She was tired of life...He was tired of death...Can one miracle restore them both?Kelsey Mitchell's dreams of happily ever after were washed away when her emotionally abusive husband succumbed to the pride of his religious illusions and abandoned his family. Years later, raising two kids alone in the beachside community of Santa Cruz, Kelsey's faith is again tested when her daughter's life is in jeopardy. Now, she must make a choice to drown under the weight of her past or resurface triumphantly in the faith and hope she left behind.Alex Bechtel traded his successful CPA business for his first love: Pastoring a small church in a quaint seaside village. But when he discovers the church is long on rules and short on compassion, he must question his decisions and his own definition of faith.Can two people with troubled pasts find hope and love in one another? Or is Swimming to the Surface worth the effort?
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Swimming to the Surface based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
The book was written fairly well, but the content was sad and very depressing!!! There really is no closure. A wife blamed for everything wrong in a marriage and blamed for the way her husband treats her. A husband who is good at "preaching" his point of vew whether it is right or wrong. Two kids divided on how to help their family. Their church pastor supports the husband and their marriage committment, and the associate pastor supports the wife and divorce. Basically the Biblical conflict is whether it is okay to get a divorce if the husband is emotionally abusive. The Bible says divorce is only okay if adultry has been committed, which later on in the book it was revealed that the husband did have a homosexual affair for most of their married lives. It was reading about a train wreck, which would never end. I do not recommend this book. It would be torture to read this book again.
I've read everything Billerbeck has written, and while this is very different from her usual chick lit, it's a touching story of hope I think all her readers will love. The cover alone made me want to pick it up, and the story inside matches the intrigue of the art.