Children reared by godly parents learn early in life that every “good and perfect gift” of life comes from a loving Heavenly Father. Those children also learn that life will not always treat them well, but that there is always comfort in prayer, Scripture and the knowledge that their Father is in control.
These are the principles that Gabby’s mother and father, living in Northern California, have instilled in this preacher’s kid. So when Dee Dee, Gabby’s best friend since childhood, decides at age thirty-eight that she wants to have a baby, faith strengthens Gabby as she prepares to hold Dee Dee’s hand through the journey.
Dee Dee and Gabby are married to their college sweethearts, Jonathan and Sonny, who are business partners and best friends. The daily tasks of charting, medicating and tracking every point of the day can quickly take the romance out of life, but Jonathan and Dee Dee continue to seek a positive result. Even low sperm counts and infertility clinics cannot deter them from their desire to have a child.
As Gabby travels this road with them, she is often comforted by scriptures she learned as a child coming back to her in moments of anxiety, despair and confusion. When Dee Dee has trouble recognizing old friends or remembering events, all those around her observe it but credit it to the stress of a 40-year-old woman in the midst of a first pregnancy. The birth of baby Angelique should complete this story of good and perfect gifts, but there is so much more to tell.
Author Sharon K. Souza in her first novel deals genuinely with infertility, friendship, faith, divorce, widowhood and – yes - early onset Alzheimer’s. She gives us two strong, powerful women to cheer for in a story that will forever haunt your heart.