Monday, January 16, 2012

Tristan's Gap by Nancy Rue

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Tristan's Gap
by Nancy Rue

ISBN: 1-4000-7034-1
Trade Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Released: 2006

Source: Bought through

Book Description from Back Cover (slightly modified):
For eighteen years Serena Soltanis has poured herself into her family, making every effort to please her husband and to protect her daughters from the evils of the world.

Then the unthinkable happens. Sixteen-year-old Tristan, the quiet “good girl” of the family, disappears–and the search to find her brings to light unpleasant truths that prompt Serena to question nearly everything she believes about her children, her marriage, and her faith.

Brokenhearted and drifting apart from her husband, Serena struggles to see God’s hand of grace in their lives. She's determined to find Tristan and rescue her from whatever trouble she’s in. In the process, she sees clearly her own failings as a mother and how God can bridge the gap between what she has to give and what her family needs.

My Review:
Tristan's Gap is a Christian general fiction book. While the book was from a woman's point of view, the issues were mainly about parenting in general, so men might enjoy it as well.

The characters were varied, acted in realistic ways, and dealt with realistic issues. The suspense was created by relationship tensions, not knowing what happened to Tristan and some instances where Serena was in physical danger. The unique setting details brought the story alive in my imagination.

I did wonder why the detective didn't just check the phone records to see where the phone call came from. It would have cut several months off the search. However, it's a minor point.

The Christian element was woven into the story and flowed as a natural part of the story. There were some short conversations about God, but they didn't give "easy answers" to Serena's questions and didn't come across as sermons to the reader.

There were no sex scenes. There was a minor amount of fake bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this book.

If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.

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