Review: Maranatha by John Mullen

Publisher: Olympia, November 28, 2013.
Genre: Fiction, England, Northern Ireland, Love story.
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 328.
Rating: 3 1/2 Stars for Good.
Source: Free copy from Olympia Publishers in exchange for a review.

Available at Amazon: Maranatha.

Summary:
Sarah in only existing in a marriage of apathy and selfishness.
Her husband Brian exists in the home, but his brain is turned off. He is numb to his wife unless he needs something. Their two children have grown up in a home and have become apart of its fabric. Daughter Caroline is a college student and is obsessed and consumed with her life. She does not have room in her tiny heart for anyone else. Son Timothy is a high school student. He is numb, he's learned well from his father. Sarah is diagnosed with a serious illness. Her family should have been a support system. Instead, they go on as if nothing new has happened. Sarah's best friend is her lone source of comfort and encouragement.
During the process of recovery Sarah changes a course of direction in her life. A cottage on the coast in northern Ireland becomes a refuge, and a healing sanctum.

My Thoughts:
I read Maranatha in one sitting, one day.
Maranatha is a "feel-good-story." It's a story to be read and savored.
I love the character of Sarah. She is a survivor. At first sight she appears to be a timid, milky-toast, person; however, underneath the pale exterior is a loving heart and a strong will.
Her family is unconscionable to me. I don't understand their apathy and selfishness and zero love.
The first half of the book is depressing. In the second half, the story picks up not only in a positive cheerful outlook, but the feeling of hope comes through in its content.


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