Title: Unfailing Love
Author: Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan
Series: When Hope Calls, book 3
Major Themes: Canada
Synopsis: When three children run away from their small children’s home, Lillian and Grace must learn more than ever to rely on God.
I was rather excited when I saw Unfailing Love available for review and recognized it as a sequel to Unyielding Hope, which I really enjoyed. I quickly read Sustaining Faith, and then dove right into this book, despite the rule I have made for myself to not read a sequel until I have written the review of the first book. Bad idea—then it took me a while to get my review written. I could hardly wait to find out what happened, though. Book two ended with two children running away and “Lillian knew without asking which of the children would attempt such a desperate act.” I just had to find out what happened next!
Actually, three of the children had run away. Why was Lemuel with them? He had always been so grateful for the home with Lillian and Grace. The entire town started searching for them, but could hardly find any trace of the three. Worse, there were reports of a cougar roaming the area. As the story switched back and forth between Lillian and Lemuel, I kept turning pages to find out if the children would survive—and if they would even be found!
Meanwhile, along with the stress of the runaway children, Lillian and Lemuel had some surprising visitors. Lillian found her life turned upside down, and then, to complicate things further, Walter, while helping her deal with a lot of things, added more layers to her life. How could she possibly make wise decisions, with all this stress? How could she know what would be best for her, for the children, and for Walter?
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. It was the perfect ending for the When Hope Calls series. Throughout the series, Lillian learned more and more about trusting God, and Lemuel learned more about trusting both God and the people in his life who cared about him. This pair of authors has crafted a delightful story that I really enjoyed.
I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
WARNING: A suicide is mentioned in Chapter 3, and a boy is badly injured in Chapter 17.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults