Beneath the Night Tree
By Nicole BaartBlurb: Do I have a child? Julia DeSmit knew she would face the question eventually, but she didn’t expect it now. At twenty-four, she is finally content with the way her life has unfolded. A single mother to her son and young brother, she works at the local grocery store while chipping away at a two-year degree. All her free time is spent with her unorthodox family—her boys, her grandmother, and her boyfriend of five years. It’s not perfect, but Julia is happier than ever.
So when she receives the cryptic e-mail from her son’s father, Julia’s world is turned upside down. She hasn’t heard from Parker since he left her in a college parking lot nearly six years ago. But one look at her son—the spitting image of his father—is enough to convince her that, for better or worse, Parker is a part of their story. Faced with this new reality and an unexpected tragedy, Julia begins a tightrope walk between what was and what is, what she hopes for and what will be.
Genres: Adult, Christian, Realistic Fiction
Publication Date: January 24, 2011
Series: Threads of Change (book 3)
My Rating: 4 stars
Beneath the Night Tree is the last book in the Threads of Change trilogy, and I was sad to see it end. I have grown to love these characters, and it's one of the best series I've read in the Christian genre. I have almost no complaints about this book. (Yes, I do have one complaint, but it's a teensy one.)
I liked that this novel took place five years after the end of Summer Snow, because it was fun to see how the characters had changed. Julia has become a pretty great single mom, Daniel went from cute baby to cute kindergartner, and Simon went from bubbly to more reserved and moody. Simon was my favorite character in here, because he went through a lot of changes in this story. I felt bad for him; he had went through a lot for someone so young.
I was a bit afraid that Parker's reappearance in this story would be harmful for Julia, but he had really changed since After the Leaves Fall. I had really liked him until he became a jerk about Julia's pregnancy, so it was nice to have him in here.
The teensy complaint mentioned above is that at the end of Summer Snow, Simon is following Michael around, and he looks up to Michael, but Julia states in this book that Michael and Simon never had the best relationship, or something along those lines. It really threw me off, and bothered me a bit.
Other than that, I thought this was a great ending to the series. I would definitely not mind there being another one after this, because it would be great to see what happens to the DeSmit family, but I felt that all the loose ends were tied up pretty nicely in this story. I'll have to find some new books by Nicole Baart now!