Saturday, 30 January 2010

Watch Over Me by Christa Parrish


Deputy Benjamin Patil is the one to find the infant girl--hours old, abandoned in a field. When the mother can't be located, Ben and his wife, Abbi, seem like the perfect couple to serve as foster parents. But the baby's arrival opens old wounds for Abbi and shines a harsh light on how much Ben has changed since a devastating tour in Iraq. Their marriage teeters on the brink and now they must choose to either reclaim what they once had or lose each other forever.

My take:~

Christa Parrish's writing is a breath of fresh air in Christian publishing. Watch Over Me is just as impressive as her debut story, Home Another Way, written with heart to touch your soul.

Perceptive and authentic, Christa peels back the layers of the disintegrating marriage of Benjamin and Abbi Patel, revealing two hurting souls
fearful healing their relationship is beyond them. Highlighting the isolation of battle trauma that has altered Ben's personality and the corrosive affect infertility has on Abbi's self worth, this is a painful yet ultimately uplifting read yet not in the way you expect. Other complex relationships are explored in the home of Matthew Savoie as the young teen struggles to overcome his disability and find acceptance from his dismissive Aunt and troubled cousins. Christa's literary gifts are many but her unerring ability to write authentically about the human heart and genuine spiritual struggle sets her apart from most of her contemporaries. Watch Over Me is a journey that will linger in your heart and mind long after the final chapter ends.

With thanks to Bethany House for my review copy

Relz Reviewz Extras

Review of Home Another Way

Character spotlight on Sarah Graham from Home Another Way

with Christa

Visit Christa's website and blog

Buy Christa's book at Amazon or Koorong


Anonymous said...

Thank you, Rel! I used to worry I was running out of good books to read, but thanks to your site, now I'm simply running out of time to read good books!

Word Lily said...

I have this one on my shelf, waiting patiently for me to get around to reading it. Hopefully it won't be waiting too long!

Rel said...

Thanks Jennifer - it is great to hear that my aim for this site is working. I've been enjoying all your comments :)

I'd love to hear your thoughts when you get to read it, Word Lily

scrappy quilter said...

Another one I put on my list. Thank you.

Nicole said...

Good read. Well written. (Reviewed on my blog, too, Rel.)

Christa Parrish said...
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Christa Parrish said...

Rel, thank you so much. Your words are an encouragement, and I am so grateful for your hard work on behalf of Christian fiction. I hope one day we can meet. Australia or bust!

In Him,

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