Bethany is content with her life as a preschool teacher. She is certain she'll never marry, definitely never fall in love. Then she feels a call to work in Africa. She doesn't know when or how, but she begins preparations. As the school year progresses, she becomes close to four-year-old Jenny, who lost her mother at birth. Soon Bethany is babysitting Jenny, and she strikes up a friendship with Jenny's strikingly handsome father, a surgeon.
Luke has been preparing to return to Africa to continue his mission work as a doctor, but he will not go without Jenny. Recognising that Jenny needs a mother and that Bethany has become a good friend to him, he asks for Bethany's hand in marriage. With their hearts so firmly guarded, neither of them can contemplate ever falling in love, so it seems an ideal solution.
When they arrive in Africa, Luke is forced to face haunting memories of the woman he still loves, and Bethany's world is turned upside down. Their walls are soon higher and stronger than ever before, driving them apart. Does God have a plan to bring them together, unguarded, or have they made the biggest mistake of their lives?
Vivian Jenkins's own missionary experiences in Zimbabwe are woven into the story throughout, creating a spellbinding, poignant read. Let the Walls Come Down.
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Similar to the style of Karen Kingsley, but with less emotional sentimentality and cheap melodrama, Vivian Jenkins has created a powerful and enriching tale of healing and love. Wonderfully satisfying in its balance of romance with substance "Let the Walls Come Down" is inspiring and heart-warming. For those acquainted with rural Africa, the setting is authentic and enchanting, but uninitiated readers will by no means feel excluded on this account. The characters are convincing and easily loveable. As I am usually left feeling unsatisfied by fiction, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I put much of this down to Jenkins' brilliant understanding of human nature and the difficulty many Christians have of reconciling human suffering with a loving God. All in all, the best fiction I have read since childhood!