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* I’ve fallen behind on some of my reviews. So this week I’m playing a bit of catch up. ENJOY!

 

BOOK REVIEW – HOPE DEFERRED by ELIZABETH MADDREY

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~ Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 ~

 

Sisters June and July grew up like most little girls, anticipating the day they would become mommies. And like most little girls, they never thought about infertility.

 

Cold, hard reality is harsh, however, as both sisters face the unthinkable and strive to make the impossible happen. And as the cold, harsh reality sinks in, they both look at the options available to them. Though each of their journeys have been vastly different, the net result it the same: no babies. But can pursuit of a blessing become a curse?

 

One sister faces decisions that challenge her faith and her pro-life stand, while the other sister’s marriage is crumbling.

 

Ms. Maddrey addresses a topic that is not typical for fiction, at least in this reviewer’s experience. Infertility is not commonly accepted in conversation, let alone reading material. And yet, Ms. Maddrey has told a compelling story with compassion, her characters are real and genuine, their hearts splayed on every page. As I read the words of the story, I could feel the angst and the sense of defeat – and failure; does society not expect, as “most little girls” do, that women produce offspring?

 

This story ends neatly, with a happy resolution for both sisters, if not their first choice. It is a journey in faith, trusting Father’s will for our lives and being willing to see things differently, outside the proverbial box.

 

Hope Deferred is the second in Ms. Maddrey’s ‘Remnants’ series. I look forward to reading the others in this series, and any others Ms. Maddrey has or will write.

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About the author:

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys.

 

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