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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Read my review and enter to win a copy of Beyond the Night by Marlo Schalesky.

To enter you name in the giveaway for this book you must comment on the review below. Just tell me what you think. Why do you want to read this book? I will pick a winner Wednesday. But don't forget to leave me a way to contact you if you win!


Product Description

They say love is blind. This time they’re right…

As a woman lies unconscious in a hospital bed, her husband waits beside her, urging her to wake up and come home. Between them lies an ocean of fear and the tenuous grip of memories long past. Memories of wonder. Of love. Memories of a girl named Madison and a boy named Paul…

Madison Foster knew she was going blind. But she didn’t want pity–not from her mother, not from her roommate, and especially not from her best friend Paul–the man she secretly loved.

Paul Tilden knew a good thing when he saw it. And a good thing was his friendship with Maddie Foster. That is, until he started to fall in love.

With the music of the seventies as their soundtrack and its groovy fashions as their scenery, Maddie and Paul were drawn together and driven apart. Then one night changed everything…forever.

And only now, when life tiptoes past the edge of yesterday, along the rim of today, can they glimpse the beauty that awaits them… beyond the night.

My review:

Beyond the Night is an amazing love story that will make your heart sing. In some ways it had that sad/beautiful feel of yearning hope and unrequited love...sort of like the mood of Sparks's novel The Notebook, except this story wasn't rated R.

They beauty of the author's writing style filled me with awe, and the way she used dialogue and internal thoughts to convey deep emotion took my breath away. The interaction between Maddie and Paul was so beautiful it made you long for them to realize what they had. At times I wanted to climb through the pages and tell them to wake up and do something about the way they felt. It was awesome...and holy.

The spiritual journey was necessary and real, and didn't have a contrived element sometimes found in books where characters are angry at God for some loss they'd experienced. Everything flowed naturally. Even the scriptures.

Beyond the Night is also a fabulous illustration of the necessity of God's perfect timing. It shows how God knows our needs and understands our pain even when we don't. It brings to mine a pop song that goes... "You can't hurry love, no, you just have to wait..." You can't read this story without feel changed by story's end. I highly recommend it.

Beyond the Night was published by Multnomah and will be released June 17th!

29 comments:

ReadingRobin said...

One of my favorite books growin up was The Promise by Danielle Steel. This sounds like the Christian Fiction version. I also loved Th Notebook. Your review is very inviting.

cpullum said...

Wow this book looks very good to read I love books that will get me crying and then make me feel joy!!
cpullum@yahoo.com

Smilingsal said...

If characters are so real that you want to "climb through the pages and tell them" to wake up and smell the coffee (Dear Abby quote!) then, I'd enjoy the read.
smilingsal55[at]yahoo[dot]com

Grateful Gramma said...

It's always good to be reminded that God does have perfect timing, especially when it doesn't match our schedule.

Alessandra said...

I'd love to read such a beautiful love story. Please enter me in your giveaway.

Alessandra
outofblue1[at]gmail.com

lovedandamazed said...

Your review almost made me want to cry, and I haven't read this story yet! Sounds like an extremely touching and wonderful book.

author_erin(at)lycos(dot)com

Katy Lin :) said...

i love stories like this - where you can get lost in their hurts and triumphs! katylinvw [at] yahoo [dot] com :)

Tara said...

I'd love to read this book because of your review! I love books that convey deep emotions beautifully!

Jennifer Bogart said...

This sounds very moving and intense, I'd like to enter! Maybe it's the last thing I need though ;), pregnant women don't need much help being moved emotionally!

Kristinia said...

The reason I'd like to read this book is because first off it seems from your review to be an inspirational book and also a beautiful love story.

I haven't read the Notebook but I did see the movie and that was a pretty moving story from the way the movie portrayed it, I'm sure I'd enjoy a book with just as moving of a story as that.

phillipsonlygirl (at) gmail (dot)com

Carole said...

I enjoy a good love story with some emotional depth to it, along with a spiritual journey, and I believe this one has it all. And in your review, Michelle, you said this was a love story "that will make your heart sing." That's why I'd love to read it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

blueviolet said...

What a sweet love story. I love it when people look past other's differences and see the person inside. It's so heartwarming.
doot65[at]comcast[dot]net
I'd love to read this!

windycindy said...

What a touching review! You really have me interested in the story of Maddie and Paul. I agree with you that life happens with God's timing.
Please enter me in your book drawing. I really appreciate it! Thanks,Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Sherri said...

I love a good story with tension between the male and female characters. Wanting to see a good resolution between them is what makes it fun to read. This one sounds like a winner.

hbarnette@va.metrocast.net

Lela Fox said...

Would love to win this book.It sounda very good! Keep up he good work!

Lela Fox
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Rosslyn Elliott said...

Hi Michelle,

That's quite a rave review! I'd like to enter my name.

Rosslyn

inkhornblue [at] hotmail

Rosslyn Elliott said...

Here's better explanation of why I would like to read Beyond the Night:

Michelle, you specifically praise the beauty of the author's style. That's a rare quality, and I'm always interested in novels that are written extremely well.

Thanks,

Rosslyn

inkhorn [at] hotmail

LaJoyce said...

Great review! Very enticing!

Angela said...

Wow, sounds like a great book.

Bethany said...

"You can't read this story without feel changed by story's end." That phrase from your book review was the most influential in making me want to have this book. I love books that really make me think and consider what needs to be changed in my own life.
Thank you for this contest.

momofjimmy [at] yahoo [dot] com

Anonymous said...

oh dear, sounds like a lovely sweet read! and l love a book where l feel l could jump in the pages and be a part of it, to talk to the charters! great review as always my dear! Percy

Abi said...

I love romances and this one sounds like one I'd love to read.

pintolinda said...

I love romance and inspiration especially in the same story. Please enter me in the contest.
pintolinda at hotmail dot com

ChristyJan said...

I enjoyed reading your review ~ this sounds like a beautiful love story.

calgirl said...

I want to read this book because I am intrigued by the secrets we keep and what happens to us when we try not to hurt the ones in our lives.

Anita Yancey said...

I loved your review of the book. It definitely made me want to read it. I want to read it because I am a sucker for romance stories.
ayancey@dishmail.net

weblynx said...

You did a good enough job to make me want to read it, and I had never heard of it.

weblynx@hotmail.com

Swtlilchick said...

I really enjoy love stories.It
warms my heart.Please enter me
and thanks for the giveaway

CharlieGurl57@aol.com

Michelle Sutton said...

The winner is...

blueviolet!

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