Missy Tippen’s book, A Family for Faith, is an emotion packed story about parents watching their kids grow up and letting go. It’s a story about taking second chances at love. I liked how Missy addressed the issues that sometimes come up with divorced couples and a child who clings more to one parent than the other. The interesting part here was instead of the child going toward the mother, Faith’s son had bonded more with his father during his teen years. I couldn’t help feel a pull for Faith, because knowing how it is to love your children so much, then have a separation form is tough. Moms and Dads still love their children even if they don’t see the child daily or if something has happened to put a wall between them. I found myself really rooting for Faith to find happiness.
Gabe’s daughter Chelsea was really cute and likable. The author portrayed this teen girl as fun and loving and trying to speed the growing up process. She tried to do things like her mom, and that made it hard since her mom had passed away several years before. Chelsea’s dad, Gabe, still held on to his wife’s memory. Gabe rang true for me in the way of character because he was an overprotective father, just trying to do right by his child. Add to the fact he was a police officer which increased his protectiveness. Gabe was a lovable hero and it really tugged at my heart strings that he still loved his deceased wife so much. You just wanted him to have a second chance!
The characters were deep, multi-faceted and were easy to bond with. That’s important for me when investing in a story. Missy did a great job in telling this story of these two families and of the romance between Gabe and Faith. I hope you’ll consider picking this book up. It’s been my favorite of all of Missy’s books!