About The Book
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.
Kathryn Cushman and Lauren Beccue joined forces to write a poignant, inspirational and encouraging story.
Stretching from LA to Rhode Island, The Plans We Made places you on a roller coaster of thoughts and emotions certain to leave an indelible impression on you. I was scarcely prepared for the ride.
Linda Riley’s life in Rhode Island begins to fall apart when her oldest son is diagnosed with cancer. During the approximate time frame, Caroline Chapman’s life in LA begins to crumble when she and her fiancé split up, and right on the heels of the breakup she gets an offer for a job in Rhode Island.
I did not see, nor could I have guessed, how these two women’s lives would intersect. The authors did an extraordinary job of setting up the story, tugging at your emotions along the way. The novel is written in a realistic, true-to-life and authentic way. As I read, I could imagine each person’s thoughts, reactions and emotions, and I became genuinely invested in each one.
The Plans We Made is not a book to be read quickly, but instead is one to read, savor and appreciate. As you are reading, the underlying story demonstrates the need all humans have for love, forgiveness and acceptance. The interactions between the parents and children were touching and sometimes very funny. The Biblical references were on point and not too “preachy,” while still making their point.
I’m looking forward to reading other books by Kathryn Cushman and Lauren Beccue, both those co-authored together and those each have written alone.
I received The Plans We Made from I Read with Audra Blog Tours. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.
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.
Author’s Giveaway with Purchase
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
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.)