Like Always

Like Always

by Robert Elmer
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Like Always 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'The richest love is born in sacrifice.' The opening sentence from the summary at the back of the book tells it all. This is a story of love, courage and doing the right thing at the ultimate cost. Like Always points to the miracle of new life that follows the laying down and burying of old wounds, nagging fears, haunting nightmares, and misplaced sense of security. Based on the true story of Rita Fredrizzi who stood her ground and refused treatment when she found out she had cancer at the same she became pregnant with her third child, this is a riveting and emotionally charged parable. Both Merit, the main character in the book and Rita die shortly after giving birth, and still their victory over death lives on in a story that brings hope and healing. As you read Like Always you will fall in love with the breath-taking, quaint town of Kokanee Cove and even more so with the characters that bring the book to life. You will catch yourself breaking into laughter...and overcome with tears. Every page will hold you captive and draw you deeply into the lives and lessons wrapped in every page. More than a good read, I appreciated the biblical parallel to Christ's sacrifice on the cross and the miracle of His resurrection. With a strategic quote from Ray Charles, Elmer reminds us 'There's nothing written in the Bible...that says if you believe in me, you ain't going to have no troubles.' Indeed, He has overcome the world, and gives us new life every day as we lay ours down for Him. The climax in Like Always lands squarely on wake of Easter morning, reminding us we are called to live for Him according to our faith as Easter people. Alleluia!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robert Elmer¿s newest adult fiction novel, Like Always, offers a realistic look at the sensitive situations people face in their daily lives. Elmer infuses his characters with real emotions, thus inspiring compassion in readers. This story of tender love confronted with wrenching pain concludes with the perfect ¿of course!¿ ending, reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks¿s The Notebook. Elmer¿s talent makes him one of the few authors who are able to write successfully across genres. As a skilled author of over 35 books for children, Elmer¿s talent shone. Now as he moves to writing nonfiction and fiction for adults, he exhibits a remarkable ability to portray through his tales the gamut of emotions people experience when facing various situations.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Sullivan family is elated because twenty years old Airman First Class Michael is coming home from being stationed in Iraq. His parents Will and Merit have prayed every day for his safe return and that of his unit too. His younger sisters Olivia and Abby are just as euphoric as their parents. However, the reunion is somewhat marred by Michael¿s girlfriend not showing up as she Dear John dumped him. --- Meanwhile Will and Merit decide to follow a dream by relocating from California to Idaho where they buy a run down lake resort that they know they will have to put in a lot of work to restore. To their shock, fear and joy, forty-four years old Merit is pregnant. However, soon the family will face the greatest threat to their belief in God as Merit has an extremely difficult choice to make. --- The five Sullivans come across as full blooded different individuals with varying desires and needs. However, the tale is owned by Merit who faces a terrible dilemma that shakes to the core her belief in God¿s ways and even more so that of her husband and three offspring. Readers will appreciate Robert Elmer¿s deep inspirational family drama starring an interesting individual whose decision displays the core of her faith. --- Harriet Klausner