Wait for Morning is the first book in the Forever Faithful series by Karen Kingsbury. I would classify Karen’s writing as being the Christian version of Jodi Picoult. She can convey through her writing stories ripped from the headlines well. This book tackles the topic of drunk driving and how it impacts those around us.
Hannah is waiting for her husband Tom to come back from camping trip with their two daughters Jenny and Alicia. As their arrival becomes, later and later she begins to wonder if something has happened. On the other side of town Brian has just lost his job although he has been sober, and trying to recover from Alcoholism. He can’t fight the craving to stop at a bar for a few drinks to drown his sorrows. He promised his family he would not drink anymore. Brian leaves the bar and gets behind the wheel his life and three others change forever when he crashes into a family vehicle. Once Hannah is notified and makes her way to the hospital only to find out her youngest daughter Jenny is the only one who survived, will she be able to forgive? Will Brian be able to forgive himself and others?
I enjoyed this novel. It was hard for me to read in part because of the strong characterization, and the trials these charcters went through. Hannah’s journey through this trial in her life is something that I can identify with myself. I liked the fact the author purposely made Hannah’s family Christian. How does it affect someone of the faith? Or in Jenny’s situation you survive the worst accident and yet your feel you have lost both parents because of Hannah’s choice. I loved how Karen Kingsbury used the character’s of the DA and the President of the local chapter of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) to help guide Hannah.
What does that truly mean to forgive for both parties? How much freedom will it give us to let go and let it be? How can you forgive murder? For me the answer to these questions is to one give it time. Ask for God’s help in healing. We cannot often times do this ourselves. Sometimes it takes accepting the change in order to move forward. Or also accepting to that you can’t rewind time. There are times when I wish I had that power. I am only human and therefore will have to lift it up to God.
There are two more books in this series! You can purchase the other books here.
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