About the Book
Title: The Plans We Made
Author: Kathryn Cushman & Lauren Beccue
Genre: Christian, Contemporary Fiction
When past secrets hold the only key to hope for the future…
Caroline Chapman is reeling from a broken engagement. Determined to start again, she moves cross-country for her dream job of planning events in the historical mansions of Newport, Rhode Island. Just as her life is getting back on track, she gets an email that shakes her very foundations.
Linda Riley’s life looks picture perfect – a wonderful husband, two great kids, involved in church and the community. Then comes the diagnosis that shatters the facade. In order to save her son’s life, she must reveal secrets that can rip everything apart.
Connected by more than painful circumstances, these two women discover a sacred bond. In this beautiful story of love, loss, and the fight for life, Caroline and Linda experience the reality that life doesn’t always go according to The Plans We Made.
The Plans We Made; I pick up this book primarily for the name not going to lie. I had never read a book by either of the authors and quite honestly, I tend to stay away from books dealing with cancer as it hits a little to close to home. But I felt like I was supposed to read this book.
The Plans We Made starts out with two separate stories that eventually merge to form a compelling story of honesty, love, and second chances. I think the authors really tried to convey the title of the book throughout the story, always coming back to the plans we make are not always what God knows is supposed to happen in our lives. The plot was slow at first as you are introduced to both stories, which I liked as I got to understand the stories individually without getting names confused. By the end of the story, I was wishing the pace would slow down as I did not want the story to end!
The characters in this book were a wide range of personalities that all seemed to fit together like a puzzle. The more you add the better picture you have. I thought both Caroline and Linda, the main characters, were well laid out and very engaging and realistic with their actions and words.
From this story’s delicate yet real handling of the circumstances surrounding cancer to the struggle of doing what is right even at the cost of your job. I sincerely enjoyed this book and give it 4 out of 5 stars, as I did have a little trouble with Caroline’s actions at almost the end of the book as they didn’t seem to line up with her personality from the rest of the book. I definitely recommend reading this book if you like Karen Kingsbury, T.I. Lowe, or Denise Hunter.
*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feed back. The thoughts and opinions expressed within are my own.
About the Authors
Kathryn Cushman graduated with a degree in pharmacy from Samford University. After hanging up her lab coat, she shifted her focus toward writing. Her previous works have received multiple nominations for both the Carol Award and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. The Plans We Made is her tenth published novel.
Lauren Beccue graduated from Holy Cross with a BA in English and now lives with her family in Santa Barbara. She writes about faith and family, with an emphasis on agricultural passages of the Bible. This is her first novel.
MAKE YOUR PLANS IN PENCIL!
Now, go buy your copy of The Plans We Made online or at a local bookstore, then be sure to head to Lauren’s website to claim your bonus freebie!
THREE CUSTOM PENCILS:
- Make Your Plans in Pencil
- The Plans We Made
- Proverbs 19:21
Just contact Lauren with your name, address, and where you purchased the book, and she’ll send you a set. That’s it! (US only and get ’em while they last.)