Monday, October 19, 2009

Book: Watch Over Me

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Watch Over Me

(Bethany House October 1, 2009)


Christa Parrish

Christa Parrish graduated high school at 16, with every intention of becoming a surgeon. After college, however, her love of all things creative led her in another direction, and she worked in both theatre and journalism.

A winner of Associated Press awards for her reporting, Christa gave up her career after the birth of her son, Jacob. She continued to write from home, doing pro bono work for the New York Family Policy Council, where her articles appeared in Focus on the Family’s Citizen magazine. She was also a finalist in World magazine’s WORLDview short story contest, sponsored by WestBow press. She now teaches literature and writing to high school students, is a homeschool mom, and lives with her husband, author Chris Coppernoll, and son in upstate New York, where she is at work on her third novel.


Her rescue might be the thing they needed. Things like this don't happen in Beck County. Deputy Benjamin Patil is the one to find the infant girl, hours old, abandoned in a field. As police work to identify the mother, Ben and his wife, Abbi, seem like the obvious couple to serve as foster parents. But the newborn's arrival opens old wounds for Abbi and shines a harsh light on how much Ben has changed since a devastating military tour. Their marriage teeters on the brink and now they must choose to reclaim what they once had or lose each other forever.


This is the second of Christa Parrish's novels and in both her writing is just superb. The characters are so real you feel like you know them, yet the story is told in more of a journalistic style so you aren't overwhelmed with their emotions (and there are plenty!).

This story has a parallel story line told by a deaf boy, which I really enjoyed. Seeing the world through those eyes is a totally different perspective. It also highlights the stresses and realities that our soldiers go through coming home from the war zones, another thing I haven't had much exposure to.

I highly recommend this book!

If you would like to read the first chapter of Watch Over Me, go HERE

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