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LIKE ALWAYS
ROBERT ELMER
ISBN# (10): 1-4000-7165-8 / (13): 978-1-4000-7165-4
June 19, 2007
WaterBrook Press
12265 Oracle Boulevard, Suite 200, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80921
Paperback
$12.99 U.S./$15.99 Canada
320 Pages
Fiction/Christian/Inspirational
Rating: 4 Cups

Merit Sullivan is the loving wife of Will. As a devoted housewife and mother, she believes God will only give her as much as she can handle. She works part time with kids with special needs.

Will Sullivan is the dutiful husband who will do just about anything for his wife and family, even investing in a resort to give them a new start.

Airman First Class Michael Sullivan has been stationed in Iraq but is returning home.

Merit and Will, along with their daughters, Olivia and Abby, are ecstatic when they learn that Michael is returning home. It has been hard on all of them. Of late his letters have even been few, brief and to the point. When he arrives home he seems a bit distant. He and his girlfriend, Jessica, are no longer an item. She thought of it as too many years waiting for him to return, so what better way to give him the Dear John dump. Merit and Will are considering making a change in their life. They want to invest in a resort on Lake Pend Oreille, Kokanee Cove in Idaho and hope the children will understand. Their family is strong in prayer, and devoted to God, but sometimes even the strong have a weakness and seek God to answer questions as to many things, especially the war and life, in general. While the family eagerly reunites with Michael’s visit, Will expresses how moving from California to Idaho, to renovate a run down resort, are his and Merit’s life long dream. Then a stone is cast in their direction when Merit, at forty-five learns she is pregnant. Things become more complicated when the family must come together even stronger when issues arise that will see how powerful their faith can hold up.

Like Always revolves around a strong inspirational family that has seen its ups and downs, some good, some not so good, as each with their own personality, seek to find their own purpose in life. This family will stop at nothing to come to each others aid, to even share in pain and sorrow. Robert Elmer paints a lovely family that reminds me of the Norman Rockwell paintings. True families that stand behind each other have backbones, but underneath their strong structure, they still suffer just like anyone else with issues that touch upon the heart. He shows their true faith, and how they get their strength by believing in God. I was so consumed in this family that it was hard for me to put the book down. I shared in Michael’s own silent pain as he left Iraq to return home to restart his own life. This is a heart-tugging story that is brilliant by far.

Cherokee
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