Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Beneath the Night Tree

Beneath the Night TreeAuthor: Nicole Baart
ISBN: 978-1-4143-2323-7
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Purchase Link: Beneath the Night Tree
Source: Reader Views

Julia’s world is thrown off center when she opens her email to find a letter from the past. Unprepared for its effect on her future, the short note “I have thought about you every day for the past five years”, the apology “I’m sorry” and the question “Do I have a child?” are crippling to Julia as she is finally content with the way her life has turned out. Her heart torn by the email from her son’s father, Julia prepares to deal with Parker and his effect on their lives. Regardless of the outcome Daniel is the spitting image of his father, making Parker undeniably part of their story for better or worse. Julia’s unorthodox family is about to feel the effects of Parker on all their lives and it just might not be as bad as Julia fears.

Beneath the night tree is a heart wrenching yet triumphant novel that captures the essence of a mother’s love in the midst of her own fear and uncertainty. Julia’s story is truly poignant, bringing about a novel that is sincere of live, love and personal transformation. Julia, who has had a truly unorthodox life by many standards, is not all that different from many people in our world today. As she battles her insecurities and fears, Julia turns to those whom she loves and respects, letting them enable her to discover what is right for her. The novel is honest, brutal and sweet. It had me captivated from beginning to end; leaving me with mixed yet satisfied emotions.

Nicole Baart is an amazing writer. Her style is flawless, proven by the way she captivates her reader. Beneath the night tree felt so real, I often forgot I was reading a book. The author does a wonderful job of captivating the emotions and thoughts of each character, especially Julia as she deals with life changing decisions and events. The novel is categorized as Christian fiction but felt authentically human in nature. It mentions prayer as Julia Questions and pleas with God for guidance and understanding, however, it is done in a manner that makes the reader feel even a non-believer might do the same thing in the same situation. I highly recommend this novel to readers of all genres. It is moving and unexpected. I was very glad I read it and I look forward to reading more from Ms. Baart.


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