Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Review: Traveler’s Rest by Ann Tatlock
Jane loved Seth for as long as she could remember, always watching from afar and wishing he would return the sentiment. It took him a little longer, but he finally came around. The happy couple planned to marry, but had to postpone due to Seth’s military duty. When he returned home, they would continue with their plans and live happily ever after. Unfortunately, Seth didn’t return home the same man he was when he left. Seth was shot in the neck and left a paraplegic, determined to have Jane move on and forget about him. He wanted more for Jane, and knew her dreams would not come true, if he was her husband. She wanted to be his wife, and Seth knew she would become his nurse. He sent her a letter asking her not to come to the hospital, but Jane didn’t want to give up so easily. Seth was her fiancé, and she was determined to keep her commitment. Everyone around her, including Seth’s parents advised her that it might be best to move on. She would find love again.
This book left me emotionally drained. I was able to easily put myself in Jane’s shoes and hurt with her. She was grieving the future; she knew she would never have but desperately wanted. As much as Seth wanted to be her husband, he wanted more for her. It’s not easy to just walk away, and it’s not easy to have the man you love, ask you to leave. Jane struggled with what she should do, what was the best thing for the both of them.
While Jane spent many days in the hospital with Seth, she formed strong friendships with other visitors and residents. These friends are her rock when her life becomes so shaky. Truman is a resident at the hospital, and a retired doctor. Jane has many conversations with him about Seth’s prognosis and her future. They bond over chocolate milk, and difficult conversations. Another secondary character would be Jon-Paul, a blind man who frequently visits the hospital and plays piano in the atrium. His music provides Jane with an escape, and she looks forward to their conversations.
This book is categorized as Christian Fiction but it doesn’t fit the mould. It’s unique, not preachy, and would certainly appeal to everyone. If you didn’t know it was published by a Christian publisher, you probably would never guess it was Christian fiction. This is the second book I’ve read by Ann Tatlock, and she has proved herself once again, to be a great writer. Highly recommended!