Born of wealth and privilege, Elizabeth Walton-Smythe’s future should have been set in stone. The headstrong teacher and her minister beau should have been married. That was the plan, as far as Lizzy was concerned. But, that wasn’t to be, and one fateful encounter with a roguish Irishman quickly alters Lizzy’s future and sends her heart and her life into a tailspin. Marriage shouldn’t have been an option, but in her haste to rebel and escape, it soon became her reality. Now, she’s faced with a new, different kind of fateful decision. One which will test her faith and her resolve.
“The author has tackled some very serious issues of alcoholism, marriage and abuse and written a story that is in someways hard to read yet is so compelling that I couldn’t put it down. The story also shows that there is hope and redemption through God’s love and forgiveness and that He is working in lives even during the most trying of circumstances.”
“This novel has the potential to reach and speak to women of faith who suffer in similar circumstances….a heavy responsibility for the author.”
Lizzy’s heart aches for Daniel, who has yet to conquer his demons. As his downward spiral continues, Lizzy struggles to maintain her resolve and forage ahead on her own.
With so much working against her, the reality of having to return home to the manor only enhances her sorrows. Lizzy knows the only way to win back control over all that haunts her is to face that which she has avoided for far too long, even if that means unearthing the truth behind her breakup with the minister, Mathew Carter.
In order to continue her quest to move forward, Lizzy will have to draw strength from God and his healing touch, but only if her heart is ready to accept all that entails.
“This author addresses issues which could so easily be used for shock value, but, instead, flawlessly presents with realistic, yet tasteful descriptions and dialogue. This is true Christian based fiction with substance.”
“Reads like a true story showing even Christans struggle, but shows how faith can get you through the difficult times, the importance of believing in marriage, the power of prayer and how accepting Christ can change your life.”
Lizzy and Daniel have settled nicely into their new life in the Lake District. Daniel is growing in his Christian faith and Lizzy couldn’t be more delighted. Life is wonderful for the young couple until Daniel receives devastating news that may lead to his undoing and challenge his sobriety. With temptation testing him, Daniel will have to draw on God’s strength and his family’s support to resist it or live with the fact that he’s not only failed himself but failed God.
Lizzie and Daniel are put to the test. Can they withstand the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges they’ll face as they return to Ireland and face Daniel’s past?
Is their love and their faith strong enough to pull them through or will the pressure tear them apart?
“Beyond the Shadows shows real people living through struggles and gaining victories. Don’t miss this series.”
“There is something extremely amazing that happens within a story when an author can capture the true meaning of what it means to surrender your cares to the Lord. The struggle that Daniel has to endure with unforgiveness was one that we can all relate to.”
Author note: Many years ago I was married to an alcoholic. During those years I grew closer to God as I had to deal with, amongst other things, disappointment, frustration, heart-ache and despair. When I set out to write this series, I drew on my own personal experience as I not only wanted to create a contemporary Christian romance, I wanted to a create a story line that would touch reader’s hearts and draw them closer to God.