This week, I talked about dreams. Sometimes something we didn't plan gets in the way of pursuing a dream. Perhaps it's an unexpected accident that leaves you caring for a loved one, or maybe it's an illness that saps your energy. For some, it's the loss of a spouse. For others it's caring for an aging parent. Whatever the roadblock, it isn't easy to see a dream slipping away.
Recently, I read a novel by Sally John that reminded me how rewarding it can be to fulfill a dream and how painful it can be to lose sight of a dream. The book comes out this summer, but here is a sneak preview.
Sheridan Montgomery had been living her dream as the wife of an ambassador and the director of a program to help underprivileged women. Until a vicious attack changed everything. As she cared for her disabled husband, she watched her dreams slip away.
In “Ransomed Dreams,” Sally John creates a story that touches readers. With the right balance of mystery, action, and emotion, she knows how to draw a reader in. At the heart of the story is the dream that Sheridan Montgomery gave up to care for her husband and and to hide in Mexico for protection. She’s restless and disappointed and struggling with how she feels about this loss. She’s desperate for happiness but unsure how to find it.
In a society where “for better or worse, in sickness or in health” doesn’t mean much, this book provides a refreshing example of a couple who goes through some tough issues. From the exhaustion of a caregiver, to the depression of a disabled spouse, to the temptation to leave with someone who meets emotional needs not met in the marriage, to the lack of support from family, Sally John has addressed real problems in a real way. That’s what makes this great fiction. It isn’t about a perfect couple with a fairytale relationship. She shows the reader through the good days and bad days in a marriage that is going through the “sickness” and the “worse” phase of the vows, a marriage that hasn’t seen “health” or “better” in a long time.
“Ransomed Dreams” is for anyone who has ever wanted to walk away from a difficult marriage, who has ever felt hopeless, or who has lost a dream. It’s an inspiring story of faith and emotional healing.
Note: I received a free review copy of this book from Tyndale House.
This book comes out in July, but copies can be pre-ordered on Amazon. I'm thrilled that I got to read it early!