Precious Love Series, Book 2
“I’m sorry, Mr. Williams, your son is in intensive care in Royal Brisbane. He’s in a coma after receiving a punch to the head…He was assaulted…I’d suggest you come straight away. Your son may not make it.”
A phone call no parent ever wants to receive is how Ben, Tessa, and Jayden’s stories begin in Forever Faithful. After all they have endured – all the heartache, all the triumphs – Ben and Tessa find themselves faced with the most difficult challenge of all. They could lose their son.
When Ben and Tessa get to Brisbane, they are faced with even more heartache. Tessa’s parents, Eleanor and Telford, live in Brisbane, so they will be watching Ben and Tessa’s daughters Naomi and Bella. However, Telford’s dementia has progressed to the point that he doesn’t know who Tessa is, much less Ben, Naomi, and Bella. How can they deal with so much heartache and uncertainty thrown at them all at once? The answer is simple: “God truly was their refuge and strength amidst all that life was throwing their way.”
No matter what Ben and Tessa face, they never take their eyes off God. They never lose their faith. Juliette Duncan reminds us that “Anything worth fighting for requires faith and trust, commitment and application, but along the journey God builds character.”
As I read Forever Faithful my heart ached. Just the thought of enduring the pain and challenges they faced brought tears to my eyes. At the same time, I found myself talking to God more often. Instead of being so quick to react to situations, I now find myself pausing and praying for guidance and strength to get through the struggles I face day to day.
I am so grateful for these books by Juliette Duncan and for the example of the characters in these books. I love the underlying theme and pray I can emulate the example given by Ben, Tessa, Jayden, and many other characters in this series about faith, love, forgiveness, and new beginnings.