Sunday, April 3, 2022

Review: Never Again Good-bye by Terri Blackstock

Series: Second Chances # 1
Publisher: Zondervan
Released: Aug. 24, 1996
226 pages
About the Book:

Normally, Wes Grayson would have been attracted to the striking woman with the camera. But this woman has clearly been stalking Amy, his adoptive daughter and the center of his life. And a threat to Amy is a threat to Wes. Laney Fields has no desire to threaten anyone, just a longing to see the child she’d brought into the world six years ago and then been forced to release for adoption. But when she learns that Amy’s adoptive mother has died, Laney becomes determined to play a part in her daughter’s life. Between a man and woman torn by past losses, present fears, and the paradox of their growing fascination for each other, stands one small child. She could be the object of distrust that will drive them apart or the agent of faith in God that can bring them together.


My Rating & Thoughts:    

I couldn’t stand Laney at the beginning and really felt for Wes. He is on the verge of losing everything and Laney is just making his life harder. She comes across as very selfish for most of the story, when she doesn’t get her way she gets upset. We get to follow her perspective which provides insight into her thought process and what is motivating her actions but I still couldn’t stand her for most the book. I just wanted her to go away and leave Wes alone. Wes is dealing with grief and trying to keep life as stable as possible for his 7 year-old daughter Amy, however everything seems to be crumbling around him. Laney eventually convinces Wes that she can solve some of his problems and keep Amy’s interests at heart. Over the course of the story Laney began to grow on me and I enjoyed following not only the transformation in her and Wes’ relationship, but also seeing her find a personal relationship with God through Amy. Both Laney and Wes get a second chance at happiness. I really enjoyed the message of God working in our lives, taking our mistakes and using them for his plan. 

(I purchased my copy of this book; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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