AUTHOR: Elaine Stock
PUBLISHER: Elk Lake Publishing
Can she move forward without knowing her past? Will he enjoy his present if he can't free himself from what he left behind?
In the heart of the Adirondacks, Isabelle lives in the shadow of a dark family secret whose silent burden strips her family of emotional warmth and faith in God. Tyler belongs to the religious sect called The Faithful, which Isabelle's father dislikes immensely. Yet, because Tyler belongs to this group, Isabelle sees only a man devoted to his family and faith. She wants it; she gets it; they marry.
And when the truth comes out, Isabelle faces two choices: Staying could endanger her child. Leaving could cost her life.
At eighteen, Isabelle wants to move out of her father’s home, tired of his and her grandmother’s demands and lack of affection. She knows they carry secrets, which makes her feel detached from the family unit. But as this compelling story opens, a detour to the local park brings her face to face with a gang of young thugs intent on evil.
Tyler, a handsome stranger, rescues Isabelle with no regard for his own safety. What girl wouldn’t fall for such a hero? But Tyler belongs to a group abhorred by the townspeople, including Isabelle’s father. She ignores his warnings, eager to know everything about her brave hero.
Author Elaine Stock skillfully brings her characters to life, and in spite of the whispered dangers surrounding The Faithfull, I found myself hoping these two young people could rise above their pasts (and present) to find God’s grace and love.
Always With You is one of those rare novels that purposely strides where few novels dare to tread as it deals with the bondage and warped perceptions within a cult. While the faith element is subtle, its message is clear: God’s grace is of utmost importance.
I believe Always With You carries important lessons, and I am pleased to recommend it. This book earns four stars. Disclaimer: I have not been reimbursed for this review; all opinions are my own.