Annette Spratte is re-releasing her book, The Way of Life, today. I’ve read the full-length version of the book, and it is well worth the read. This version is slightly shorter, but it still has all the elements that draw you into the story and make you fall in love with Josie and Jim.
Here’s the blurb:
“You’d rather have me wonder what happened to you?” he asked.
“You can stop wondering if you want to,” she told him. “But you can’t stop knowing.”
Josie would rather bite off her tongue than tell Jim about her past. The past that made her spend a lot of time in clinics and therapy. The past that still gives her nightmares she wakes from screaming.
But then the past almost repeats itself.
Only this time, Jim is there to protect her – at a tremendous cost.
“Annette Spratte has a wonderful way of writing that is easy to read, but at the same time pulls you into the story until you feel as if you are a part of the book yourself.” -Helen Pryke, Author-
Here’s my review of the original book:
|Wow, this is a long book, but well worth the read! The author uses descriptive narrative incredibly well, so that the reader lives each character’s experiences with them and becomes deeply involved in their lives.
Josie has had a traumatic experience in her past, which still has an effect on her now but, despite this, she has a wonderfully bubbly personality and gets on well with people. She also has a deep empathy towards others who are suffering, which she uses subconsciously to help them.
Jim is a shy man who has always had problems connecting with people, his religious beliefs have kept him holding back until he finds the right woman. When he meets Josie, the two of them form a deep bond that goes beyond love. But Josie must overcome the traumatic events of her past in order to be able to form a future with Jim.
I loved this book, Annette Spratte has a wonderful way of writing that is easy to read, but at the same time pulls you into the story until you feel as if you are a part of the book yourself. It is a romance with Christian tones but don’t let that put you off as the story is so much more, it is a story of courage and hope that many women will be able to identify with.
Annette has also created an interview with Josie and Jim:
Welcome, you two! I’m so glad you could join me for this little interview. The story of your love is rather spectacular. Are you nervous about it being released to any number of people?
Jim coughs and blushes. Josie: A bit, yes. Of course it’s very personal. But I hope that it will encourage people who have gone through troubled times like I have. I want them to know that there is hope and it’s worth it to fight your way back and not let the bad things eat you up.
Jim, you don’t seem so comfortable.
Jim: No. But I agree with Josie. People might benefit.
It was something like love at first sight for the two of you. What were your thoughts about each other after you’d met?
Jim (big grin on his face): I just knew she’s the one. I can’t even tell you why, I just knew it. Josie (smiles at him): I wasn’t so sure at the start. I mean, I could feel he’s special, but I wasn’t ready to make a commitment. I didn’t even know if I wanted a relationship at that point. But he kept showing up and I kept wanting to see him and it was as if things were decided for me and there was nothing I could do about it. I guess he’s just irresistible.
There was a time, though, when things didn’t look so good between you.
(Strong reaction from both) Josie: Don’t remind me of that! Jim: It was awful. I felt like a zombie without her. Both simultaneously: I’m so glad that’s over! (Laughter)
Your friends and family had a lot to do with it, didn’t they?
Josie: I had never before met people like that. They are so supportive and loving. They just take you at face value and don’t judge you. Meeting them was like being wrapped in a warm blanket after being out in the cold for hours. Stacey is a friend for life, truly! And Jim’s dad is one in a million, too.
And yet you didn’t let them in on your relationship for a very long time. How come?
Jim: I wasn’t sure if it would hold up. My dad and my brother have always been nagging me about girls, which was a very sore spot. I wanted to be sure before telling them. It took a while. Josie: It was his choice. What surprised me, though, was that Lisa didn’t get wind of it. I still wonder how she could have missed it! Jim: Yeah, my sister isn’t very perceptive. She only sees what she believes. It can be trying at times.
She was really mad at you when she found out. How’s your relationship now?
Both look sad. Josie: She’s not really talking to either of us. I tried to make up with her, but it didn’t work. I really hope she’ll come around eventually. Jim: I’m just glad that she behaves herself at family meetings. It would be terrible on my parents if we had an open confrontation every time we met. But she’s putting on her best face to keep the family peace.
So, what are your plans for the future?
Josie: Uh, well… (blushes) Jim only grins.
Josie: No comment. Jim: Well, you know, I’d love to raise a family, but I suppose I’ll have to wait a bit. The lady isn’t convinced, yet. (The lady boxes his arm.)
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me! Anyone who would like to know more about this wonderful couple, check this link: