Need You Now {book review and giveaway}

From the Publisher:

When big-city life threatens the safety of one of their children, Brad and Darlene Henderson move with their three teenagers from Houston to the tiny town of Round Top, Texas.

Adjusting to small-town life is difficult for the kids, especially fifteen-year-old Grace who is coping in a dangerous way.

Married life hasn’t always been bliss, but their strong faith has carried Brad and Darlene through the difficult times. When Darlene takes a job outside the home for the first time in their marriage, the domestic tension rises.

While working with special needs children at her new job, the widowed father of one of the students starts paying more attention to Darlene than is appropriate. Problem is, she feels like someone is listening to her for the first time in a long time.

If Darlene ever needed God . . . it’s now.

Experience a family’s triumph over lies, betrayal, and loss while still clinging to the One who matters most.

Need You Now

My Thoughts:

While there were some high points in Need You Now, overall, I was disappointed. I found myself bored and wanting to put the book down after chapters one, two, and three – but I persevered and managed to get immersed in the story somewhere around the middle of the book.

  • The story felt as if it took a long time to build, and the opening chapters were choppy in their delivery of details needed for the story to make sense to the reader.
  • The story also seemed to jump in time and leave out critical events in the lives of the key characters.
  • The characters seemed as if they could be real – dealing with real issues – but I never really related to any of them.
  • The plot was believable, but lack the details needed {in my opinion} to draw the reader into the story as a participant.

I’d give Need You Now three out of five stars.


I have two copies of Need You Now to give away this weekend at The 2:1 Conference.

To enter, simply leave a comment below telling me what you’re most looking forward to at The 2:1 Conference this weekend!

{Winners will be chosen at random from all comments received on this post prior to 4/27/12. Winners must be present at The 2:1 Conference this weekend to claim their prize.}

Disclosure: I was provided with two free copies of Need You Now in exchange for this post.