Beyond the Shadows

Beyond the Shadows

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by Robin Lee Hatcher

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Erika Welby had a secret she thought no one would ever discover. But someone knew . . .

Erika�s worst fear is realized when her well-kept secret shows up on her doorstep. As she reaches out to the daughter she gave up for adoption nearly twenty-two years ago, her husband pulls away, leaving Erika with an impossible choice.

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Erika Welby had a secret she thought no one would ever discover. But someone knew . . .

Erika�s worst fear is realized when her well-kept secret shows up on her doorstep. As she reaches out to the daughter she gave up for adoption nearly twenty-two years ago, her husband pulls away, leaving Erika with an impossible choice.

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�[With "solid writing" In FIRSTBORN] Hatcher believably builds suspense for the reader about Erika�s secret and pulls no punches as she convincingly portrays the agonizing emotions and far-reaching consequences of giving a baby up for adoption. Flashbacks are used effectively to flesh out the characters� teen years, and Hatcher manages the multiple points of view adeptly. Although there is an obligatory CBA conversion scene, Hatcher avoids a neat wrap-up; the book�s conclusion makes allowances for the messiness of life. Hatcher, the author of 35 novels and novellas, is the recipient of both the Christy and the RITA Awards, so it�s no surprise that this is a well-written inspirational novel.� � Publishers Weekly

With realistic dialogue, solid description, and flashbacks that build the story one layer at a time, Hatcher creates lives you�ll care about. Erika, Steve, and the others are flawed, unsure, adrift�and familiar. They could be your neighbors, your coworkers, your friends from church, your own family. The universal struggle for forgiveness will have you praying alongside them as you read. � Christian Book Distributors

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Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. She discovered her vocation after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles. Winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, the Inspirational Reader�s Choice, and many other awards, Robin is also a recipient of the prestigious RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of 70 novels and novellas with over five million copies in print.

Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. Her main hobby (when time allows) is knitting, and she has a special love for making prayer shawls. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with Poppet, the high-maintenance Papillon, and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat).

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4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robin Hatcher has done it again! I have lived this story. A moving and powerful portrait of alcoholism and redemption. I could not put the book down and will probably read it over and over. As the product of an alcoholic family growing up in the 50s and 60s, I emphathize with the signs, denial, guilt and despair. The actions and reactions depicted in the novel are truly true to life. Ms. Hatcher has once again presented us with another moving slice of real life Americana by tackling a subject that has long been hidden by the stigma of shame and embarrassment. This novel powerfully points out the ultimate facts: We are all worthy of redemption and yes, God is in control.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To realize what any one who has to deal with an alcoholism problem. Drinking is a sin and we do not realize what it can do to ourselves and to our family members. Deborah learned the hard way of not allowing God to be acknowledged when she married Gideon, but she also learned that God is very patient with us in teaching us through another person's sins. We must see that God is dealing with all of us. Deborah was concerned only that she had the blunt end of Gideon's alcoholism, but learned early on in the book that God wants us to see why things happen to us, rather than blame it on another person. Deborah turned her life around and continued on the right path and Gideon came through only with Lord's help. Terrific book - started it on Thursday evening, read it on the bus and train to work, at lunch, on the bus and train home and finished it early Friday evening. It's terrific and everyone should read it - I loved it! Robin Lee Hatcher is a great author - I have read all her Christian books and definitely admonish all to read all her books! This book was so original in the way she wrote other people's thoughts on the story she was telling. I couldn't put it down - terrific read for anyone of any age!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book would be especially meaningful to anyone who loves someone who suffers from an addiction (or struggles with an addiction themselves) but it is a compelling story whether that's your situation or not. And while the book deals with one particular addiction, alcoholism, there were so many parallels to other kinds of addictions and to the human struggle with sin in general, that I think anyone would come away inspired. And the cover and book design are just gorgeous!
Guest More than 1 year ago
With finesse Robin Lee Hatcher takes us on the emotional roller coaster experienced by the real-life alcoholic and his loved ones. Told from the viewpoint of several characters, we find a little of ourselves in each of them... fearful, ashamed, uncertain...and we also find our Hope for Healing. A dark story with a bright end, as God's grace is found. A wonderful and important read for all those affected, directly or indirectly, by this tragic addiction.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read of Robin Lee Hatcher. She certainly knows how to get you transform into the characters and feel what they feel. With the addiction of alcoholism it can be easily hid until later in the years of living through it. Deborah had a great friend that kept her going and trying to stay faithful and positive that Gideon would soon change. IT wasn't until his neighbor's Nephew came and change Gideon with his own experiences with Alcohol. This book has really taught us how much we should rely on Jesus through any thing because he does give us the strength to endure what our trials are. Great Job Robin Lee Hatcher...Can't wait for the next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written and so timely a topic, Robin Lee Hatcher has again woven a story with characters so vibrant and real that you¿ll find yourself wondering about them long after the last page is read. Alcoholism is an addiction I¿ve not personally dealt with in my life, but I¿ve struggled with other addictions. In the pages of Beyond the Shadows, I found comfort and a much needed challenge to draw closer to the only source of lasting peace and to the One who can fill the emptiness inside that an addiction never will. Beyond the Shadows is also a great choice for book clubs, as it has an excellent discussion guide included in the back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beyond the Shadows is a heart-wrenching story of a woman torn between the love of her husband and the alcoholism that afflicts him. A wonderfully written story, you'll have a hard time putting this book down! One of my favorite things about the novel is that we see the story through each of the characters' own eyes--reminiscent of Edgar Lee Masters' 'Spoon River Anthology.' Run, don't walk, to buy your copy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Once again Robin Lee Hatcher has used her impressive gift to touch hearts and offer comfort and hope. Beyond the Shadows truly is a 'love story', one that will touch readers long after the book has been finished. I learned so much on my journey with Gideon and Deb Clermont, lessons that I know will help my own love story be better and stronger. Hatcher deals openly, tactfully and respectfully with the subject of alcoholism and anyone who has been affected by it may find healing within the pages of Beyond the Shadows. One thing I particularly appreciated was that characters charged with helping others (the pastor, parents, etc) did *not* have all the answers. Another nice touch are the end-of-chapter observations by those who know Gideon and Deborah...her parents, his brother, his co-worker, their pastor, people in the community. It was a wonderful way to reveal more about the Clermonts without cutting away from the story. I thought this was a clever way to let the readers in on what others thought, even if the characters weren't willing to say so to Deb and Gideon themselves. Whether you're a long-time Robin Lee Hatcher fan or looking for a new author to read, you certainly won't be disappointed with Beyond the Shadows.
Guest More than 1 year ago
BEYOND THE SHADOWS is a healing balm to those of us who have lived the nightmare of addiction. It casts a shadow of hope on both sides of the fence, to both the addicted person and to those who love them. Robin Lee Hatcher¿s characters pull you into their lives from the first chapter and continue to tug at your heart until the very last page. I wholeheartedly recommend BEYOND THE SHADOWS to anyone struggling in the area of addiction, but also to everyone looking to read a heart-rending, yet heart-warming story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before I go into the review itself, I'd just like to point out that a small point of the Library Journal's description above is not accurate. Andy does NOT die in the Korean war. Rather, he dies on the farm. Don't worry, that fact gives away nothing of the plot since it occurs within the first few chapters... That said, Beyond the Shadows was an excellent book that touchingly approached the subject of alcoholism. Deborah's journey through her husband's secret addiction seemed to leap of the page and grab at my heart. I found myself having to stop for a moment while reading and wipe my eyes a few times! Hatcher does a wonderful job in this novel of showing the fears, emotions, and spiritual struggles that alcoholics (and their families) face each day. An uplifting read for anyone, especially people for whom this is an everyday dilemma!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1955, Deborah Haskins receives grieving sympathy from her parents and her beloved Andy¿s parents at his funeral. All she could think of is that it is not fair, as the two should have grown old together on their farm together. However, the Korean War cut short the life of the pious Sunday school teacher Andy; Deborah feels fifteen months seems unfairly and excessively short.----- A few months after the funeral veteran Gideon Clermont, who served with Andy in Korea and attended the funeral, arrives at the farm to offer help to the widow. Andy was his best friend and saved his life. Not long afterward, surprising everyone who knows her and her love for Andy, Deborah and Gideon marry. However, Gideon is a gentle alcoholic who believes he pales next to the angelic aura of Deborah instead of the deeply religious Andy. This marriage seemingly in haste appears doomed unless they reach out to one another and the Lord with understanding that there is ¿a reason for every purpose under heaven¿.----- Deborah is the key to this wonderful inspirational character study as she feels somewhat like a female Job tested with the death of her first husband and the alcoholism of her second spouse. Gideon is a more complex person as he concludes that he is a shadow compared to Andy¿s light and ironically as a carpenter to Jesus. Alcohol is his only way to escape BEYOND THE SHADOWS that engulfs him unless they turn to the Lord. Robin Lee Hatcher furbishes an intriguing historical Christian drama that readers of the sub-genre will highly value as entertainment and more significantly as encouragement.----- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Beyond the Shadows is an honest, hard look at the effects of alcoholism on the spouse and family of an alcoholic. Through the eyes and heart of Deborah, I experienced the pain, the roller-coaster rise of hope and plunge of despair over and over as she watched her husband battle his addiction. I cried. I felt her anger. I wondered how much more she could endure. And then I saw God¿s healing hand work in Deborah¿s life and faithfully waiting for Gideon when he finally reached for help. This is truly a book of hope and God¿s grace for anyone dealing with this destructive condition. Robin Lee Hatcher has delivered another beautiful story in the heart-moving style that typifies her writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This books is a must read for anyone who knows an alcoholic. It has a good understanding of the subject matter, and gives hope to others that people can stay sober with God's help, and with their families understanding.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is an excellent book! If you are familiar with Robin Hatcher's books you will not be disappointed! Once you start to read this book you will not want to put it down. It tells the story of how a family is affected by a loved one's alcoholism. It deals with the subject in an excellent way. This book keeps your interest with every page!