Beneath the Night Tree.

Author:Charpentier, Julia Ann
Position:Book review

Nicole Baart (author); BENEATH THE NIGHT TREE; Tyndale House (Fiction: Religious) $12.99 ISBN: 9781414323237

Byline: Julia Ann Charpentier

Clandestine interludes and secret babies fill the pages of fiction and grace countless lives. Though the reality of an unplanned pregnancy cannot be easily romanticized, gifted writers have at times depicted its complicated ramifications with sensitivity. And while getting pregnant in a parking lot may not be the best way to start a life, spontaneous actions sometimes bring positive results, as they do in Beneath the Night Tree.

Nicole Baart aptly captures the heart and mind of an impulsive young woman who embarks on single motherhood. In a nontraditional family that's miraculously functional, Julia Desmit is raising her son and younger brother under the same roof along with her grandmother. Engaged to Michael Vermeer, a lover she perceives as the "man of her dreams," she's happy and looking forward to the future. Then an unanticipated email from her son's biological dad changes her plans and throws off her equilibrium. Julia hasn't seen Parker in years, but she answers his question honestly when he asks whether he fathered her child, and from the moment she agrees to let him meet his son, she never sees her world in the same light.

Beneath the Night Tree is a poignant glimpse of a woman's past merging with her future. Filled with poetic symbolism and lush description, Baart's work vividly portrays an individual at a crossroads, faced with circumstances that force her to examine...

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