cover image Swimming in the Deep End

Swimming in the Deep End

Christina Suzann Nelson. Kregel, $15.99 trade paper (280p) ISBN 978-0-8254-4557-6

Nelson (If We Make It Home) intertwines the lives of four women struggling to deal with motherhood and faith in this moving story. Church secretary Jillian Connors sees her halcyon life thrown into uncertainty when her daughter becomes pregnant, and a hidden abortion from her past threatens to destroy the image of motherhood she’s worked to so hard to build. Izzy Connors wishes she never became pregnant but must put her hopes of becoming an Olympic swimmer on hold after she decides to keep the baby with her boyfriend, Travis Owens. Margaret Owens has had a tough time raising four boys by herself, but is particularly concerned when Travis, a baseball star, gets his girlfriend pregnant. When tragedy strikes the Connors and Owens families, Izzy ends up at A Child’s Home, a home for women with unplanned pregnancies. Stacey Meyers and her husband, Keith, are still grieving the loss of their first child after she starts volunteering at A Child’s Home and meets Izzy. As the women connect at the home, they learn to deal with the pain and grief from their pasts and look forward to what God has in store for their futures. This emotional, affecting story deals with realistic aspects of pregnancy and will make a great selection for book clubs or as a conversation starter for mothers and daughters. [em](Sept.) [/em]