What would happen to two teenagers passionately in love, desperate to get married, but who unexpectedly get pregnant? In her book, Even Now, Karen Kingsbury recounts such a story. Painful consequences are unleashed, both for the couple and their families. Feelings of guilt, betrayal, bitterness, and even hate quickly dominate the lives of all involved.
Well-written and easy-to-follow, Kingsbury’s book opens with Emily, a motherless teenager, sorting through a box of her mother’s possessions. When eighteen years are yanked from time, readers witness the drama of young love at its most sincere. Friction occurs between characters, resulting in broken relationships and lost years. The intensity and emotional drama adeptly portrayed in the story are especially heightened when God begins to answer Emily’s prayers – nearly two decades later.
Forced to give each other up after announcing the pregnancy, Shane Galanter and Lauren Anderson separate, promising to find each other one day. Little do they realize that doing so would prove to be much more complicated than either of them first imagined.
The struggle brought on by her pregnancy causes Lauren – the once perfect daughter, straight A student, and a regular church-attendee – to become a bitter woman, severing herself from God and all who truly love her. Unlike Lauren, Shane finds forgiveness, finally admits his dreams and goals to his father, and pursues a relationship with God. Though their intentions are good, both sets of parents destroy relationships, as well as much of their children’s lives, all in the name of love. Thinking it impossible for teenagers to know what true love is, the parents finally discover that they are really the ones clinging to counterfeit love.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Teenage and young adult women who don’t mind Christian fiction with a conservative political leaning are most likely to appreciate this story in its entirety. An inspirational tale of genuine resolution, it challenges readers to consider the powerful impact of daily choices. Thankfully, we are not left wondering, “What happens when true love is ignored?” Kingsbury argues it exists Even Now. – Stephanie Gates, Christian Book Previews.com
Sometimes hope for the future is found in the ashes of yesterday. Shane Galanter—a man ready to put down roots after years of searching. But is he making the right choice? Or is there a woman somewhere who even now remembers—as does he—those longago days . . . and a love that hasn’t faded with time?
Lauren Gibbs—a successful international war correspondent who gave up on happily-ever-after years ago—when it was ripped away from her. Since then, she’s never looked back. So how come she can’t put to rest the one question that haunts her: Why is life so empty?
Emily Anderson—a college freshman raised by her grandparents who’s about to take her first internship as a journalist. But before she can move ahead, she discovers a love story whose tragic ending came with her birth. As a result, she is drawn to look back and search out the mother she’s never met.
A young woman seeking answers to her heart’s deep questions. A man and woman separated by lies and long years, who have never forgotten each other. With hallmark tenderness and power, Karen Kingsbury weaves a tapestry of lives, losses, love, and faith—and the miracle of resurrection.