Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Survivor

Author: Shelley Shepard Gray
Publisher: Avon Inspire
August 2011
ISBN: 978-0-06-202063-5
Genre: Inspirational/Amish/romance

Mattie Lapp has survived breast cancer. Now, she wants to reenter the world of the living. Since her long-time love, Graham Weaver is dating Jenna Yoder, Mattie asks Graham to set her up with some of the men he works with at his job. But Graham is strangely reluctant. He finally agrees, but none of the young men seem to fit.

Graham has been dating Jenna since Mattie doesn’t seem to be as interested in him as he’d like and he’s trying to move on. But he soon realizes that he and Jenna don’t suit, so they break up. Unfortunately, Jenna isn’t as ready to move on. She tells everyone that she’s pregnant and insists that the baby is Graham’s. Graham denies it vehemently, claiming he never even kissed Jenna, but that doesn’t stop his family from taking Jenna in and insisting that he do the right thing…

Jenna knows she’s lying and she knows who the real father is, but she believes that admitting the truth would be worse than the lie she’s spreading. Will Jenna’s lies tear Mattie and Graham apart and keep them from admitting to each other the love they’ve always felt? Or will she do the right thing, and admit to the truth?

THE SURVIVOR is the third and final book in Ms. Gray’s Families of Honor series. The series is about the brothers in the Weaver family and how they all find love. I would recommend reading the books in order so you know all the stories in whole, but if you don’t have the earlier books, or if it’d been awhile since you’ve read them, THE SURVIVOR has enough back story in it to keep the reader from guessing what is going on.

Mattie is a character I can deeply relate to as I’ve been where she’s been and traveled those same roads. I wanted her to find a man to love her for herself, and not a relationship based on physical appearance. It’s hard to feel beautiful when you’ve had a mastectomy and are bald. Graham is a stellar hero who’s been with Mattie, taking care of her every need since she was first diagnosed, and I was glad he argued that he really wasn’t the father of Jenna’s baby. I wanted to encourage him to stay strong, even when the pressure mounts. I recommend THE SURVIVOR and the other books in this series. Discussion questions are included at the end of the book. $12.99. 294 pages.

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