This Side of Heaven: A Novel

This Side of Heaven: A Novel

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by Karen Kingsbury
     
 

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Annie Warren always wanted the best for her son, Josh. But years of failure and bad choices created a heartbreaking distance that has grown far worse since the day Josh was hit by a drunk driver. Now on medical disability, Josh has put his life on hold for years, waiting for the insurance company to send a settlement that never seems to come. Worse, he believes

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Annie Warren always wanted the best for her son, Josh. But years of failure and bad choices created a heartbreaking distance that has grown far worse since the day Josh was hit by a drunk driver. Now on medical disability, Josh has put his life on hold for years, waiting for the insurance company to send a settlement that never seems to come. Worse, he believes the story of a scheming woman who claims they have a seven-year-old daughter named Savannah.
Despite the unlikelihood and complete lack of evidence, Josh dreams of being a father and is determined to one day claim the child. His family doesn't know the full story. They don't know what happened the night of the accident that was worth the chronic pain Josh suffers every waking minute, or that he is turning his life around. They haven't seen that Savannah's eyes are his, and they don't know how desperately the little girl needs her family.
When the settlement that rightly belongs to Josh is threatened, Annie sets out to defend her son. But she might find a treasure more valuable than money, one she never expected, one that is the greatest gift her son could ever give her--THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Christian fiction author Kingsbury is well loved by her fans, and this newest story, based loosely upon her own brother's death, will further endear her to her faithful readers. Kingsbury tells the story of a strained relationship between picture-perfect Nate and Annie Warren, whose son, Josh, a tow truck driver, has been a disappointment to them. Even though Josh's mistakes are now history, his current joblessness-owing to a drunk driver's recklessness-serves to ratchet up his parental disapproval rating. Only a few people know the truth: Josh is a real-life hero and his one heart's desire is to be united with a daughter he's never met. When Josh's life is struck again by tragedy, his immediate family must come to grips with the recognition that they never really cared enough to ultimately know their son. Kingsbury does a fine job communicating the emotional struggles of individuals, and readers will resonate with her characters' sorrows and losses. Yet much of the story is formulaic, which detracts from its otherwise powerful message about acceptance. (Jan.)

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Robin Jones Gunn - bestselling author of Finding Father Christmas on Just Beyond the Clouds
"Tender-hearted readers beware! Karen has done it again! After you turn the last page of JUST BEYOND THE CLOUDS and put away the tissues, you will find yourself thinking of the characters again and again. Every time you do, you will smile."
Richie McDonald - lead singer of Lonestar on Just Beyond the Clouds
"JUST BEYOND THE CLOUDS was amazing. It captured me in the first chapter and never let me go. . . . Karen writes about the sort of love we could all use a little more of."
Francine Rivers - author of Redeeming Love
"Karen is a gifted writer who confronts the hard issues with truth and sensitivity."
From the Publisher
"Karen is a gifted writer who confronts the hard issues with truth and sensitivity."—Francine Rivers, author of Redeeming Love"

Tender-hearted readers beware! Karen has done it again! After you turn the last page of JUST BEYOND THE CLOUDS and put away the tissues, you will find yourself thinking of the characters again and again. Every time you do, you will smile."—Robin Jones Gunn, bestselling author of Finding Father Christmas on Just Beyond the Clouds"

JUST BEYOND THE CLOUDS was amazing. It captured me in the first chapter and never let me go. . . . Karen writes about the sort of love we could all use a little more of."—Richie McDonald, lead singer of Lonestar on Just Beyond the Clouds

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599951454
Publisher:
Center Street
Publication date:
01/06/2009
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
86,801
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Karen Kingsbury is a #1 New York Times bestselling author of over 60 works of fiction and nonfiction with nearly 25 million copies in print. Widely considered America's favorite inspirational novelist, she is best known for drawing unforgettable characters and stories which evoke a range of emotions. Karen reaches over 100,000 women annually through national speaking appearances. She and her husband, Don, currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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This Side of Heaven 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
AmAnDa_EbY More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! I loved every part of it. it takes a basic story plot that could have been done a dozen times and puts a new spin on it. The characters are so real! When i read the book, i could feel the turmoil and pain that they were going through. I would definately recommend this book to anyone who is wanting to read a good book that they wont be able to put down!
mstyle More than 1 year ago
This is another great book by Karen Kingsbury. She is a fantastic author - I haven't read anything by her that I didn't like. However, this book was exceptional. I cried, I was sad, then happy - it shows the true lives of families and how you can get all wrapped up in the things that don't matter and miss the things that do.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes we misjudge people because we do not really take the time to get to know them and set our expectations too high. This book makes us take a closer look at ourselves and see what we are truly missing. It's a good read and makes you want to spend more time getting to know the people you love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy reading Karen Kingsbury books this is a must to read. It makes you think about your priorities in life and what is really important. It is a very touching story and as my grandma always said "Never judge a book by it's cover!" which sometimes is a hard life lesson for some....
NavyVeteran More than 1 year ago
As always Karen Kingsbury comes through with another winner. Her writings are attention holding, captivating and touching. She takes her readers to a different plain every time and holds your attention throughout. I would read any and all of her books, which I believe I have read most of them. I think the thing I like most is the Christian outlook on each of her books and the insertion of Biblical quotations through out. She gives you reasons to think, to reflect and inspires one to go deeper in your faith. She has it all and is a writer I hope keeps on giving as she does now.
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jp96 More than 1 year ago
This was a good book. Real tear jerker needed a lot of kleenex. She is a good writer. Liked her books.
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Couldn't put the book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
so far really sad but i really cam lean from the headline
wanda73 More than 1 year ago
Highly recommed
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41Emphatic More than 1 year ago
I'm rating this good because as always this is Karen Kingsbury and I love her too dearly to do anything less than a three, but this compared to some of her other books was just not my favorite. It was even a bit hard to get through. As with all her books you can walk away with wisdom, but I got nothing more than some bits of advice about living as much as you can while on this Earth. I realized I think my biggest problem with this book is instead of being shown these characters emotions we are told what they are feeling. I think it could have been much better if we were getting to find out Josh was a hero along with Annie..... Of course reading the note from Karen Kingsbury in the back of this book is a must as you will get to learn a little more about her and her family.
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Wonderfully written with a happy ending
TammyK1 More than 1 year ago
One of my absolute, most favorite Karen Kingsbury books!!!
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