Travelers Rest, by Ann Tatlock

book coverA YOUNG WOMAN determined to honor her commitment…

AN INJURED SOLDIER convinced life is no longer worth living…

A RETIRED DOCTOR certain it’s too late to be forgiven…

Jane Morrow has a dilemma, and love alone may not solve it. Her faith has never been strong, yet somehow she hopes God will answer her prayers and tell her what to do. The answer she finds may not be at all what she expected…

Don’t let the sepia cover fool you. This is a modern day story and Jane Morrow is facing what so many women have probably faced in recent times. Her fiancé Seth – a member of the National Guard – has returned home severely injured from Iraq. He’s paralyzed and depressed. He doesn’t want her to visit him at the Veterans Administration hospital but she goes anyway. The war might be over for him, but the battle for their relationship is just beginning. Well-meaning friends have suggested Jane move on with her life, but she can’t.

It is during her visits to the hospital that Jane meets two other people who are integral to the story. First, there is Truman Rockaway, a retired doctor who lives at the hospital and often assists the younger doctors and nurses. Having experienced the racial discrimination of the Jim Crow years, his story is one of heartache, tragedy and the search for forgiveness. If Jane’s story is the main focus of Travelers Rest, his is the secondary tale. The other significant person Jane meets is a legally blind volunteer, Jon-Paul, who is in a unique position to understand Seth. There are other characters as well, such as the wonderful Ugandan nursing students, Hangson ‘Hoboken’ Bwambale and Bwanandeke ‘Sausalito’ Baluku. Their lightheartedness is a great counterpoint to the gravity of the novel.

Travelers Rest, a real place by the way, is not the main setting of the story. It is, however, the final destination. I see it as a metaphor; it isn’t just a South Carolina town, it’s that point in time when we can permanently lay down our burdens. Ann Tatlock included a quote from Jeremy Camp’s song There Will Be a Day at the start of the book. I listened to it three times while writing this review and, knowing where Seth’s story goes, it is perfect for this book.

I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book, to be honest. Thankfully, books have a way of surprising me. As I reflected on what I’d read for this review, I reminded myself of the lessons I’ve learned. Appreciate each day, focus on what you have instead of what you don’t have, and don’t be afraid to give your troubles to God the Father. He will take care of you, even if it’s not in the way you expect.

Publisher: Bethany House

Publication Date: 01 May 2012

Page Count: 352

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Thank you to Bethany House for my free copy of Travelers Rest, which I received in exchange for an honest review. 


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