After two years of serving as a missionary in a remote area of South America, Daria Camfield has returned to the States to mourn her husband, reportedly killed while providing medical aid to a neighbouring Colombian village.
At first, Daira finds comfort only in the daughter born to her after nate’s tragic death. As she begins to heal, she also finds a listening ear and a tender heart in her new boss, veterinarian Colson Hunter. Determined to move forward with life, Daria ignores the still small voice calling her to wait and accepts Cole’s marriage proposal. But after the wedding, Daria’s new dream life turns into a nightmare following the arrival of an unbelievable telegram: “Nathan Camfield found alive. Flying into K.C. Int’l via Bogota…”
Now, two men have the right to her daughter, her life, and her love. Will Daria return to her beloved first husband, abandoning Cole? Or will she reject Nate and choose the only man her daughter has ever called “Daddy” – a man she has come to cherish with all her heart?
What I thought:
Deborah Raney’s writing talent shines brilliantly in ‘Beneath the Southern Sky’. It is a deeply moving story of tragic proportions that is gently unfolded with tenderness and great skill.
Daria is a character I immediately identified with. My own ‘missionary kid’ experiences came flooding back as Deborah describes Daria and Nate’s life in Colombia. I was once again in my own tropical-jungle childhood. I felt Daria’s grief and smiled as she begins to heal. But oh the tragedy to come! Despite my own personal conflict, I was impressed with the way Deborah handled the outcome of the two marriage relationships that Daria must resolve into a workable life. The outcome was entirely reasonable and sensitively handled. And yet I still find myself oscillating between the moral obligations Daria faces, pertaining to both men.
Daria’s story is a very clear reminder of the importance of seeking God and awaiting His direction and guidance for our lives. It also highlights the devastation that can come from running on ahead of God.
With thanks to Waterbrook Press for Tracy’s review copy
Guest reviewer: My friend Tracy from Beyond My Picket Fence
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