What Follows After
By Dan Walsh
In 1962, life was simple, the world made sense, and all families were happy.
And when they weren’t, everyone knew you were supposed to pretend.
For the past year, Scott and Gina Harrison have been living a lie. While they show up at family get-togethers in the same car, they’ve actually been separated for over a year. To keep up the charade, they’ve even instructed their sons, Colt and Timmy, to lie–to their grandparents, their teachers, and their friends.
Colt, for one, has had enough, so he hatches a plan. He and his little brother will run away from their Florida home, head for their aunt’s house in Georgia, and refuse to come home until their parents get back together. But when things go terribly, terribly wrong, Scott and Gina must come to grips with years of neglect and mistrust in order to recover their beloved sons, their love for one another, and their marriage.
In this emotional story, bestselling author Dan Walsh takes you on a journey to rediscover the things that matter most in life–love, truth, and family. With profound insight into the heart of a hurting child, he reminds us that a time will come to look back on hard times and smile, because we’ll know that what follows after . . . is not what we expected at all.
This book isn’t part of Dan Walsh’s Restoration Series, but it still has that feel to it.
Scott and Gina have been living a lie for a year now, but worse than that, they have been forcing their children to lie. This weighs heavy on the children, and they decide to run away from home and go to their aunt’s house.
Neither one makes it there. When they become separated, Colt’s fate is much different from his brother Timmy’s – a fate that will scar them both.
This is a story that takes place both in Colt’s memory and as part of a decision that he must make as an adult.
As always, Mr. Walsh knows how to reach out and touch a person’s heart. I’m eagerly waiting his next novel.
***A special thank you to Lanette Haskins for providing a review copy.***
Dan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Unfinished Gift, The Discovery, and The Reunion, as well as The Dance and The Promise with Gary Smalley. He has won three Carol awards, and three of his novels were finalists for RT Book Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year (2011-2013). Dan lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he’s busy researching and writing his next novel. Visit www.danwalshbooks.com for more.