night blindness book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

Jensen Reilly is living out west with her artist husband when she gets a call on her birthday informing her that her father is in the hospital with a brain tumor. To make matters worse, his neurosurgeon is none other than Ryder Anderson, a long-time family friend who Jensen hasn’t spoken to in years….ever since her brother Will died 13 years earlier. Ryder was with Jensen when that horrible accident happened and she can’t release herself of the guilt that has plagued her all these years. But now, with her father sick, she must go home and face all of it. Face her parents, face Ryder, and most importantly face her past.

Throughout the months that Jensen spends caring for her father, the tensions are high between her and Jamie (her mother) as Jamie continues on with most of her daily work like nothing major is going on. Jensen is left to the daily care of her father, under Ryder’s guidance. Knowing she has to see Ryder on a constant basis turns out to not be as difficult as Jensen had imagined. In fact, she finds that she’s still greatly attracted to Ryder, but won’t let herself pursue those feelings because of her marriage but also because she’s still fighting guilt over the last time they let themselves go down that path.

A close friend of her parents, Luke has been like an uncle to Jensen for years and he’s still the same great person she remembers. Luke senses that Jensen is still running from her past even though she’s come home to help her father and he confronts her about it on several occasions. He forces her to put a voice to her guilt and tell her family what really happened that night. But what Jensen finds out in the end allows all of them a measure of peace that none of them knew was needed.

Night Blindness is Susan Strecker’s debut novel and she has really come out of the gates strong! This novel is full of emotional turmoil, internal stress, and unconditional love within a family. Strecker also does a great job of showing in detail that family isn’t defined by blood. A true family consists of boundless love between people from all walks of life. A true family can help a person heal from wounds that are decades old and bring them back to a level of rightness they hadn’t had in years. Night Blindness is a beautiful example of this type of family.

Rating: ★★★★★ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Macmillan. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.