About Being Known
From the bestselling author of Becoming Us comes a novel that asks: What does it mean to be truly known? In a marriage, in a friendship, or by a loving God?
After her mom passed away, Jennalyn was in the midst of moving, adjusting to life with a new baby, and helping her husband, Joel, work toward his dream job. At the time, she thought she’d processed her mother’s death, but only now that Jennalyn has two small children, a lovely new home, and a husband who is always working does she feel the full impact of what she has lost.
Even among her sweet circle of friends, the Haven Makers, grief silently overwhelms Jennalyn, until an unexpected encounter allows her to express herself in ways she hasn’t fully been able to with her husband. Even though Christy, Sierra, Emily, and Tess provide a soft place to land in times of tension, Jennalyn remains guarded, especially when Tess reveals she is tangled emotionally in a relationship that was thorny from the start.
Will the two women open up and remain honest with the others in their Haven Makers group? Or will their hesitation to truly be known, faults and all, keep them from holding on to the friendships that have been the sweetest gift during this season of life?
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Oh, man, this was so good. I love Robin Jones Gunn’s works, and this book is no exception.
I read the first book in the Haven Makers series right before this one (amazing for me! Lol!), and loved that I didn’t have to wait to continue the story. I was surprised to see that it’s told from a different character’s point of view, but soon got used to it. Having read some of the Christy Miller books (and ironically just finishing one soon after this that fills in the gaps on a key minor character — don’t worry, no spoilers here!), I particularly enjoyed the little Easter eggs included that I would have missed otherwise. You totally don’t have to have read them first, it’s just an added bonus!
Gunn has such a peaceful way with words. I felt like this book welcomed me in, like a book version of a hug.
I can’t wait for more books in the series!
I received a copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
Robin Jones Gunn, bestselling author of more than one hundred books, is best known for the widely popular Christy Miller series for teens. Her award-winning Christian fiction for women includes the Glenbrooke and Sisterchicks® series, and her Father Christmas novels have been made into three Hallmark movies. Robin and her husband have two grown children and make their home in Hawaii.