Tyndale House Publishers
Robin Lee Hatcher tackles a tough subject with great honesty in Beyond the Shadows. A widow, still grieving, finds comfort with her husband's friend. Comfort turns to love.
The early part of the story concerns a couple who are together for the wrong reasons, and is enough of a subject to explore. Now that they are married, they must go forward, but are they outside the will of God? How do they heal from their grief when guilt is laced through the new relationship? How can a new husband fight the ghost of a perfect first love?
Hatcher is delving into a darker subject, though. Deborah discovers that she’s married to an alcoholic. Her new husband Gideon, a sweet, sensitive charmer, turns to drinking when life gets unpleasant. Eventually he begins to drink all the time.
Through Deborah, we watch the phases of living with an alcoholic: the denial, the lies, the bitterness, the anger and blame. Hatcher doesn’t let her characters off with easy answers, but she does offer hope in the end. As always, her writing is compelling and her characters have depth. She doesn’t flinch from hard truths and she never forgets to entertain. Beyond the Shadows is an excellent, intense study of alcoholism and the price people sometimes have to pay for love. – Mary Connealy, Christian Book Previews.com
When Deborah Haskin's husband dies, her world is torn apart. She finds hope and healing when an old war buddy of her husband's shows up on her doorstep. But as she begins to open up to Gideon Clermont, Deborah comes to some terrible realizations--Gideon suffers from alcoholism, and sometimes the people who bring healing bring hurt as well. Deborah learns to cling to Jesus as her only true hope. A poignant tale of pain and redemption.