In anticipation of Robin Jones Gunn’s newest book, I’ve been re-reading the entire Christy Miller series over the past month. I enjoyed catching up with some old friends and even found a few books (Katie Weldon series) I had somehow missed. I grew up with Christy, Todd, Katie, Rick, Doug, and Tracy and they all show up in Forever with You.
Christy and Todd have now been married for a year and a half and they are being severely tested as individuals and as a couple. Christy has some news to share with Todd, but his news shakes her to her core. Their forever friends, Christy’s circle of sanity, are no longer close and the couple now has to navigate adulthood together. Will the two of them be able to come out the other side of their dark place with a stronger faith and greater love, or will all of their dreams lie shattered?
I read this book in one sitting, staying up way too late on a work night to finish it, but I could not put it down. Christy and Todd are better versions of their teenage selves, and I still felt a kinship with them. It’s nice to read a book about what happens after marriage. So many books today end at the engagement or the wedding, but most people know that marriage is hard (even those of us who aren’t married). Couples have to communicate, encourage each other, and support each other during difficult times. That’s exactly why Christy and Todd have always been so real to Gunn’s readers.
I guess I have a few months to recover before book two comes out. It’s a good thing I’ve got Todd’s dad’s story to keep me company.