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"Two Weeks" by Karen Kingsbury (Howard Books, 384 pages, in stores)

Three families, one girl and a miracle. “Two Weeks” by Karen Kingsbury is a story of faith, love and life changing decisions.

Elise has moved to Bloomington to get away from her old life and focus on getting into New York University. On her first day at her new school she meets Cole Baxter, who quickly falls in love with her. When Elise discovers she is pregnant with her ex-boyfriend’s child, Cole wants nothing more than to be there for her. Even if it means putting his own future on hold.

Aaron and Lucy Williams have been trying to have a child for 10 years. Aaron is a man with powerful faith in God, and Lucy is struggling with God’s plan for her to the point where her belief is shaken.

When Elise decides to put her baby up for adoption, she is instantly drawn to the Williams' profile and chooses them to be the parents. During the process, Elise and the Williams learn that once the child is born the teenager has two weeks to decide if she wants to keep the baby or allow the Williams to adopt. As time passes Elise becomes conflicted about what to do.

Kingsbury does a fantastic job with this novel. It is one of several books in The Baxter Family series, but it can be read as a standalone. The author wrote a moving tale of Christian families who are struggling with heartbreak, the future, teenage pregnancy and their faith. She did a great job of tying separate families together and showing how difficult it is for Elise to make her ultimate decision.

One couple I wish were in the book a bit more are Theo and Alma Brown. They are a big part of the story, but they seemed like side characters compared to the Williams and Elise and Cole.

As a Christian I really enjoyed this book, because Kingsbury put God and His plan as the focus for these characters. “Two Weeks” is the first book I have read by Kingsbury, but it will not be the last.

Overall, it is a great novel, and anyone who is a believer will enjoy it. It is a page turner with realistic characters who all have moving stories.

— Rachel McLemore, for The Oklahoman

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