Rejoice [Redemption Series 4] [Secure eReader]
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eBook by Karen Kingsbury & Gary Smalley
eBook Category: Spiritual/Religion
eBook Description: This latest release in the Redemption series reunites readers with the continuing saga of the Baxter family. Brooke Baxter has achieved everything this world has to offer--a prestigious career, a beautiful home, and two wonderful children. Her recent return to her faith is an encouragement to her family. But if she faces tremendous loss, can her fledgling faith and her rocky marriage survive?
eBook Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers/Tyndale House
Fictionwise Release Date: March 2005
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11 Reader Ratings:
Sandra Burr gives credence to this horrific family drama about a child's near-drowning and subsequent brain damage. She reads the women's roles melodramatically, stretching out the performance, especially when a sister reveals she's HIV positive. Alternating with the serious drama, and serving as comic relief, are scenes from the nursing home where one of the sisters works. This story has it all--comedy, drama, even romance. Burr does a splendid job weaving all the plot lines together with minimal confusion. Listeners will be drawn to this inspirational story. A.G.H. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine-- Copyright (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
-- From AudioFile
THE SWIM PARTY seemed like a great idea, the perfect ending to a perfect summer.
Brooke Baxter West's partner at the pediatric office had a daughter Maddie's age, and to celebrate her birthday, the family had invited ten kids and their parents for an afternoon in their backyard pool.
For two weeks the girls had talked about it nonstop, seeking out Brooke each morning and tugging on her arm. "Mommy, when's the swim party?"
But two days before the big event, another doctor at the office had received word from California that his aging grandmother had only days to live. Before he caught an emergency flight, he'd asked Brooke if she'd take his on-call duty for the weekend.
"You're my last hope," he told her. "My family needs me."
Brooke hated being on call when she had plans to spend an afternoon with her girls. But other than the swim party, the weekend was open, and she could take the pager with her. The chances of getting a Saturday afternoon call were fairly slim. Saturday evening, yes. But not Saturday afternoon.
Now the big day was here, and Brooke was having doubts. She should've called around, found someone else to take the doctor's on-call duty. Her kids wanted her at the party, and if a call came in, she'd miss the summer's last hurrah.
Brooke slipped a pair of shorts on over her swimsuit. She was raising the zipper when she heard Peter's voice downstairs.
"Hurry up, let's go." Frustration rang in his voice. "The party starts in ten minutes."
Brooke rolled her eyes and grabbed her bag—the one with the life jackets and sunscreen. What was wrong with him? He was constantly grouchy; the two of them hadn't had a normal conversation in weeks. Their home was so tense even little Hayley had noticed it.
"Is Daddy mad at you, Mommy?" she'd asked earlier that week.
Brooke had mumbled something about Daddy being tired, and that yes, they should pray for him. But after days of sidestepping him, she was sick of Peter's attitude. He made her feel incompetent and irritating. The same way he'd made her feel ever since Maddie's diagnosis. Didn't he get it? Maddie was better now; no fevers for more than two months.
Brooke headed into the hallway and ran into Hayley and Maddie. "Guess what, girls?" A glance at the grins on her daughters' faces and her smile came easily. "I'm wearing my swimsuit!"
"Goodie, Mommy." Maddie jumped up and down and reached for Hayley's hand. "We can play tea party on the steps."
They joined Peter downstairs and but for the girls' excited chatter, they rode in silence to the house across town where Brooke's partner, Aletha, and her husband, DeWayne, lived.
At three years old, Hayley was still small enough to carry, so Brooke swept her into her arms as they headed up the walk toward the front door. On the way up the steps, Hayley took hold of Brooke's hand and squeezed it three times. The sign Brooke used with the girls to say, "I love you." The love from her younger daughter was the perfect remedy for Peter's coolness.
"You're a sweet girl, Hayley; do you know that?" She shifted her pool bag to her shoulder.
"You, too, Mommy." Hayley rubbed her tiny nose against Brooke's. "You're a sweetie girl, too. Know why?"
"Why?" Brooke and Hayley trailed behind, and Brooke took her time. She loved moments like this with her girls.
"Because—" Hayley tilted her head, her pale blonde hair falling like silk around her wide-eyed face—"I love you, that's why."
The door opened and Aletha smiled at them from the front step. "Hi. The party's out back."
Peter pulled out a smile, the one he wielded whenever they were in public. Brooke studied him, confused and hurt. Why couldn't he smile that way at her? She'd been meaning to ask him, but she hadn't found the chance. She was a few feet from the front door when her pager went off. She exhaled hard as she unclipped the pager from her waistband and stared at the small message window. Urgent, it read. The word was followed by the hospital's main number. Great, she thought. I won't get even an hour with them in the pool.
Copyright © 2004 by The Smalley Publishing Group, LLC, and Karen Kingsbury.