Sunday, April 6, 2014

Emotion-filled story -- What Follows After

Dan Walsh is a master story teller.  He doesn't get your attention with elaborate plots, over-the-top characters, or anything of that nature.  He just draws you in and invites you to hear a tale filled with emotion.  From the very first page of What Follows After, I felt like I was in an intimate conversation with a friend -- a friend who had a story to tell, one I very much wanted to hear.   

The characters of What Follows After seem to be real, very ordinary people, who just happen to be going through the most difficult days of their lives.  The details he provides about the Cuban Missile Crisis are just enough to provide a realistic setting to the personal crisis Scott, Gina, Colt, and Timmy are experiencing.  And throughout the story, Dan points his readers to truths about love and priorities and how God can use "what follows after" the dark days to bring about blessing and peace.

Thanks to Revell Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book (from the publisher)

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.

About the Author

Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Unfinished Gift, The Discovery, and The Reunion, as well as The Dance and The Promise with Gary Smalley. He has won three Carol awards, and three of his novels were finalists for RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year (2011-2013). Dan lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he's busy researching and writing his next novel. Visit for more.

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