Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sometimes a Light Surprises

Sometimes a Light Surprises
Written by Jamie Langston Turner
Published at Bethany House
About the book
He had drawn the curtains tightly around his soul...could he trust that glimmer of hope quietly beckoning to him?

Ben Buckley has never gotten over the loss of his wife. More bewildering than the mystery surrounding her death is the radical change that occurred in her shortly beforehand--a "conversion," she had called it. Baffled, angry, and still feeling guilty for the way he'd withdrawn from her during those final weeks, Ben now lives behind the protective walls of severed relationships and rigid routines.

An unlikely young woman knocks on the door of his narrow world. Her simple honesty and childlike faith are incomprehensible to him, but in spite of his misgivings Ben finds himself on a journey he never would have begun on his own.

Who is Jamie Langston Turner?
Jamie Langston Turner, author of six novels and winner of a Christy Award, has been a teacher for more than thirty years. Currently a professor of creative writing and poetry at Bob Jones University, she lives with her husband in Greenville, South Carolina. Visit

My Thoughts
It took me some time to read this book because there was so much going on in it. Not only do you follow the main character but you also follow him through his work, his family and his relationships with his employees. You also follow other important characters and their world. I’m thinking of his secretary and her relationship with her son as well as her obsession with murder and mysteries movies or books. There is also the new floor designer of the store who stands up for her faith and touches all the people around her.

The author has included lots of details in this novel and her writing is smooth. The reading goes on flowing easily in your head and imagination takes place with the description the author provides. You can easily visualize the Bazaar, the strain of the relationships, the house of the Kovatchs, the ups and downs of life. I feel for Ben and how the sudden death of his wife has broken him and the relationship he should have had with his children. But time heals… it could take a year or 15 years but eventually there is a breakthrough, a light at the end of a tunnel. No matter what are our circumstances, we should not lose hope. God works in us and around us even if we don’t see it immediately.

The way the author finishes her book, it makes me wonder if there will be a sequel to it. Throughout the book we follow the characters for about 10 months and already healing is taking place, hope is brought to many of them and it makes you wanting for more. I sure hope to found these characters in a sequel and discover what will happen in the future for them.
I enjoyed reading Sometimes A Light Surprises and highly recommend it to everyone who want to see a speckle of hope.

Sometimes a Light Surprises is available everywhere even at and
I want to thank Bethany House for the opportunity of reviewing this book. I have not received any compensation to do it.

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