On the quiet cul-de-sac of Cedar Circle, where neighbors are close friends, fierce winds of circumstance threaten to sweep one couple away. Their Down’s Syndrome pregnancy is shattering news for Tory and Barry Sullivan, but the option Barry proposes is abhorrent to Tory. It will take a wisdom and strength greater than their own to carry them through. That, and the encouragement only a loving, close-knit community can provide. Over kitchen counters and across the miles, the women of Cedar Circle lend their support to Tory and to each other as all of them face their personal struggles, heartaches, and joys. Shining with bright faith and friendship that illumine the stormiest night, Showers in Season explores the junction of life’s realities, the cost of obedience, the power of relationships, and the promises of God.
About the Author
Beverly La Haye (www.cwfa.org) is the bestselling author of the Seasons Series (with Terri Blackstock) and The Act of Marriage (with her husband, Tim). She is the founder and chairwoman of Concerned Women for America and shares a daily devotional commentary on the nationally syndicated radio show Concerned Women Today. She and her husband live in southern California.
Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the Sun Coast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series. Visit her website at www.terriblackstock.com Facebook: tblackstock Twitter: @terriblackstock
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If it turns blue, it's positive.' The words seemed frightening to Tory as she stood facing her husband in the bedroom the next morning. The children were still sleeping. She had deliberately risen early with hopes of putting her fears to rest before breakfast.
Barry looked down at his watch. 'Eight minutes left.'
'What if we get a false answer? How do we know we can trust this test?'
'I trust it,' he said. 'They're pretty accurate. It was right the last couple of times.'
'And what if it's clear?' she asked, frowning. 'I thought about it all night. A little baby.' Her eyes misted over, and she swallowed hard.
'If it's clear, you'll cry a little and go on.'
'And if it's blue?'
He grinned. 'You'll cry a little and go on.'
'So it's a lose-lose situation.'
'Win-win, is what I was thinking.'
'Okay, so that vial is either half full or half empty . . . with either clear or blue liquid.' She clutched her head with both hands. 'Why am I so nervous?'
'Because you don't know what you want. Decide if you want it to be blue or clear.'
'What do you want?' she asked.
He grinned. 'Blue, I think.'
A matching grin tiptoed across her face. 'I think I do, too.'
He looked at his watch again. 'Five more minutes.'
'If it's going to turn, do you think it would have turned a little by now?'
He got up. 'I'm going to look.'
'No!' she said, grabbing his arm to stop him. 'No, I don't want to know.'
'Well, I do!'
'I changed my mind,' she said, as if her wishes could change the test's results. 'I want it to be clear.'
'Maybe it is.'
She fell back on the bed with a bounce. 'No, I want blue.' She threw her hands over her face. 'I don't know.'
'You don't have to make up your mind,' he said, laughing and bouncing down next to her. 'It's either blue or clear. Simple as that.' Rolling to his side, he grinned down at her. 'This is kind of fun, isn't it? In the next five minutes, we could be a family of five.'
He checked his watch. 'Two more minutes.'
She grinned. 'One, two, three . . .'
Chuckling, he joined in, and they counted together. When they reached a hundred twenty, they both launched off the bed and headed for the bathroom, giggling and almost knocking each other down in the process.
Barry reached it first, but didn't look. 'Are you ready?'
'Show me,' she whispered, throwing her hands over her face.
She peaked through her fingers. He was grinning as he held up the vial. The bluest liquid she had ever seen seemed to glow from it like neon. Tears pushed into her eyes, and a gale of laughter almost blew her over. Barry started to laugh, too, and setting the vial down, pulled her into his arms. 'We're pregnant,' he said in a voice soft and high-pitched.
'We're pregnant,' she agreed, shaking her head, unable to wipe the smile off her face.
'Will he be like Spencer, or like Britty?'
'She'll be altogether different,' Tory said. 'Not like either one of them. This baby will be one of a kind.'
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is better than Seasons Under Heaven, if that's possible. After suffering terrible nausea and vomiting one day, Tory Sullivan suddenly realizes that she hasn't had a menstrual period for two months and takes a pregnancy test, which comes back positive. A week later, at her ten week appointment, she gets shattering news: her unborn daughter has Down's Syndrome. Her husband Barry grew up with a low functioning autistic brother, and he has a crazy idea in his head that if Tory agrees to abort her baby daughter before she officially changes from "fetus" to "baby", they'll be saving their daughter from a long life of misery. Tory doesn't agree, however, and after a little while, their marriage is at stake. In the meantime, Brenda Dodd's three older children, Daniel, Rachel, and Leah are attending public school and have been ever since their youngest brother's heart transplant. However, they are extremely bored because they moved at a faster rate when they were homeschooled and know everything the public school is teaching them. Cathy Flaherty's three teenaged children have mostly improved their bad attitudes, but the youngest, thirteen year old Mark, is suffering academically and is beginning to develop a behavoral issue. After a variety of events, including Mark skipping school, Mark recieving a three-day suspension from school for smoking marijuana in the bathroom, and Mark bringing home a report card with Ds and Fs and one C, Cathy finally asked Brenda to consider homeschooling Mark, as Brenda is also considering homeschooling her children again. Brenda agrees, but she has a difficult time with Mark, and when he almost burns her house down, she loses her cool. Sylvia and Harry Bryan are missionaries in Leon, Nicaragua who are trying to deal with the aftermath of a hurricane that destroyed many homes and killed many people. Sylvia finds an abandoned toddler and names her Carly, then raises Carly until she loses her. Finally, Tory and Barry become increasingly mad at each other to the point where Barry moves out. After an unexpected visitor, though, Barry suddenly realizes that abortion isn't the solution to his baby's problem and decides that letting his daughter be born naturally with Down's Syndrome is the best thing to do. He makes up with his wife, and a few months later, their little girl is born premature. The baby is named Hannah, after her paternal grandmother, and her Down's Syndrome and premature birth combined scare her parents. Will Hannah live through her complications? And will the rest of the neighbors overcome their problems? Read this wonderful story to find out.
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This is a touching story that centers on Tory, pregnant with a Down's Syndrome child, and her husband, Barry, who knows what it takes to raise a Special Needs child. He watched his mother raise his Autistic brother. Tory and Barry have a deep discussion that brought this reader to tears.Other vital issues are covered in this novel. Cathy keeps a secret from Steve because she fears he won't want to continue to see her if he finds out. Sylvia and Harry face a challenge in their work as Nicaraguan missionaries through the after effects of a hurricane. Brenda struggles in her new job with a demanding boss, while she longs to return to homeschooling.Writing in the third person point of view enables the reader to follow the thoughts and lives of several characters as they interact with one another. Short chapters help keep the plot moving. Characters are quite believable. All in all, this is an enjoyable read.I did not read the first book in the series, but I had no problem understanding the characters or the plot.
This is a touching story that centers on Tory, pregnant with a Down's Syndrome child, and her husband, Barry, who knows what it takes to raise a Special Needs child. He watched his mother raise his Autistic brother. Tory and Barry have a deep discussion that brought this reader to tears. Other vital issues are covered in this novel. Cathy keeps a secret from Steve because she fears he won't want to continue to see her if he finds out. Sylvia and Harry face a challenge in their work as Nicaraguan missionaries through the after effects of a hurricane. Brenda struggles in her new job with a demanding boss, while she longs to return to homeschooling. Writing in the third person point of view enables the reader to follow the thoughts and lives of several characters as they interact with one another. Short chapters help keep the plot moving. Characters are quite believable. All in all, this is an enjoyable read. I did not read the first book in the series, but I had no problem understanding the characters or the plot.
This book, Showers in Season, is a real page-turner. It does not 'shy away' from some of the heart-rending choices that we sometimes have to make in 'real life'. Although this book is a sequel to 'Seasons Under Heaven', it can stand alone on its own merits. Great Book!