What Happens Next
by Christina Suzann Nelson
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Pub Date 17 Jan 2023 | Archive Date 26 Feb 2023
Bethany House, Bethany House Publishers
"Everyone has a story, and maybe everyone needs a little help toward healing."
Popular podcaster and ex-reporter Faith Byrne made a name for herself telling stories of greatness after tragedy--but her real life does not mirror the stories she tells. While her daughters spend the summer in Hawaii with her ex-husband and his new wife, she must manage life on her own. All of that changes when she's asked to spotlight her childhood best friend's missing person case on her podcast.
Dora Crane has never accepted that her younger daughter could be dead, keeping her home looking the same as when her daughter disappeared. But when her husband leaves her and her older daughter intervenes, she agrees to counseling and to pack up her missing daughter's belongings under one condition: Faith Byrne comes to Deep Valley and sheds light on the cold case.
As the long-abandoned investigation moves forward, old wounds and long-buried secrets are exposed. Will these two women, whose lives have never been the same, finally get the answers they need to reconcile the past and the future?
"This heartbreaking story will keep you guessing--and hoping--with the turn of every redemptive page."--ERIN BARTELS, award-winning author of The Girl Who Could Breathe Under Water
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This was the first book I've read by Christina Suzann Nelson, but it won't be my last! I really enjoyed this book and couldn't wait to find out what really happened to Heather! This book centers around Faith, who has a podcast, and the disappearance of her childhood best friend, Heather. Heather's disappearance was never solved, so it became a cold case. Faith goes back to the town and tries to find out what really happened. There was a big twist at the end. I never thought it would have turned out the way it did! I highly recommend this book!
I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through NetGalley and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions express are mine.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT by CHRISTINA SUZANN NELSON is the heartwrenching story of a friendship between two ten year olds, Faith Ferdon and Heather Crane that was cut short when Heather disappeared in 1987.
When Faith and her mother left Deep Valley she was never told what had happened to her friend and felt rejection when her letters went unanswered.
Faith is now a mother of two girls and she remembers the love showered on her by Heather’s parents, which made a huge difference in her life and in the way she treats her girls - her own parents never showing any affection towards her or one another.
Brooke Crane begs Faith to investigate Heather’s disappeaance and do a podcast on her show “What Happens Next” to try and find out what happened to Heather in order to bring peace to her mother and closure to the family. …..
There are secrets, there is a handsome detective who used to hang out with the two girls, there is suspicion and suspense…..
Will this deeply personal story about Heather bring about redemption and hope or will it come to nothing?
What Happens Next is about family dynamics, the fear and insecutity that comes with rejection, dealing with grief, courage and resilience. I really enjoy the way the author takes us right into the characters ‘ emotions and I love the strnng Christian message of hope and redemption.
I highly recommend this enjoyable and inspirational read.
I was given a free copy of the book by NetGalley from Bethany House Publishers. The opinions in this review are completely my own.
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