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I ve been putting off writing my review on this book because I m not sure what to say Generally, I don t especially like Christian fiction This book is an example of why I don t like it The story felt contrived and forced, like the author tried to imagine everything that could possibly go wrong and made it happen I just kept feeling frustrated that the characters weren t using common sense to prevent these horrible things from happening But worse was that I felt like the author was trying t I ve been putting off writing my review on this book because I m not sure what to say Generally, I don t especially like Christian fiction This book is an example of why I don t like it The story felt contrived and forced, like the author tried to imagine everything that could possibly go wrong and made it happen I just kept feeling frustrated that the characters weren t using common sense to prevent these horrible things from happening But worse was that I felt like the author was trying to make a political statement that I was neither going to appreciate nor agree with In the end though, she surprised me and came to a conclusion that was better than I had given her credit for So I ended up giving it 3 stars because the author showed a broader sense of tolerance than I thought she would If you like Christian fiction, you will probably like this book because it s pretty much the epitome of Christian fiction If you re not a Christian fiction fan, I would steer clear of this one I feel like I m really going against the grain here by saying this book was OK since Karen Kingsbury is such a famous author However, I just wasn t caught up in this book It was very average for me In my opinion, the characters were forgettable and the development was slow There were elements of the story that were somewhat implausible I found myself thinking why on earth would she do that or how could she not know that a couple of times There were definitely some stretches I just I feel like I m really going against the grain here by saying this book was OK since Karen Kingsbury is such a famous author However, I just wasn t caught up in this book It was very average for me In my opinion, the characters were forgettable and the development was slow There were elements of the story that were somewhat implausible I found myself thinking why on earth would she do that or how could she not know that a couple of times There were definitely some stretches I just didn t really feel it and wouldn t read it again Let me start by saying that had I known this was Christian fiction I may not have picked it up to begin with I sometimes find the religious writing a little too over the top for my liking I had a couple of issues with this story line 1.The parents of these two teenagers conspire against them by taking deliberate steps to separate them from each other One family moves across the country and the other into the suburbs and neither leaves a forwarding address My issue the author implies that Let me start by saying that had I known this was Christian fiction I may not have picked it up to begin with I sometimes find the religious writing a little too over the top for my liking I had a couple of issues with this story line 1.The parents of these two teenagers conspire against them by taking deliberate steps to separate them from each other One family moves across the country and the other into the suburbs and neither leaves a forwarding address My issue the author implies that had they had God in their lives they would have behaved differently and not been so manipulative and controlling in their children s lives Say what Being lacking in a strong Christian faith is not synonymous with lacking compassion and empathy 2.It takes two decades to reunite this couple who have remained deeply in love Their daughter has grown up without her parents The events set in motion twenty years ago have caused irreparable damage My issue the author wants us to believe that after all that has transpired these seven characters will reunite and fall into each other s arms full of forgiveness because they now have God in their lives Really You would think that there might be at least one of them that is holding onto a bit of anger and perhaps would like to lash out and express their grief about the years that have virtually been stolen from them Apparently not.The story had potential to be very good but it just was not realistic to me The reunion was too easy the author wrapped it up in a nice little package and stuck a bow on it Don t get me wrong, I like happy endings and I am not saying that this couldn t end happily I am just saying I don t think that the forgiveness could have come so easily without a little conflict and venting of anger first It wasn t outstandingly beautiful prose, or a praise worthy plot line, but this book made me cry And for that, I give it 5 stars There have been around, maybe 6, 7, books in my life that have had me sobbing it s not easy to get my tears going in books and this one had me wailing into the book in the middle of the night Even Now had me smiling and laughing and making some sort of sound in my throat that sounded like sobbing and choking all at once When Lauren and Shane were finally reunit It wasn t outstandingly beautiful prose, or a praise worthy plot line, but this book made me cry And for that, I give it 5 stars There have been around, maybe 6, 7, books in my life that have had me sobbing it s not easy to get my tears going in books and this one had me wailing into the book in the middle of the night Even Now had me smiling and laughing and making some sort of sound in my throat that sounded like sobbing and choking all at once When Lauren and Shane were finally reunited, I felt like throwing myself to the ground in relief, tears streaming down my cheeks I recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a touching book Once in a while, perhaps because my tears come hard when I read, I appreciate reading a book so beautifully written that it sends my emotions on a rollercoaster This book is definitely one of those books If you don t mind shedding a tear or clutching fearfully at your chest for the sake of the characters, this book is definitely for you ( Book ) ☥ Even Now ♍ Sometimes hope for the future is found in the ashes of yesterdayShane Galantera man ready to put down roots after years of searching But is he making the right choice Or is there a woman somewhere who even now remembers as does he those long ago days and a love that hasn t faded with time Lauren Gibbs a successful international war correspondent who gave up on happily ever after years ago when it was ripped away from her Since then, shes never looked back So how come she cant put to rest the one question that haunts her Why is life so empty Emily Anderson a college freshman raised by her grandparents, and about to take her first internship as a journalist But before she can move ahead, she discovers a love story whose tragic ending came with her birth As a result, she is drawn to look back and search out the mother shes never met A young woman seeking answers to her hearts deep questions A man and woman separated by lies and long years yet who have never forgotten each other With hallmark tenderness and power, Karen Kingsbury weaves a tapestry of lives, losses, love, and faith and the miracle of resurrection Even now Lauren got pregnant but parents being parents wanted her to keep her pure wanted her to get an abortion and forget the boy the impregnated her but she loved him and she would love this baby She was told the baby died so she needed to find her boyfriend The childs father, no one would keep them apart now They would grow up and start a family again But Laurens daughter Emily didnt die it was a mistake but Lauren didnt want to talk to her parents Her parents were the reason she was m Even now Lauren got pregnant but parents being parents wanted her to keep her pure wanted her to get an abortion and forget the boy the impregnated her but she loved him and she would love this baby She was told the baby died so she needed to find her boyfriend The childs father, no one would keep them apart now They would grow up and start a family again But Laurens daughter Emily didnt die it was a mistake but Lauren didnt want to talk to her parents Her parents were the reason she was miserable So being good grandparents they took Emily in and made Emily the best life All the mistakes they made with lauren were lessons and taught them how to be great parents to Emily But even though emily had everything she still didnt have her parents It was beautiful and I loved it I read this because Kingsbury s books encourage my wife The theme of God s control of our lives and situations is one I am fully behind, but this now ranks as my least favorite book Mainly due to disappointment.When I read self published work, mistakes are common and expected However, this is a well known author with a respected publisher, yet the mistakes in storyline and editing seem to indicate both are interested farin the profit to be had and than in a quality story and book.A few I read this because Kingsbury s books encourage my wife The theme of God s control of our lives and situations is one I am fully behind, but this now ranks as my least favorite book Mainly due to disappointment.When I read self published work, mistakes are common and expected However, this is a well known author with a respected publisher, yet the mistakes in storyline and editing seem to indicate both are interested farin the profit to be had and than in a quality story and book.A few examples 1 I am not an editor and read fast, yet, was distracted by dozens of simple editing mistakes They are embarrassing to list and would result in a F at a high school or college.2 The storyline is not realistic The reaction to the loss of a baby, the story of how they remain apart and unable to contact one another, and the actions of the parents to keep them apart begin the list of plot and storyline that simply could not happen 3 The storyline has conflicting facts Ages and dates have conflicts The timing of high school, college and military training makes it impossible for Shane to have served in the Gulf War At most points in the story Shane is said to be a baseball player, except when it is football This list could go on, but I m only growingdisappointed in the lack of professionalism.I appreciate the Christian teaching about prayer, trusting God, and God s control over events However, I ve never wanted a refund on a book before, but feel disappointed enough in this one to consider asking What can I say that I haven t already said while I was reading Horrible editing, spelling mistakes nearly every page wherein a space was moved added removed, making the intended words into completely different words but still real words, albeit ones that didn t make sense in the sentence Continuity errors Contrived plot points, characters lacking common sense I was interested in the basic plot, but it could have been done SO much better Though she s quite prolific and popular, I haven What can I say that I haven t already said while I was reading Horrible editing, spelling mistakes nearly every page wherein a space was moved added removed, making the intended words into completely different words but still real words, albeit ones that didn t make sense in the sentence Continuity errors Contrived plot points, characters lacking common sense I was interested in the basic plot, but it could have been done SO much better Though she s quite prolific and popular, I haven t read much by this author This one doesn t give me a good feeling about seeking out any of her other works Spoiler Alert The book even now is about a girl Lauren and a boy Shane their parents separate them after they find out Lauren is pregnant Lauren thought Emily died 4 weeks after being born all because of a miscommunication with the hospital after she leaves Emily there overnight Lauren runs away and her parents take care of the baby 18 years later both of Emily s parents find out that Emily is actually alive Her dad meets her for the first time, and her mom is reunited with Emily Spoiler Alert The book even now is about a girl Lauren and a boy Shane their parents separate them after they find out Lauren is pregnant Lauren thought Emily died 4 weeks after being born all because of a miscommunication with the hospital after she leaves Emily there overnight Lauren runs away and her parents take care of the baby 18 years later both of Emily s parents find out that Emily is actually alive Her dad meets her for the first time, and her mom is reunited with Emily It is an amazing Christian book, and an emotional roller coaster The main characters are Lauren, Shane, Emily, and Angela The protagonist is Emily, she finds her parents and reunite them after 18 years apart, she shows her mother, Lauren, that God is amazing and miracles do happen everyday, and helps Lauren find her connection to God again The antagonist is Shane s mother she, tells Lauren to get an abortion when she was pregnant just so her son Emily s father will be able to have the job and life they want for Shane Even though Shane wants to marry Lauren and help her raise the baby I can t relate to the story, other than the fact that her family has such strong faith and believes in her, like my parents believe in me I relate to Emilythan the other characters because she is smart, athletic, and has such strong faith Also, that she trusts that God will show her the right path I loved the book, it is so inspiring and encourages you that anything can happen My favorite part of the book was when Lauren finally got to see Emily after 18 years My least favorite part was when Emily s grandpa dies of cancer, it makes me sad that someone who raised Emily dies The author really brought your whole attention into the book and showed to never give up hope and your plan can be different from God s plan, but it always works out in the end I would definitely recommend this book to a friend If you love romance, christian, and suspenseful books you will love this one It is a good thing that this is not the first Kingsbury book that I have read, because if it had been, I would not have read another and that would have been a loss The constant emotional pain that the characters in Even Now endure most of it brought on by themselves for a solid eighteen years and 333 pages left me wrung out and exhausted Even when the happy ending came, I couldn t feel the joy The experiences shared by the seven main characters were told and retold endlessly through ea It is a good thing that this is not the first Kingsbury book that I have read, because if it had been, I would not have read another and that would have been a loss The constant emotional pain that the characters in Even Now endure most of it brought on by themselves for a solid eighteen years and 333 pages left me wrung out and exhausted Even when the happy ending came, I couldn t feel the joy The experiences shared by the seven main characters were told and retold endlessly through each of their different perpectives I felt like I was being beaten to death with the plot and could have rehearsed it in my sleep Too much drama, too much anguish, too much unrelenting, heart wrenching pain and regret for all of us The beautiful thing about time is that it heals and softens our losses and sorrows, even if not able to completely erase them It was unrealistic that the pain of these characters especially Lauren s never dulled The story felt contrived and forced Too many bad things happened for it to be believable That being said, Karen Kingsbury has written some beautiful novels I have been touched, uplifted and motivated by her books Just not this one It is wonderful to read the words of someone who includes the reality of God in her works, and is not afraid to let sacred things remain sacred i.e., she doesn t fill her books with sensuality and lust