The way it should be

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader


The way it should be


Christina Suzann Nelson


Bethany House

Publication date:





348 pages


Zara and Eve are identical twin sisters, estranged for ten years. Zara is recently married to Chad, a wonderful, strong Christian man. They are beginning what they hope will be a beautiful life on their farm with Zara starting her own company growing and selling such items as lavender plants, soaps, and loofah sponges.

Eve, on the other hand, is a drug addict with two small children, barely hanging on by a thread. When her boyfriend beats her to within an inch of her life, the children are put in foster care as a search for family begins. With much deliberation, Chad and Zara take their niece and nephew into their home, growing to love them so quickly despite the difficulties they present.

Tiff has lost her own teenage daughter to drug addiction and in an attempt to assuage some of the guilt she feels, is helping people on the street. Her marriage is very shaky but this dedication to addicts brings her in contact with Eve. And thus the lives of these three women intertwine.

Although the ending of this exceptional story doesn’t tie everything up perfectly, watch how God works in these lives and brings about some miraculous results.


5 out of 5

Suggested audience:

Fans of contemporary Christian fiction, especially the issue of drugs and foster parenting

Christian impact:

Many contemporary issues are covered within the realm of Christian life and how God can help us with our struggles and needs.


The Way It Should Be

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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