About the Book
Book: Trial by Patience
Author: Tabitha Bouldin
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Release Date: August 12, 2019
Danny Solomon operates Break Away Acres, an equine therapy center for abused kids and teens. As a former abuse victim, Danny knows how important it is to let these kids know that someone still cares. God has blessed Danny with a gift: the ability to see the past of anyone who meets his eye. The information he is given through this gift allows him to know how he might best help those around him.
Phoenix Nichols is Danny’s new trail guide. Her job is to help with the horses and keep an eye on the kids. With a past more painful than anything Danny has ever encountered, he finds himself unable to resist trying to help. When her past becomes her present, her trust in Danny is the only link she has to finding God…and peace.
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Wow- Trial by Patience really hit me on a deep emotional level that just helped me understand those who have suffered abuse like I feel I have never understood them before. The thread of faith that just breaks through all this pain was truly beautiful. The way our author gets us inside the mind and emotions of our hero and heroine who have both suffered horrendous abuse spoke to me on such a level that I felt part of the characters and their lives. This book answers all the questions that pop up like Why didn't they go to the police? Why didn't they tell anybody until years later? Why do they act like that all the time? Why don't they trust anyone? etc. when people are perplexed about the way that those who suffer abuse react or act day to day. The equine therapy backdrop was endearing, and the plot was a good pace, though the book was quite lengthy. However, I think the length gave more of a realistic look at the time it takes to heal from abuse a day at a time. While one of my spiritual gifts is empathy/compassion, I felt this book helped me so understand the toll that abuse takes for the rest of that person's life, and how patience and the love and light of God is how I should always respond. After all, when we meet someone, no matter how they irritate us or are even mean to us, we have no idea about what they have dealt with in their lives. This book is so relevant, and so needed from a Christian perspective. EVERY READER (except perhaps those to who the abuse theme would be a trigger) needs to read this to not only read a well-written Christian romance, but to gain a true perspective on the reality that those who suffer abuse face every day.
p.s.- the romance was really beautifully written and slow blossoming too! :)
I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own.
About the Author
Tabitha is a small-town girl with an oversized imagination. She grew up creating characters and enjoys giving them life through words and pages. Just one year shy of obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing, she plans to make sure her characters stand the test of time. When not writing or reading, you’ll find her either homeschooling her two boys or outside digging a new flower bed for her roses.
More from TabithaDanny and Phoenix are the main characters in Trial by Patience, but Danny isn’t a new character. As part of The Trials series, Danny is introduced in book 1 as a scrappy six-year-old. Two years after I finished writing book 1, he’s twenty-eight. (Don’t you love how time can be manipulated in the literary world.) Fun fact: When I wrote book 1: Trial by Courage, I had no idea Danny would get his own book. God works in mysterious ways and His sense of humor astounds me. I had a million ideas and half-started manuscripts littered my desk but I had no idea what to focus on next. Within two weeks of Trial by Courage’s release, three people asked me when Danny’s story would be ready. The first time, I blinked slowly and shrugged (I wasn’t about to tell them I had no intention of writing about Danny). Second time, I laughed. Third time, I knew it was an honest question and I started writing. A year later, I typed THE END, had an author copy printed and handed it over to my sister for proofing. Little did I know I wasn’t anywhere near finished. Danny’s story would NOT leave me alone. I was constantly trying to reassure myself that it was done, just minor adjustments…boy was I wrong! Six months ago, I realized I needed to change the ending, which lead to a complete rewrite of the last half of the book and major changes in the beginning chapters. Talk about scary, and exciting, but mostly scary. I even made another copy of the original script in case I changed my mind about this new ending. I shouldn’t have worried. I’m in love with this new copy and every angsty minute that went into making Trial by Patience the book it is today.
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