Series: The Ties That Bind #1
Published by Leaf & Blade
Publication Date January 1, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction
Setting: Canada Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 35-60, 60+
Written for: Adults
Life has been going as planned for biologist Dr. Robert Fielding until he's hit by a squall that threatens to shipwreck him.
Tormented by the losses in his life, he resists the friendship of his new neighbour, Anna Fawcett. After all, a senior and her son with Down syndrome aren't exactly in his league. But Anna's fresh cinnamon buns come with a side of innocent questions that erode his faith in naturalism and collide with his assumptions about life, love and truth. Have his foundational beliefs been the cause of his personal losses? As he searches for answers, Anna's example of loving integrity keeps him coming back. Or maybe it's her homemade pies. Yet to risk re-thinking his core convictions for a chance at personal peace would expose his soul and tear open an old wound.
I would like to thank Eleanor Bertin for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Lifelines is a republishing of Eleanor Bertin’s first novel. It is the first full-length story I have read by her, though I have read several of her novellas in various Mosaic Collection anthologies. I remember them as quite thought-provoking.
I loved Anna! This dear widow seemed unable to not spread love to everyone she came into contact with! We first saw this as she invited her new neighbor, Robert, over for dinner. She had a way of living her faith infectiously, yet without coming across as judgemental. And I found her love for learning to be great! She had an interest in so many different subjects and was quite intelligent and still humble.
Robert, a biology professor, thought that he had an open mind. Yet his interactions with Anna and her son, Jesse, had him rethinking things he was convinced he knew. Through her gentle questions, he began to consider the things he had accepted as “truth” were not as true as he believed. I loved watching his attitude towards Jesse morph from revulsion to acceptance and love. (And how could he not love that sweet, gentle, young man!!)
Anna was also touched by Amelia’s life. I rejoiced when she learned that Jesus paid the price for her sin and took away all her guilt and shame. And related so well to her needing to be reminded again and again of that glorious truth. Anna’s ministry to her included teaching the life skills that she had not learned from her parents.
This servant of God touched so many lives. Many of the conflicts remained unresolved and yet Lifelines felt complete. The story’s satisfying conclusion left me pondering the future outcomes and wanting to know more about what happens next!