Four families living on a Southern cul-de-sac struggle to arrange for a heart transplant for a terminally ill nine-year-old.
Library JournalLife in a quiet cul-de-sac called Cedar Circle is pleasant, if uneventful, for four diverse neighbors. Brenda Dodd is a happy career mom, homeschooling her children. Tory Sullivan, more overwhelmed by her role as mother, finds her children to be a challenge. Sylvia Bryan, meanwhile, suffers from empty nest syndrome, and Cathy Flaherty is raising her three children alone after a divorce. When Brenda's son Joseph is diagnosed with an enlarged heart, the women of Cedar Circle come together to cope with life's challenges and find strength through God. What could have been a melodramatic tale becomes instead a life-affirming look at personal struggle and commitment to a religious life. Though better known for her nonfiction works (e.g, The Act of Marriage, Zondervan, 1998), LaHaye teams with the reliable Blackstock (Shadow of Doubt, LJ 9/1/98) to deliver a fine novel of love, redemption, and Christian charity. Highly recommended. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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