Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Book Review-Because of You by TK Chapin

Because of You
By: TK Chapin

Samantha Olsen had the perfect life, except when her husband, Dakota was being deployed to Afghanistan.  When those phone calls came, her life went into a tailspin and though she tried, she often could not hide her sadness and grief from Dakota.  When he was deployed this time she was really depressed because she was pregnant with their first son, who would be born before he came home and their daughter Kimmy didn’t even know her dad the last time he came home.  She just wasn’t sure how much more of this life she could handle, yet she knew he joined the army because he wanted to give his family a good life and she couldn’t fault him for that. 

This time while Dakota was on a KLE (Key Leader Engagement) in Afghanistan things went very wrong and Samantha received the news her husband was missing in action.  For the next couple years Samantha didn’t know if her husband was dead or alive, but finally the army sent paperwork stating he had been declared dead…yet she still didn’t have positive proof.  It was time to let God lead her in a new direction. 

Mason…came into Samantha’s life but, she just couldn’t have a relationship with him because he was…ARMY!  She just wasn’t sure she could live that life again…and with Mason came some surprises she wasn’t ready to accept.

This book will grab your heartstrings from the first page.  It will make you laugh and it will make you cry, so be sure to have the tissues handy.  The characters in this book are so well developed you immediately feel as if you are part of them, causing you to be drawn into the drama of their lives.  Although Samantha had great support from her family and friends, the center of her support was her faith in God and in knowing her husband, Dakota also had the same faith.  She knew in both of their lives they didn’t just know about God, but they knew him personally as they had accepted him as their savior.  This book is no way “preachy”.  The references to God and Salvation…just seem to fit!  Many times Mr. Chapin shows where she could have just given up and walked away from God, but instead showed us what can happen if we are willing to trust in him.  This book has many twists and turns that you won’t see coming!  This is definitely a book that will stay in your heart long after you have finished the last page.  This book has it all.  It is filled with love, learning to forgive, trust, faith and even romance. 

Thanks Mr. Chapin for another GREAT book!  

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