004]

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319 pages ; 21 cm
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When Deborah Haskin's husband dies, her world is torn apart. She finds hope and healing when an old war buddy of her husband's shows up on her doorstep. But as she begins to open up to Gideon Clermont, Deborah comes to some terrible realizations-Gideon suffers from alcoholism, and sometimes the people who bring healing bring hurt as well. Deborah learns to cling to Jesus as her only true hope. A poignant tale of pain and redemption.

Author Notes

Best-selling author Robin Lee Hatcher was born in 1951 and has written over 45 contemporary and historical novels. She has received numerous awards including the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, and RWA's Lifetime Achievement Award. Her novel Catching Katie was named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Library Journal. She is also the past President of Romance Writers of America, Inc. She currently lives in Boise, Idaho.

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Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

The prolific, award-winning Hatcher offers this message-driven story of the impact of alcoholism on a Christian family in the 1950s, with mixed results. After 15 months of marriage, Deborah Haskin's beloved husband, Andy, dies in a freak farming accident, and she's left with a 40-acre farm and a broken heart. Then Gideon Clermont, a handsome Korean War veteran buddy of Andy's, shows up to help her. Deborah, the first-person narrator, finds solace for her grief in a swift romance, but disaster is lurking. Although she discovers that Gideon has covered up a drinking problem that threatens to destroy their newfound happiness, the co-dependent Deborah reassures herself, "He's fine. We're all fine." Many short first-person testimonies by other characters work surprisingly well to round out the story. However, it is rife with scripture quoting, Deborah talking to God in italics, God talking back to Deborah ("Do you think I was surprised by what you did, beloved?") and Christian lingo that will resonate with a hardcore evangelical audience but lose most others. The second half of the novel becomes more didactic about alcoholism, and Deborah's life is used as a device to demonstrate the novel's view of how Christian women should respond to an alcoholic husband-as the book makes clear, God hates divorce. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Deborah Haskin's world is shattered when her husband, Andy, dies in the Korean War. As much as she wants to fall to pieces, she knows that he would want her to try to keep the Idaho farm that had been his life's dream. When Andy's war buddy, Gideon Clermont, shows up on her doorstep after the funeral, Deborah doesn't know what to make of him, especially when she learns that he is an alcoholic. But God uses Gideon to help Deborah work through her grief to a new place of hope and faith. Award-winning romance and inspirational author Hatcher (Catching Katie) tackles a difficult subject: the frequency of alcoholism among churchgoers and the church's reaction to it. Hatcher's many fans will enjoy this thought-provoking romance, which would also make a good reading-group choice. Hatcher resides in Boise, ID. [See also Book Briefs, at the right.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.