Julia and Matt Whittaker's son has beaten the odds for thirteen years only to have the odds—and his liver—crash precipitously. The only hope for his survival is a "living liver" transplant, but the transplant list is long and Dillon's time is short. His two older half-sisters, born eighteen months apart to two different fathers, offer his only hope for survival.
But can Julia ask a young woman—someone she surrendered to strangers long ago and has never spoken with—to make such a sacrifice to save a brother she's never known? Can she muster the courage to journey back into a shame-filled season of her life, face her choices and their consequences, and find any hope of healing?
And what if she discovers in her own daughters' lives that a history of foolish choices threatens to repeat itself? Julia knows she's probably embarking on a fool's errand—searching for the daughters she abandoned only now that she needs something from them. But love compels Julia to take this journey. Can grace and forgiveness compel her daughters to join her?
In To Know You, Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel explore how the past creates the present . . . and how even the most shattered lives can be redeemed.
My take: To Know You is a completely gripping novel about choices, consequences, and incredible grace. It beautifully shows the weight of sin and the power of Christ to redeem.
Told from multiple perspectives, this novel really allowed me to get into the head of each main character and understand how her choices led her to the place she was when the novel began and ended. Most events in the novel seemed to transpire organically, and the resolution regarding Dillon was not what I expected, but it fit.
The one aspect that didn't quite ring true to me was the interaction with Julia's second daughter's birth father. That wrapped up a little too neatly for me to believe. (I'm not saying things couldn't happen as they did, but it does seem unlikely.)
As I reached the novel's conclusion, I wanted more ... so I was very happy to turn the page and find that a second book centered around Julia's daughter Destiny's adoptive family will release next year. I'm already itching to get my hands on it.
To Know You is a gripping novel that also serves as a cautionary tale to all women, single or married. I highly recommend it!
My rating: 4-1/2 stars
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Kathryn Mackel is a best-selling author and acclaimed screenwriter for Disney and Fox. She was on the screenwriting team for Left Behind: The Movie, and Frank Peretti's Hangman's Curse. She is the acclaimed author of The Surrogate, The Departed, and The Hidden and resides in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband.
Learn more about Kathryn: http://www.kathrynmackel.com
About the giveaway:
Shannon Ethridge is celebrating the release of To Know You (co-written by Kathryn Mackel), by giving away a $100 gift certificate to Lisa Leonard Designs and a personal coaching session, as well as throwing a Facebook Author Chat Party!
One winner will receive:
- A $100 gift certificate to Lisa Leonard Designs
- To Know You by Shannon Ethridge
So grab your copy of To Know You and join Shannon on the evening of November 19th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)
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