Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Hannah Alexander
Publisher: Christian Writers Guild Publishing
“I used to preach to Joy that the hard times in a person’s life are divine appointments - opportunities to develop character in ways that might never otherwise be developed. A person’s choices impact the development of her character, and the closer those choices are to God’s plan for them, the better and quicker the development,” Zack reiterates in Hannah Alexander’s novel, Hallowed Halls.
At two hundred and sixty-nine pages, this Jerry B. Jenkins Select series paperback targets those who like medical romances that include redemptive relationships. With some slang and topics of illegitimacy, drug use, and the effects of divorce, the book would not be appropriate for immature readers.
In this current day tome set in the small town of Juliet, Missouri, thirty-two year old Dr. Joy Gilbert has returned home from Kansas City after being fired as a pain specialist by the controlling, wealthy, and divorced Weston Cline. To make complications worse, the obnoxious boss who has been trying to seduce her does not realize his fifteen year old daughter has stowed away in her vehicle, wanting to leave her fighting dysfunctional parents behind.
Returning home to her ailing and financially-strapped mother, Joy is further saddened remembering nine months ago, when Dr. Zach Travis broke off their wedding engagement without any explanation. Although she did not succumb to Cline’s romantic advances, she torn offering compassion for the man who has lost loved ones throughout the years as she starts working with Zach again at the local hospital.
As her mother deals with health issues and takes care of a menagerie of abandoned animals, Joy suggests Weston’s daughter stays with them for the summer. When the young girl experiences fainting spells, Joy wonders if a genetic disease that caused havoc in the family for decades is to blame. Reestablishing a medical relationship with her former fiancé to find the source of the teenager’s illness, Joy questions if she can feel God’s love and control in her life.
Having realistic characters that are forced to deal with their pasts of wrong choices that evolve into hard times, the pruning shears of forgiveness and acceptance heal broken hearts. With a second book in the future, the author has plenty of room to explore how shattered lives crave meaningful relationships as they deal with God and His merciful grace.
Thanks to The Book Club Network Inc. for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.