Sunday, April 13, 2014

What Follows After by Dan Walsh

About the book:

In 1962, life was simple, the world made sense, and all families were happy.
And when they weren't, everyone knew you were supposed to pretend.

For the past year, Scott and Gina Harrison have been living a lie. While they show up at family get-togethers in the same car, they've actually been separated for over a year. To keep up the charade, they've even instructed their sons, Colt and Timmy, to lie--to their grandparents, their teachers, and their friends.

Colt, for one, has had enough, so he hatches a plan. He and his little brother will run away from their Florida home, head for their aunt's house in Georgia, and refuse to come home until their parents get back together. But when things go terribly, terribly wrong, Scott and Gina must come to grips with years of neglect and mistrust in order to recover their beloved sons, their love for one another, and their marriage.

In this emotional story, bestselling author Dan Walsh takes you on a journey to rediscover the things that matter most in life--love, truth, and family. With profound insight into the heart of a hurting child, he reminds us that a time will come to look back on hard times and smile, because we'll know that what follows after . . . is not what we expected at all.

My review of What Follows After:

Oh, that Dan Walsh.  He gets me every time.  I don’t know how he does!  When I first started reading this book, I actually (briefly) thought I may not like it.  It felt like it was going to be way too depressing and I cynically expected that maybe Dan’s talent has slipped a little with this one.  That was a silly notion and I didn’t have to get far into the story to really see how silly that notion was.  I may as well go ahead and say it, this was Dan’s best book so far.  I think I say that with all of his books and I am pretty sure I will say that about the next one, but really, this book was incredible.  

There are three things that really jumped out at me with this book, the story, the Christian message and the time period in which the story takes place.  I have a fascination with America in the 1960s and this story put an interesting spotlight on a truly scary time in our history.  I am glad Dan moved away from WWII era stories and has been using the 60s as his backdrop.  I don’t think I will ever get bored with that.  

I know I have said this before, but there are a lot of reviewers who compare Dan Walsh’s books to those of Nicholas Sparks.  That drives me crazy.  I have read a couple of Sparks’s books and he does not come close to writing with the same depth and heart that Dan writes with.  I have read every single one of Dan’s books and they are awesome.  He is awesome.  Read What Follows After and be inspired and moved to tears!

This book was provided for review by Revell.

1 comment:

Carole Jarvis said...

This was the first of Dan's books that I've read, Carly, and I'm kicking myself for not having made time for his books before now. I totally share your thoughts!