Thrust into the chaos of her mother-in-law’s hoarding and forgetfulness, LDS church member Alyssa Johnston wishes she could retreat to a simpler time when her kids were small and almost anything could be fixed with a hug. But reassurance and a quick distraction no longer erase the pain of a missionary son who is struggling, a young teen who is bullied, or a daughter who is distant. As Aly’s own life and relationship with her husband plunge out of control, she wonders if her faith will be enough to keep her family—or herself—from falling apart.
Still Time is a deeply moving story about a woman’s faithful journey into the next phase of her life. You will laugh with Aly, feel her sorrow, and see yourself in Maria Hoagland’s realistic, heartfelt portrayal of a woman’s struggle to keep her family safe and hold back time as long as she can.
This book was not what I expected; it was so much more! Although my children are still very young, I was still able to relate to Alyssa and her everyday struggles. I loved watching how she and her family grew and developed throughout the story. I was honestly sad when the book ended, because I wanted more. I wanted to know what was next for each character.
The first time the chapter switched point of view, I was admittedly turned off by it. I was comfortable being inside Alyssa’s head. But as soon as I got used to hearing Ruth’s thoughts, it took the book to a whole new level! And now I realize the story would not be nearly as good without it. I thought Hoagland did a phenomenal job describing the confusion and frustration of being a woman with dementia and Alzheimer’s. The chapters told from her mother-in-law’s point of view were so emotional and raw, I truly felt for her! This book was emotional and powerful! A fantastic read for any LDS woman who is struggling with anything in her life. Oh wait, that’s all of us!
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