Travelers Rest

Travelers Rest

by Ann Tatlock
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Travelers Rest by Ann Tatlock

New Contemporary Novel from an Award-Winning Author

Jane Morrow has a dilemma. She's engaged to Seth Ballantine, a member of the National Guard's 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, and he's returned from Iraq severely wounded. Jane hasn't seen him for nearly a year, and with trepidation, she heads to the VA hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, where he is being treated.

Seth isn't happy to see her. He'd asked her not to come. He wants to end the relationship. But Jane loves him, and despite his injury, she's determined to convince him that they can have a life together. Her faith has never been strong, yet she hopes God will answer her prayers and tell her what to do.

Beautifully written, Travelers Rest takes readers on a journey through pain and tragedy to a place of hope and redemption.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764208102
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Edition description: Original
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ann Tatlock is the author of the Christy-Award-winning novel All the Way Home. She has also won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association "Book of the Year" in fiction for both All the Way Home and I'll Watch the Moon. Ann lives with her husband, Bob, and their daughter, Laura Jane, in Asheville, North Carolina. Visit her website at

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Travelers Rest 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
What a dilemma! Jane Morrow, the protagonist, engaged to a victim of the Iraq war finds herself in the middle of a complex problem. Seth Ballantine, once an able-bodied man, but now a quadraplegic, decides that the only solution is for Jane to stay away; after all, he is no longer the man she knew. Stay away or remain at Seth's side? The character of Jane is compelling; despite Seth's efforts to discourage her, she plugs away, hoping somehow it will all work out. Jane questions her future life with Seth and wavers. She wishes that somehow she could be confident in her choice. The storyline is believable and unfortunately, quite timely. Even though the topic is depressing, the plot is not. Props to Ann Tatlock for keeping the balance. One character provides an ongoing theme: “Life’s gearshift’s got no reverse, so you have to just keep moving forward.” Readers watch as Jane moves forward. This is a book that will challenge the reader to think about life's choices. Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Bethany House Publishers for my copy.
ChissyC More than 1 year ago
wow! getting a free book for an honest review...... does not mean.... tell the story. I don't need to get this book now. thanks a lot spoilers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written.Sweet clean.It draws you in makes you feel as if you are there.The only negative as with other books..the story goes on then the last few chapters you feel like its rushed to finalize. I seldom read a book twice but I think I could this one.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Jane Morrow is finding her future a difficult road ahead. What she had planned for isn't what lies in front of her. So many decisions and not sure which way to go, she searches in vain for the answer. Seth Ballentine has returned home from the war in Iraq and she couldn't be more happier. When he left, all she ever wanted was for him to return home even though she never wanted him to leave. Asking her to marry him before he left gave her something to hope for along with a promise he'd come back to her. Now that he has, he doesn't want to see her. Asks her not to come visit or see him. Yet Jane's still in love with Seth and can't understand how his feelings have changed for her until she makes a trip to visit him. She steps into the lobby of the Asheville Veterans Administration Medical Center complex and asks for directions to his room. On the fifth floor, she enters his room and finds him looking so much worse than she ever expected. Losing much of the weight he had before, she braced herself for his reaction. When he looked up at her, she expected to see love in his eyes, but now only anger appeared there. He was mad she had gone against his wishes and come to see him. He tells Jane that he wants her to forget about him, to take the engagement ring she's still wearing and sell it. Take a trip, go on a cruise. He's not here for her anymore. Only Jane thinks she has prepared herself in the last six months to deal with Seth. After everything she has read, she still has hope that they can still be married, she still is in love with him and wants to be his wife. As much as he tries to discourage her, Jane insists they can make this work. Seth is now completely paralyzed after being shot in the neck. The only thing he wishes is that he had died like he believed God had planned instead of being brought back as less than a man. In the latest novel by Ann Tatlock, Travelers Rest, brings the readers into a difficult time for both Jane and Seth. Jane's trying to maintain hope that they can still make their relationship work while Seth is trying to find hope to keep on living in his current state, despite how much he may recover some of his movement. He knows he will never be the same and tries in vain to discourage Jane in anyway he can. Will they find a way to make their love survive despite difficult circumstances or will they each go their separate ways and realize that love alone may not solve their problems? I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and was immediately captivated by this enchanting story. It's understandable to feel things for both Seth's circumstance of dealing with a war injury and Jane's for trying to keep the hope and faith of love alive despite their struggles. Along the way, Jane meets Truman Rockaway, an elderly man who has served time in the Korean war and is a retired black doctor now residing at the Medical Center. He reminded me while I was reading about his character in the book of Morgan Freeman and he quiet strength provide healing to Jane's troubled soul. I really enjoyed this book and found myself drawn into the characters as each one has shared a troubled past along the way to arrive where they are today. I highly recommend this one and rate it a 5 out of 5 stars. Once you pick it up, you won't be able to put it down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well worth reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very much enjoyed. Heart warming quick read.
I_like_clean_reads More than 1 year ago
This was the first book by Ann Tatlock I have read, and I enjoyed it although I felt it fell somewhat short in my expectations. I loved the story of Jane and her meeting the retired African-American physician, Truman Rockaway; and for the most part, enjoyed the entire story itself. I felt that Seth's character was lacking, and Tatlock's inclusion of God and faith in the book was confusing. Did the main character, Jane, find faith in the Lord by the end of the book? Had she already lost her love for Seth when she left for the weekend to visit her friend with Dr. Rockaway? Anyway, for me, the story could have been better, but it was an easy read, and I loved it that part of the story revolved around our wounded warriors. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a first time read by this author - but I do not plan for it to be my last. What a beautiful story!!!
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Angelian More than 1 year ago
This is the best book by Ann Tatlock that I have read so far!  Seth comes back from war severely injured.  Jane is engaged to him but now he is sending her away.  Does she walk away as he wishes or stand by her man?  I found myself looking inside to reflect on what my own reaction might be.  There are also the themes of what a small world, what we believe are unanswerable prayers, and how everything works together for God's perfect will. 
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S-Scales More than 1 year ago
Travelers Rest is beautifully and tenderly written with several heartbreaking stories but... there is hope in the end. Jane is engaged to Seth, the man she has loved since childhood & a talented carpenter. His National Guard unit is then deployed to Iraq seven months later. He comes back broken in body and spirit, but she will not give up on him. Truman Rockaway, a veteran and retired doctor, helps out at the hospital. He is a great encouragement to Jane, and Jane is surprisingly able to help him settle a question of forgiveness in his past. Jon-Paul Pearcy is a lawyer who plays the piano at the hospital a few days a week. He is blind and tries to give hope to both Seth and Jane that adjustments can be made and life (though different) can go on. Oh, and I have to introduce you to Hoboken and Sausalito - they are the comic relief of this novel! These are nicknames for two cousins from Uganda who are working part-time at the hospital while they go to nursing school. You will really enjoy them! This is my second book of Ann Tatlock that’s I’ve read, but my favorite so far. The way she writes just draws you in and allows you to really see settings and feel the emotions of the characters. I definitely would recommend it and look forward to reading more from Mrs. Tatlock. **Bethany House has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
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TarOnMyHeels More than 1 year ago
Good story!
PrincessMK More than 1 year ago
Jane Morrow has had a tough life.....a mother who committed suicide, a soldier fiancee permanently injured while away at war and a weak faith that seems to come and go with her emotions but God had a plan for her life. Truman Rockaway had been living with a secret for many many years and no amount of healing during his tenure as a physician could take away his guilt from living with that secret. Truman and Jane come together in a way that only God can orchestrate and both find the healing they have both been longing for. While the story didn't turn out the way I expected it to, I was pleasantly surprised how how real Ann Tatlock's characters became and I look forward to reading a lot more of her work!
HSMomof4 More than 1 year ago
A YOUNG WOMAN determined to honor her commitment... AN INJURED SOLDIER convinced life is no longer worth living... A RETIRED DOCTOR certain it's too late to be forgiven... Jane Morrow has a dilemma, and love alone may not solve it. Her faith has never been strong, yet somehow she hopes God will answer her prayers and tell her what to do. The answer she finds may not be at all what she expected... (from the back cover) * * * * * * * * * * * * How does life go on when your fiance returns home from fighting in Iraq as a quadraplegic? Do you stand by your man no matter what... uphold your wedding vows not yet taken? Where is the silver lining? Ann Tatlock has beautifully written a heartwarming story of love, loss, forgiveness, and hope for the future. Each of the characters is well-developed so that they easily become your friends throughout the book. Many of their character traits are ones I could easily identify with - questioning God, understanding your past, desire to uphold commitments, and more. With all the wounded soldiers returning from the Middle East, this wonderful story gives us an insight into the problems faced by the veterans. Their slow and steady recuperation does not always mean a whole body... the one they had before defending our blessings. Travelers Rest has challenged me as to how I can help our returning veterans and their families. I received a complimentary copy of Travelers Rest from Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.
TBCN More than 1 year ago
Life had so much promise for Jane Morrow who was engaged to a man she’d loved since second grade. They grew up together. Jane noticed Seth but all the while he didn’t know she existed. Then in high school things changed. He finally he noticed her in a big way! It only took fifteen years. The happiest day of her life was when Seth asked her to marry him. Then Seth signed up to be in the reserves and then is called to duty. They planned on getting married when he came back. But nothing prepared them for what would happen next. Seth Ballantine was back from Iraq with a purple heart, changed and missing a few things. He tells Jane to stay away from him. He doesn’t want her to see what happened to him in battle. He wasn’t the man he used to be. She deserved more in life. She didn’t care how different he was. They’d make it work; come up with a new normal to their relationship. She wouldn’t stay away. The realities of Seth’s medical condition and who he had become were staggering! She found it hard to catch glimpses of the old Seth she fell in love with and grew up with. Could she love this man she hardly recognized – personality wise and wishes he died in battle? A friend says to Jane, “…when he beginning to take inventory of what he has left – rather than thinking about what he’s lost. That’s the beginning….He can’t do what he once wanted to do with his life, but he can do something, and that’s what matters.” Would Seth ever change his thinking? Seth and Jane are weary. They pray, “Oh, God I’m tired please hear our prayers.” “We take everything for granted, until we don’t have it anymore.” Jane hears from a friend. Jane gets to know Truman, a retired doctor who makes it his mission to help the soldiers adjust to their new normal, try to make sense of a life they never expected to have. Is there life after their world was turned up-side down? He listens, encourages them and cheers them up daily. They look forward to his visits. Jane repeats a saying her nanny said and she’d lived by, “Well child, as mamma always said, life’s gearshift’s got no reverse, so you have to just keep moving forward!” Funny and so true! Ann Tatlock gives the reader a glimpse into one couples reality as they try to make sense of their new normal! Could they love each other enough to make it work? Would Jane move onto another relationship like Seth and her friends wanted her to do? Or would she know without a shadow of a doubt she was meant to stay by Seth’s side no matter what? How would she find answers to these questions? This author shows one soldier’s heart break and how his family reacts to him in his new physical state. Also how they all struggle to deal with the question “Where do we go from here?” There are no easy answers as Ann Tatlock’s endearing characters struggle to hear from God,’ to do the right thing, and learn how to thrive in the after math of war! This author shows there can be hope, healing and forgiveness in the middle of horrific times!
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
Firstly, my review of the fiction novel, Travelers Rest by Ann Tatlock is very late, because I just received the book in the mail. Based on the title alone- this book isn't what I expected. After completing two thirds of the book, I learned that the title is taken from a small town named Travelers Rest- which holds an unexpected yet common significance in the lives of two seperate characters- a young woman and an old retired doctor- whose lives cross paths. Nevertheless the title may have a double meaning because the main characters find true emotional rest and peace in the end of the book. This book is about a young, 25 year old woman, Jane, who feels duty bound to honor her commitment to marry her fiance Seth who was paralyzed from the neck down as a result of a bullet wound he sustained in Iraq. Her strong sense of moral duty is the driving force behind her thoughts and actions as she struggles to cope with the choice of whether to marry Seth or to move forward and face life without him. Basically her life appears to center around the pragmatic fact that she simply does not want to be alone the rest of her life. She has an optomistic, yet naive picture of the future as a caretaker for her fiance. She even mentions how she spent 6 months doing internet research to learn what it is like to care for a quadraplegic in preparation for a life with her fiance. On the otherhand, Seth is bitter, angry and depressed at the loss of his health and independance. He does not want to be a burden and Jane simply serves as a painful reminder of his past. At one point of the story when Seth experiences a life threatening episode of autonomic dysreflexia due to a blocked catheter, Jane has no idea what is happening. She is confronted with the fact that she isnt the expert on paralysis as she thought she was. I find this difficult to believe she is caught offguard because information on this common condition which afflicts paralyzed patients is widely available on any internet website about c-spine injuries. If she claims she actually did 6 months of research, surely she would have been familiar with the condition. In fact as a reader, when the symptoms Seth first experienced were mentioned, I knew right away what it was. In fact all caretakers of paralyzed people must be educated on the symptoms and causes of this common yet life threatening condition. Eventually Seth dies unexpectedly due to health complications coupled with his lack of will to survive. His "convienient" death essentially is the answer to Jane's dilema and it leaves her free to pursue another unexpected love interest two years later into the story. In the end, it is intereseting to see how the lives of Jane and the retired doctor are tied together with a common bond from Janne's childhood. The ending is too perfect in the way all the pieces come to gether- much like a fairy tale in which the beautiful princess and hero gets married. The doctor finds the redemption and forgiveness he spent his entire lifetime seeking- and gets married to boot! It almost seems that the message of this book focuses on the neccesity of marriage to feel complete in contrast to faith and dependance on God. This is a very good story about characters with strong morals with unexpected twists- but the ending is just too perfect in stark contrast to real life. As a blogger I recieved this book from Bethany Hous ePublishers for the purpose of writing this review.
me_you More than 1 year ago
I thought this book was good.Made me appreciate the Military Men and Women more for what they go through.Although I wanted it to end differntly,I wanted him to live and they make it. I received the book through Bethany House free as a book reviewer.