About the Book
When past secrets hold the only key to hope for the future...
Caroline Chapman is reeling from a broken engagement. Determined to start again, she moves cross-country for her dream job of planning events in the historical mansions of Newport, Rhode Island. Just as her life is getting back on track, she gets an email that shakes her very foundations.
Linda Riley's life looks picture perfect – a wonderful husband, two great kids, involved in church and the community. Then comes the diagnosis that shatters the façade. In order to save her son's life, she must reveal secrets that can rip everything apart.
Connected by more than painful circumstances, these two women discover a sacred bond. In this beautiful story of love, loss, and the fight for life, Caroline and Linda experience the reality that life doesn't always go according to The Plans We Made.
I really liked this touching novel. The plot is engaging and a good illustration of the problems that can occur when past events are kept hidden from loved ones. I really liked the characters. The authors have crafted them well. Both Caroline and Linda had plans for the future but life did not go as they had planned. I appreciate how they dealt with unexpected changes. And the support characters were good too. I liked the clever dialogue between Caroline and Chris and the smart remarks from Maddox.
This novel deals with a number of relationship issues. Adoption is one, including the possible reactions when one is reconnected with the birth parents. Another is forgiveness, especially after of a misunderstanding from years past. There are sibling relationships and marital relationships and even business relationships included. They all come together as part of an engaging novel.
Be sure to have your box of tissues handy as you near the end of the book.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
About the Authors
Kathryn Cushman graduated with a degree in pharmacy from Samford University. After hanging up her lab coat, she shifted her focus toward writing. Her previous works have received multiple nominations for both the Carol Award and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award. The Plans We Made is her tenth published novel. Learn more at kathryncushman.com. Follow her on Facebook (@authorkathryncushman) and Instagram (katiecushman1).
Lauren Beccue graduated from Holy Cross with a BA in English and now lives with her family in Santa Barbara. She writes about faith and family, with an emphasis on agricultural passages in the Bible. This is her first novel. Learn more at laurenbeccue.com. Follow her on Facebook (@beccue.lauren) and Instagram (@lauren_beccue).
Independently published, 340 pages.
AUTHORS' GIVEAWAY WITH PURCHACE
MAKE YOUR PLANS IN PENCIL!
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THREE CUSTOM PENCILS:
- Make Your Plans in Pencil
- The Plans We Made
- Proverbs 19:21
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(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)