This Life by Jennifer Rodewald – Book Review

Posted March 10, 2021 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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This Life by Jennifer Rodewald – Book Review

This Life

by Jennifer Rodewald

Series: Murphy Brothers #4
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Published by Rooted Publishing
Publication Date March 9, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Oregon, California, Washington Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 226


They’ve been stripped of everything but a refurbished bus and each other. And it may be the best thing that’s ever happened to them.

Jacob Murphy always felt like the invisible brother, until he fell in love with and married the woman who’d dated his younger brother. Then he became the despised brother. Driven to prove himself worthy of respect, he gambled everything on becoming the successful brother, but with his property speculation business falling apart, he’s ready to admit defeat. He’s lost nearly every worldly good, and after years of disappointments and heartache, it looks like his marriage is about to go the same way.

Kate Murphy lied her way out of life in a trailer park—a life she felt both trapped in and ashamed of. Only Jacob knows the truth about her background. But keeping up appearances has strangled her life and relationships, and even her marriage is troubled. In desperation, she makes a plan to escape from it all—ironically, in a skoolie. But there’s still a tender place in her heart for the man she married, and in a moment of compassion, she offers to take Jacob with her.

Stripped of pride and pretension and struggling to adjust to their new 160-square-foot mobile lifestyle, Jacob and Kate are forced to confront the deception, hurt, and loneliness that have plagued them both. Will their strained circumstances be the death knell for their marriage, or will they allow humility to usher in the healing they need to rebuild?

This Life is a tender love story of second chances in marriage, of romance, and of redemption.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

Also in this series: Always You: A Murphy Brothers Story, In Spite of Ourselves, Everything Behind Us , Stubborn Love, Who You Are

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A tender story of brokenness and hope, This Life tugged at my heartstrings. It was a lovely journey from despair to wholeness. I appreciated how the author depicted their despair without dragging the story down. I was completely captivated by the characters and thoroughly enjoyed the story!

The insecurities Kate and Jacob carried into their marriage continued to force a wedge between them, heightened by their fear of speaking of them. While they both dearly loved each other, neither had been willing to open their heart for fear of rejection. As they were stripped of everything they had trusted in, they were able to learn what truly matters. And learned to surrender to God and seek Him for everything they need.

Bryce and Sally, the couple who sold them Gert – the skoolie – were filled with an infectious joy. I loved the way they trusted in the Lord and exemplified what it is like to follow Jesus in such a poignant way.

The details about living on the road were so thorough, I wondered if the author had lived a boondocking life herself! How fascinating to think about what this might be like – though I confess to a preference for air conditioning when needed and plenty of room to get around!

If you enjoy Christian fiction, you’ll want to be sure and read This Life and the entire Murphy Brothers series.

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About Jennifer Rodewald

Jennifer Rodewald (aka J. Rodes) leans toward raw honesty, and isn’t afraid of dark places, because she knows the Light will always break through. Writing for her is a journey of learning. Life on the plains with her personal superman has been pretty awesome—sprinkled with dark and light places. They have four kids to keep things chaotically interesting, and her favorite advice to them is “to be your best weird self.” Jen’s tendency to be loud—she calls it a blessing to have a “coach’s voice”—is a family trait. Ultimately, she believes Love has conquered all—we just haven’t reached the HEA ending yet.

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