Sunday, April 11, 2010

I'll Know You By Heart by Kimberly Job

I'll Know You By Heart by Kimberly Job

In this stunning debut novel by Kimberly, we find Stephanie Roberts, a woman running from an abusive marriage. She's suffered through seventeen years of terrible abuse from her husband Mark, afraid to leave him for fear he would hurt her three children. The night she decides to leave, her two young daughters have confusing loyalties, as they love their dad. Maddie is 11 and Sarah is 7, then there's big brother Tyson, sixteen, who absolutely hates his father, who finally tells his mom he took photos of her in bed asleep to show evidence of his dad's abuse.

When Stephanie is stalked by her husband, she's too afraid to call the police to report the abuse. She knows she needs to work to support her family, so is surprised when she gets hired to be a receptionist at a pediatrician's office with her lack of experience since her college years. When she meets Jared Wakefield, the man who brings his almost 5 year old daughter in to see the doctor for an accident that had occured at school. causing Katie to break her arm. Both Stephanie and Jared feel an instant bond, like they knew each other from before. Even though Jared had lost his wife from an auto accident not long ago, the accident was caused by his wife's drinking, so he was thinking of finding someone that would love he and Katie, unlike the lack of love his deceased wife had shown.

When Mark finds out about Jared and he starts causing trouble after Stephanie lets down her guard, then something drastic happens to change for everyone. It takes Jared and Tyson to set things in motion to allow Stephanie to finally heal her wounds, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Since both my grandmothers were abused by a husband and a father, I know how abuse can destroy families. Kimberly has done an excellent job (no pun intended) in her weaving a masterful, yet poignant story about how abuse can destroy a person's life. This cycle can be reversed if we but look to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to help us.

Forever Friends Rating 5 Stars by Teri
Until N ext Time, See You Around The Book Nook.

I received my ARC from Valor Publishing Group.

Publisher: Valor Publishing Group, LLC
Date Published: March 2010
ISBN: 978-1-935546-13-9


Kimberly Job said...

Thanks for the lovely review. I'm glad you enjoyed the book, and got the message that lives can change, and that we all have a loving Heavenly Father on our side.

Anonymous said...

I wouuld love to read this it available at deseret bookstore????? Or seagull books? For some reason I love these kinds of books.

Forever Friends said...

Hi Christy,
Yes, you can buy them at both places. Are you the Christy from FF? If so, we haven't heard from you in awhile. Were you aware that Bob passed away 7 Dec?