About the Book
Book: Borrowed Lives
Author: Carol McClain
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release date: March 2021
God Only Lends Us Those We Love for a Season
Distraught from recent tragedy, Meredith Jaynes takes pity on a young girl who steals from her. Meredith discovers “Bean” lives in a hovel mothering her two younger sisters. The three appear to have been abandoned. With no other homes available, Social Services will separate the siblings. To keep them together, Meredith agrees to foster them on a temporary basis.
Balancing life as a soap maker raising goats in rural Tennessee proved difficult enough before the siblings came into her care. Without Bean’s help, she’d never be able to nurture these children warped by drugs and neglect—let alone manage her goats that possess the talents of Houdini. Harder still is keeping her eccentric family at bay.
Social worker Parker Snow struggles to overcome the breakup with his fiancée. Burdened by his inability to find stable homes for so many children who need love, he believes placing the abandoned girls with Meredith Jaynes is the right decision. Though his world doesn’t promise tomorrow, he hopes Meredith’s does.
But she knows she’s too broken.
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Tragedy struck Meredith when her daughter and husband passed away within days of each other. She then finds a young girl hanging around her farm. Following Bean back to the rundown house she lives in, she realizes Bean has two younger sisters. Meredith finds herself taking care of the three girls as a foster mom. Meanwhile, social service worker Parker Snow attempts to navigate the waters of placing children in homes where they will be cared for properly.
I loved getting to know Meredith, Bean, Roxie, Crystal, plus Meredith’s family, and Parker’s family. My one complaint about this book results from a seeming abrupt ending. With this being the first book in a series, I hope the next book carries on the storyline well.
The author weaves a moving story about children of drug users and the long-term effects drug uses leaves behind. The story moves at a good pace, and will have you laughing, crying, and more. The author addresses the path of walking away from God because of tragedies in our life, struggling with doubt, until ultimately returning to God. So check out this book, it is definitely worth reading.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
Carol McClain is the award-winning author of four novels dealing with real people facing real problems. She is a consummate encourager, and no matter what your faith might look like, you will find compassion, humor and wisdom in her complexly layered, but ultimately readable work.
Aside from writing, she’s a skilled stained-glass artist, an avid hiker and photographer. She lives in East Tennessee. Her most recent interests are her two baby goats Peanut & Buttercup. Like all babies, they love sitting on our laps and being bottle fed.
More from Carol
Their lives are messy, destructive, full of mistakes.
Mostly, their lives are beautiful.
For years, I worked with recovering addicts. When I first heard their tales, shock and disbelief overwhelmed me. I couldn’t understand the pain inflicted upon them by addicted parents or what they did in their own lives.
Without Christ, no redemption could be found in their misery. Doesn’t sound like a fun read, huh? Many recover from their addictive patterns. In the interim, the foster care system serves their families wonderfully.
All these factors, coupled with the theme that lives are only leant to us for a season create a story of hope, humor and redemption.
Aside from seeing faith in Jesus change people’s lives—there are always goats.
I love goats, but my husband hesitated in including them in our lives. Seeing as I live the lives of my characters (I am daft), I gave my protagonist in Borrowed Lives Nubian goats. I raised them in my younger years, and by including them in my story, I could have goats vicariously.
Couple the above (redemption from addiction, foster care, and my obsession for goats) with my love of East Tennessee where the people are kind and friendly, and the scenery unparalleled, Borrowed Lives was born.
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