Karen Kingsbury, Author, Gary Smalley, Author, Gary Smalley, Joint Author . Tyndale $12.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-8423-5622-0

The recent penchant for pairing prolific Christian novelists with well-known CBA nonfiction authors is cause for skepticism, and justifiably so in this first collaboration between Smalley, an author and speaker on family relationships, and novelist Kingsbury. "Good-looking" Indiana University professor Tim Jacobs has found his stereotypical midlife affair with his "achingly beautiful" student Angela Manning more than a passing distraction. His "gorgeous" wife, Kari, who models in her spare time, discovers the affair just as she finds she is pregnant. Even as Kari refuses to grant Tim a divorce, she learns that her high school sweetheart, football star and "hunk" Ryan Taylor, is still single and interested in picking up their romance where they left off. Tim hits the bottle, and things look grim for the couple. Not surprisingly, counseling plays a large role in the work Kari and Tim do to try and salvage their marriage. There is a fairly shameless plug for Smalley's Relationship Center in Branson, Mo., when Kari and Tim's pastor suggests they travel to a two-day "Marriage Intensive Seminar" in the Ozarks. (Readers are also invited to contact the center.) Minus the heavy doses of counseling references and descriptions of the characters' surpassing gorgeousness, Kingsbury's writing is much improved from Halfway to Forever. While she laudably avoids a neat wrapup, it's likely because there are six more books to come in the series. This novel functions largely as an encouraging self-help book rather than as a solid contribution to inspirational fiction. (July)

Reviewed on: 06/17/2002
Release date: 07/01/2002
Show other formats
Compact Disc - 978-1-4418-7831-1
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-59355-885-7
MP3 CD - 978-1-4915-4998-8
Hardcover - 978-0-7862-7324-9
Paperback - 559 pages - 978-1-59415-092-0
Compact Disc - 978-1-59355-884-0
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-59355-881-9
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-59355-882-6
MP3 CD - 978-1-4233-0281-0
MP3 CD - 978-1-4233-0282-7
Compact Disc - 978-1-4915-5155-4
Compact Disc - 978-1-4915-5156-1
Compact Disc - 978-1-59355-883-3
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
Email Address


Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.