There are a handful of authors that when their publisher is in to present new titles to me, I’m always
anxiously flipping through the catalog to see if there is a new book from them in it. Nicole Baart is one of those authors for me. I’ve been patiently waiting for Beneath the Night Tree to release. Although it’s not an official series, you really need to read her first two books, After the Leaves Fall and Summer Snow, to get the full story of Julia DeSmit. “I have to read two books before this one?!” you protest? Trust me… both are well worth the time!
As a book buyer, I’m always looking for authors whose writing is different from the other books we have on the shelves in our stores. I like getting fresh voices in front of our customers and urging them to give them a try. When I read Nicole for the first time a few years ago, it was seriously like a breath of fresh air in the midst of all the other Christian fiction I read. She has a beautiful way of writing that makes you want to curl up on the couch with her book and spend the day with Julia DeSmit and her hodgepodge family.
Julia’s story is realistic and relatable, something that I wish we had more of in Christian fiction. I don’t always want a whimsical, light-hearted read. Sometimes I crave something more, well, more like real life. I have struggles. I don’t always like the way life is unfolding. I sometimes even question God as to what He’s doing. So when I find an author who is willing to write novels that portray a life that I can relate to on some level, I immediately sit up and pay attention.
If you haven’t read any of her other books, I don’t want to give too much away about Beneath the Night Tree. It’s a great wrap up of the first two books and just as powerful of a story. We continue to see Julia struggling to raise her son and her younger brother as a single parent with the help of her beloved Grandmother. While her life is far from perfect, Julia is learning to be happy and see the many blessings in her life.
She begins to receive short emails from her son’s father and immediately realizes that her world is about to be turned upside down. Since she hasn’t heard from him in six years she has no idea if he even knows he is a father. With her carefully guarded world starting to become unraveled, her Grandmother continues to guide Julia to the only One who can help her make the life-altering decisions that she is faced with.
If you are looking for something a little different to read, I strongly recommend that you read Nicole Baart. Start with After the Leaves Fall and I know you’ll be hooked.