Reviewed by Meg Massey

Jane is a young woman whose world is turned upside down when her fiance Seth is wounded severely in Iraq. She travels to the VA hospital in North Carolina to be by his side, but when she realizes that the man in the hospital bed is nothing like the hopeful man she once knew, she begins to wonder if she is really ready to commit her life to him.

Along the way, Jane encounters several individuals at the hospital that encourage and strengthen her, and her wavering faith. There’s Truman, a retired doctor with a past he can’t seem to forgive himself for, and John-Paul, a kind blind man who happens to be a gifted pianist. Both men provide Jane with the encouragement and strength she needs to help Seth face what will prove to be a difficult recovery. And when Seth makes a decision that alters their lives forever, Truman especially is there to help Jane discover what she truly wants from her life.

Travelers Rest is an emotionally charged novel and one of Ann Tatlock’s best. She weaves a tragic tale of loss with the reminder that there is always hope, even if it seems small and distant. Jane is an incredibly likable character that anyone could relate to, as she struggles with what path to take when it comes to Seth’s care. And Truman’s story is one I won’t soon forget; a journey from a dark past to forgiveness and restoration. Though it could be said that the ending of this novel was a bit predictable, its power is still undeniable.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Also by Ann Tatlock: Promises to Keep

Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Library professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between on her blog.

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