Beyond the Night
by Marlo Schalesky
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Review – Beyond the night
Reviewed by Lacy J. Williams
Schalesky has an incredible talent for building emotion in her scenes that is an effortless journey for the reader.
You know those books that pack an emotional punch? The ones you can’t put down and then after you’re done with them you think about them for days?
That was Beyond the Night for me.
Flowing between the present-day scene of a woman floating on a sea of darkness – at times almost drowning – and her husband groaning for her to wake from her coma, and a series of flashbacks in the 1970s, the real treasure for me were the scenes between Paul and Maddie in their twenties.
With graduation on the horizon, Maddie’s life seems to be following her orderly plan. Get her degree. Become a doctor. Get married.
Yes, things are going her way. Until she starts to lose her sight.
Paul realizes his love for Maddie on the same night she begins to lose her vision. But how can he convince her that everything will be okay when experience has taught him it won’t be?
Schalesky has an incredible talent for building emotion in her scenes that is an effortless journey for the reader, who then finds themselves on the edge of the cliff with Maddie – did Paul mean it when he said he loved her???
Paul’s indecision and heartache over the past also really touched me, as I tend to be an “overthinker” and relive past mistakes. But he definitely redeems himself through the end of the story!
Using delicately weaved-in details, Schalesky managed to bring the past to life, even to someone who wasn’t alive during the featured decade. I think these minute details are what also allowed this reader to feel so close to the characters, so entrenched in the scenes.
This was my first Schalesky read and I will definitely be looking for her other books. Highly recommended.
Lacy J. Williams
Lacy Williams is a wife and mom from Oklahoma. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (www.acfw.com) and loves mentoring and critiquing with new writers. Her debut novel MARRYING MISS MARSHAL releases from Love Inspired Historical in August 2011. For more about Lacy, plus giveaways and author news, please visit her website at www.lacyjwilliams.com .
About Marlo Schalesky
MARLO SCHALESKY is the award winning author of five books, including her latest novel VEIL OF FIRE, which explores the great Minnesota firestorm of 1894 and the mysterious figure who appeared in the hills afterward. She has also had over 500 articles published in various magazines, had her work included in compilations such as Dr. Dobson’s Night Light Devotional for Couples, and is a regular columnist for Power for Living. Marlo recently earned her Masters degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary and is currently working on three contemporary novels for Multnomah-Waterbrook Publishers, a division of Random House. She lives in Salinas, California with her husband and four daughters.
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