Beyond Tuesday Morning by Karen Kingsbury is a touching story of a young widow overcoming her grief after her firefighter husband was killed on 9-11. Jamie Bryan is left with four-year-old Sierra to raise after her childhood sweetheart and husband, Jake, is killed in the terrible destruction of the World Trade Center. Jake was a wonderful Christian believer, who tried in gentle loving ways to lead Jamie to become a Bible-believing Christian. Jamie studies Jake's Bible and becomes a Christian after his death.
A man believed to be Jake has amnesia and lives at Jamie's house for three months, however, he and Jamie live separately. After a DNA test identifies him as Eric Michaels, a business man from California, he returns to his own family.
The story unfolds as Jamie becomes a volunteer counselor at St. Paul's Church for grieving relatives. Since Jamie has become a Christian she wants to honor Jake's memory by praying with grieving people who are seeking closure for their sorrow. The author depicts her deep grief as Jamie bravely talks and prays for many for them. The most unforgettable experience is when Clay Michaels, Eric's younger brother comes to New York for intensive training as a detective, and meets Jamie at St. Paul's.
Clay is looking for a Christian girl to marry, since he is a devout Christian himself. Jamie still loves Jake, but believes he would want her to be happy and choose life, not live with memories. Sierra is now a bubbly 7-year-old girl who really wants a new daddy to love. The three of them begin to form a family until Jamie makes a discovery that she must overcome.
Readers will enjoy the characters and story, not wanting it to end. This is a wonderful Christian love story and I highly recommend it. -- Dorothy Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
The hope-filled sequel to the bestselling One Tuesday Morning
In this new novel by Karen Kingsbury, three years have passed since the terrorist attacks on New York City. Jamie Bryan, widow of a firefighter who lost his life on that terrible day, has found meaning in her season of loss by volunteering at St. Paulís, the memorial chapel across the street from where the Twin Towers once stood. Here she meets a daily stream of people touched by the tragedy, including two men with whom she feels a connection.
One is a firefighter also changed by the attacks, the other a police officer from Los Angeles.But as Jamie gets to know the police officer, she is stunned to find out that he is the brother of Eric Michaels, the man with the uncanny resemblance to Jamieís husband, the man who lived with her for three months after September 11. Eric is the man she has vowed never to see again.
Certain she could not share even a friendship with his brother, Jamie shuts out the police officer and delves deeper into her work at St. Paulís.Now it will take the persistence of a tenacious man, the questions from her curious young daughter, and the words from her dead husbandís journal to move Jamie beyond one Tuesday morning.