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The Way It Should Be - by Christina Suzann Nelson

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Highlights

  • After years of estrangement, the lives of Zara Mahoney and her twin sister, Eve, are suddenly and completely intertwined again.
  • Christy Awards (General Fiction) 2021 1st Winner
  • About the Author: CBA bestselling author Christina Suzann Nelson writes stories that focus on changing legacies from dysfunction to hope.
  • 352 Pages
  • Fiction + Literature Genres, Christian

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About the Book



Zara Mahoney was enjoying newlywed bliss until her estranged sister, Eve, upends her plans, moving Zara to take custody of her children. Eve's struggles lead her to Tiff Bradley, who's determined to help despite the past hurts the relationship triggers. Can these women find the hope they--and those they love--desperately need?



Book Synopsis



After years of estrangement, the lives of Zara Mahoney and her twin sister, Eve, are suddenly and completely intertwined again. Eve's troubled lifestyle causes the state to take custody of her two children and contact Zara and her husband, asking them to consider foster care. Newlywed Zara thought she'd finally been given a fresh start and feels wholly unprepared to care for a niece and nephew whose existence she wasn't even aware of.

Meanwhile, Eve may have a real chance to start over this time with the help of Tiff Bradley, who's dedicated to helping women everyone else has given up on after facing a heartbreaking tragedy in her own family.

Over the course of one summer, all three women's hearts and lives hang in the balance as Eve desperately works toward a new life. Can they redefine their expectations of how life should be to find the hope they--and those they love--so desperately need?



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After years of estrangement, the lives of Zara Mahoney and her twin sister, Eve, are suddenly intertwined again. When Eve's troubled lifestyle causes the state to contact Zara about taking custody of Eve's two children, Zara feels wholly unprepared. Besides never knowing she was an aunt, her new house, new husband, and plans for the future were meant to give her a fresh start.

Meanwhile, Eve may have a real chance at a new beginning with the help of Tiff Bradley, who, after facing a heartbreaking tragedy in her own family, is dedicated to helping women everyone else has given up on.

Over the course of one summer, all three women's hearts and lives hang in the balance as Eve desperately works toward a new life. Can they redefine their expectations of how life should be to find the hope they--and those they love--so desperately need?

Praise for More Than We Remember
"An excellent tale of how community and faith help people through difficult times."--
Publishers Weekly starred review

"Readers who are looking for faith-based women's fiction will be quickly drawn into this powerful novel that is, in turns, both heartbreaking and uplifting."--Booklist starred review

"The plot realistically portrays some of life's burdens by dealing with hard subjects like dementia, substance abuse, and death. In the end, though, the heavy drama gives way to a sliver of hope."--World Magazine

"Nelson dives into the emotional and physical toll drugs and violence take on the victims and the survivors. Through Zara, Eve, and Tiff, readers are drawn into complicated family dynamics as the characters are forced to confront questions with no easy answers. Recommended for libraries where Karen Kingsbury and Robin Lee Hatcher are popular."--Library Journal



About the Author



CBA bestselling author Christina Suzann Nelson writes stories that focus on changing legacies from dysfunction to hope. Her novel More Than We Remember received starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and her debut novel was named a Library Journal Best Book of 2017 and a Foreword INDIES 2017 Book of the Year. Christina is a member of Oregon Christian Writers and ACFW, where she has served as the northwest zone director. She lives in Oregon's gorgeous Willamette Valley with her husband of 26 years and their children. Find her online at www.christinasuzannnelson.com.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.5 Inches (H) x 5.5 Inches (W) x 1.0 Inches (D)
Weight: .7 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 352
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Christian
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Theme: Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Author: Christina Suzann Nelson
Language: English
Street Date: February 2, 2021
TCIN: 81048632
UPC: 9780764235399
Item Number (DPCI): 247-70-6480
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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5.0 out of 5 stars with 6 reviews
100% would recommend
1 recommendations

Great bo

5 out of 5 stars
Thumbs up graphic, would recommend
Cas - 3 years ago
This was an amazing book.
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the author weaves a story that touches you deeply

5 out of 5 stars
booklover - 3 years ago
What an emotional roller coaster you are on once you open the first page and delve into the story of Tiff and twin sisters, Zara and Eve. The story will pull you into the lives of the characters and have you invested in their lives. I will say I struggled on who I was rooting for and how I really wanted the book to resolve. There are many facets to this story…genetics, drug abuse, heart breaking loss, love and support, insecurity, self-discovery, and redemption. I found the tears streaming down my face as I experienced life on the street with homeless drug addicts, with a wealthy couple struggling in their relationship, and individuals who are trying to do what is right through difficult situations. And when you factor in two precious children, Charlotte and Sammy, your heart is aching but full of love. I really enjoyed the diary Eve kept so that you experienced her challenges, her efforts, her hopes, and her fears. It was definitely a wonderful description of how difficult it is to struggle with drug addiction. Tiff’s experiences with loss and attempting to find redemption was touching. She was a strong and determined woman and her dedication to make a difference in the lives of people on the street as well as her own home was impressive. This beautiful story is another gift by an amazing author. Christina Suzann Nelson has a gift with words and weaves a story that touches you deeply. I hope there will be a sequel because I would appreciate seeing what happens as Charlotte and Sammy grow up and discover what life with a loving family can be like. Thank you to the author and Bethany House Publishers for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.
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Stunningly beautiful read!

5 out of 5 stars
SB1989 - 3 years ago
What a beautiful, yet heart wrenching story! This book is one that once I began reading, I could not bear to put it down. The story centers around three women, Tiff and twin sisters Zara and Eve, whose paths cross and are entwined by addiction and the foster care system. The story wraps you up and pulls you in with the raw, emotional realism of the characters that are involved, including the children, Charlotte and Sammy. The surprising and satisfying conclusions for all the characters make for a stunning ending. Ms. Nelson writes with such strength and grace, never shying away from the difficult themes in her story, but instead using them to show the love of family, the support of community, and the belief that good can come from even the worst of situations. This is a book that will stay on your heart and in your mind long after the last page has been read. I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.
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Love it!

5 out of 5 stars
Abby - 3 years ago
Love this story! Learning to do life with someone who has an addiction, no matter what it may be, can be extremely difficult. No matter how much we love them we cannot change them, they need to make those decisions on their own. We can be there for them, but ultimately we cannot do the work for them. Thankfully God will give us His strength and peace to hold us up no matter the situation we find ourselves in. I received a copy from the publisher, all thoughts are my own.
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Must Read Heartbreaking and Hope Filled

5 out of 5 stars
Lucy Reynolds - 3 years ago
Speechless! What a powerful, heart wrenching, raw, real read. It was refreshing to read a book that doesn’t candy coat addiction and the trickle down effect on others. It challenges us to take an active role and be the hands and feet of Jesus. This is my first book by Ms. Nelson and I found her to be impressive in her writing skill and making the characters come to life. This book will leave you thinking and pondering for a long time to come. I loved that it gives us hope in the darkness and who can resist the children. They made my heart melt into a puddle on the floor. This will definitely be one of my top reads this year. #mustreadamazinggutwrenchingpowerful I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
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I was hooked from the first line!

5 out of 5 stars
JeanneC - 3 years ago
I was hooked from the first line. "The most beautiful things are those that survive a storm and find their glory in the restoration." This heartbreaking and heartwarming story has themes of addiction and foster parenting woven throughout. Author Christina Suzann Nelson has a way of getting to the heart of the matter without sugar-coating it, yet with compassion and grace. Estranged twin sisters are brought into contact again with all the honest feelings addiction in families bring up. This story gave me a greater appreciation for what an addict can go through, and all who help them from volunteers to case managers, to people willing to hire former addicts to help them get their lives back on track, and to those who love them and their children along the way. And the children of addicts! "How did a child with such a tiny body carry around so much painful baggage?" "Addiction didn't come with an easy path. But hope still existed." The sister Zara who escaped a painful childhood truly has a prince of a husband. They are newlyweds, and together they explore foster parenting with a niece and nephew they didn't know existed. Zara has anxiety when her past comes crashing into her present, she and her sister Eve (in varying degrees) learn to lean on newfound faith. I highly recommend The Way It Should Be!
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