Thursday, September 25, 2014

A Thousand Sleepless Nights by Michael King

Book Description:   A family torn apart by neglect and hurt…
And brought together again by a most unlikely force
In the 1970s, escaping a home where he knew nothing but violence and hate, Jim Harding found work, and love, on the largest horse ranch in Virginia. The object of his affections, Nena St. Claire, is the daughter of the owner—a man who ruled his ranch with an iron fist and would do whatever it took to keep Nena and Jim apart.
Against the wishes of her family, Nena marries Jim, and after her father dies, she sacrifices everything—including her family—to keep the ranch alive. Now their three grown children have lives of their own and want nothing to do with Nena. She was never the mother they needed.
When cancer strikes and Nena is given a devastating diagnosis, can Jim reconcile the family before it is too late?

My Thoughts:  Michael King is a brand new author to me so when I first saw this book I wasn't impressed.  To be honest the title, "A Thousand Sleepless Nights,"  seemed odd to me.  Was it a book about sleep apnea??  No, it's actually a story of family and emotion.  
Nena marries a simple ranch hand after breaking her engagement to one the up and coming young men in her circle. . . was this a wise decision?  Interestingly, the author brings out how God works even when we make choices that don't work.
At times this was quite a sad read (for me)....dealing with cancer and death is not an easy feat for most of us humans.  Then there are the issues within the family.  But there's also the forgiveness.  The love and the way it is and the what might have beens.  Makes for quite an emotional heartrending read!
After her father passes away from cancer Nena inherits the immense ranch.
Nena has issues that she needs to deal with...these issues also include her children at times.
Overall, an interesting read.
*This book was provided for review Bookteria*
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Realms (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616388358

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