Elizabeth had all she wanted, as money was not an issue, however, she lacked what she needed the most, love. No fancy gift could fulfill her. No amount of lavish luxury could quench her heart's desire. Her father cared more about his social image than he did about her, his only daughter. Her mother, his submissive wife was no different and took his side no matter what.
Just when she discovered love buried into the depth of her first crush, Matthew, it was snatched away. He broke ties with her and the hurt still remained after years passed. Unwilling to forgive, Elizabeth held onto the bitterness, pushing away the God of creation she once loved.
Daniel, a charming lad with a cheeky Irish smile managed to lift her spirits. She loved him, she believed she did. Enough to marry him against the will of her parents. From the very beginning she doubted marrying him, but she wanted to prove to her parents that she was able to make her own decisions. Most importantly she would rather be with someone than to be lonely.
The wedding bliss faded with every drink Daniel took. At times she couldn't recognize the man she vowed to call husband until death. Alcohol was what he used to numb his pain both past and present. Each sip destroyed the fairy tale ideology she expected marriage to be. Doubts and insecurities surfaced and with a child on the way, Elizabeth most trust the guiding hands of God to restore what she has broken.
I enjoyed the authenticity of Lingering Shadows. It broke down the walls of perception and exposed readers to raw reality. We saw faith, marriage and families being tried by real life circumstances. This book is one in the series of three which means that Daniel and Elizabeth's story is far from over. Happy Reading!
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