About the Book
Author: Jacquelyn Lynn
Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Release Date: April, 2019
In a horrifying moment of inattention on a dark morning, lives change forever.
When college student Samantha Lawrence takes her eyes off the road for just a few seconds to send a text, she swerves out of her lane and hits Kevin Wyland as he rides his bicycle. In a panic, she drives away.
After the crash, Samantha tries to find out who the rider is and the status of his injuries. She is shocked to discover that she knows him. Not only does she shop at the pet supply store he and his wife own, they are both regular customers of Joyful Cup, a popular neighborhood coffee shop, and friends with the owner, Joy Shepherd.
Consumed with overwhelming guilt and fear of criminal charges, Samantha decides to do whatever it takes to avoid being identified as the hit-and-run driver. Kevin struggles with anger, bitterness, and a crisis of faith as he embarks on the slow process of recovering from his serious injuries.
As their lives intertwine with increasing frequency, Samantha and Kevin both turn to Joy for advice and guidance. Can she help them find the forgiveness and peace they need?
This is a heartwarming story with a powerful message of forgiveness that will make you smile even as it brings tears to your eyes.
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Every day we make choices, and whether we initially think about it or not, those choices have consequences (often for other people as well as ourselves). This book does an excellent job of showing how a young woman’s choice has far-reaching consequences for another couple. It also illustrates the tragic consequences of choosing to text while driving.
I love how the author was able to combine the ideas of faith along with anger, doubt, and ultimately forgiveness. Often as a result of our decisions, we need to recognize the need to forgive ourselves for wrong choices. Kevin has to deal with both anger and the need to forgive. At the same time, Samantha makes one reckless decision and then couples it with several more bad choices before ultimately making the right decision.
Heather Wyland, wife of Kevin demonstrates faith, strength, and love even in some of the worst situations possible. Several times in our married life my husband has been hospitalized and illustrates each time how he is not a model patient. So I had a lot of empathy for Heather while Kevin was in the hospital. She truly is a good illustration of what it means to be a Proverbs 31 woman. With a husband who always strives to take care of me, I know it is difficult for my husband to have to let me take care of him.
I think Joy, owner of the coffee shop, quickly became one of my favorite characters. Interacting with all the other characters, she offers wisdom and words of faith to help others along in their journey, including Samantha and Kevin. I can not wait to read the other books in this series.
So if you want to read a powerful story about faith, love, hope, and forgiveness, check out this book for yourself.
About the Author
Jacquelyn Lynn finds joy in her faith, family, and friends, and in the knowledge that she is living God’s purpose for her life. In addition to Choices, she is the author of more than 30 non-fiction books including Finding Joy in the Morning and Words to Work By, as well as the meditations in the Christian Meditations and Faith Words Adult Coloring Books.
More from Jacquelyn
The idea for Choices first came to me more than five years ago. Though I’ve written (or ghostwritten) more than 30 non-fiction books, the process of writing a novel was both intriguing and intimidating. Once I voiced my desire, my wonderful husband Jerry Clement became my biggest champion, encouraging and even nagging me along the way as I talked but didn’t write. And when I finally began to write, he listened, offered suggestions, and proofread. Every time I voiced a doubt, he shot it down. As the manuscript neared completion, he designed the cover and supported me through the myriad of details that are essential to finishing and publishing a book. Had it not been for him, Choices would not be in readers’ hands today.
As Choices began to take shape, I realized that Joyful Cup, the coffee shop where much of the story takes place, had many more stories to tell. The next book in the Joyful Cup Story series will be released in 2020.
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