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4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  445 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
Look for Beth Wiseman s newest book "The House That Love Built," on sale 4/2/2013!

When big-city life threatens the safety of one of their children, Brad and Darlene Henderson move with their three teenagers from Houston to the tiny town of Round Top, Texas.

Adjusting to small-town life is difficult for the kids, especially fifteen-year-old Grace who is coping in a dangerous
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
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May 02, 2012 Vernie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

From City Life to Country Life---it is a big change for Darlene and Brad Henderson much more for their three teenage children.

It is not just adjusting to a new way of life that Darlene the central character of the story is going to face. A crisis will test her faith and married life is not such blissful as she hopes to be.

Beth Wiseman is a gifted storyteller.


I cannot put this book down after reading a few chapters. It is the kind of book good for a summer read over a cup of coffee in the mor
Paula  Phillips
Mar 30, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most commonly known for her Amish fiction ,author Beth Wiseman has decided to take a go at writing contemporary fiction or what I personally would put under the category of Edgy Christian Fiction. I have to admit that I didn't know what I was really in for until I started reading it and as the storyline went along , it well was amazing. I have always been a fan of Edgy Content . so I loved the way Beth Wiseman captured the essence of the different issues in Need You Now. I think for me the theme ...more
Apr 23, 2012 Renee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars
***Special thanks to Rick Roberson, The B&B Media Group, for sending me a review copy.***
Beth Wiseman is widely known in the Christian fiction market and beyond for her amazing Amish fiction and now with this book, Need You Now, I have the feeling that she will gain notoriety with even more readers. I'm not usually one for fiction without romance but this book really grabbed me, so much so that I read it straight through in a day. Need You Know is not just a book about marriage but fa
May 01, 2012 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a reader of Beth Wiseman books I realized with this book that Beth has found her niche. You could feel the passion in her writing, I enjoyed this book much more than I have her other books. Contemporary fiction becomes Beth very well.

I enjoyed this book, and I know that for some that are ultra conservative (which I too am) that there were scenes in the book that won't sit well, the hint of infidelity, the lack of communication, etc. However I felt that Beth took what too often happens in rea
I have been a fan of Beth Wiseman's books since the very beginning. Her Amish novels have this irresistible quality about them. I start one, and before I know it, three hours have passed and I've devoured one! Because she hasn't disappointed me yet, I've been anxious to see how she'll make the transition into the contemporary genre.

For the most part, I enjoyed it. The overall tone had some of the simplistic styling that I'm accustomed to reading in Beth's Amish novels. But to counteract that sim
Elaine Littau
Mar 31, 2012 Elaine Littau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: modern-fiction

Beth Wiseman is mostly known as a best selling author of Amish Fiction. In her new book, Need You Now, she tackles life in a small Texas town located a little over an hour away from Houston. The family dynamic is believable to the reader. Darlene and Brad are parents of three children ranging in age from twelve to seventeen.

I appreciate that the author brings out difficult situations like raising and caring for a special needs child and balancing that care with looking out for teens and their i
Apr 26, 2012 Faye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A heart-touching, emotionally moving story of family.

I've read every single one of Beth Wiseman's Amish stories and have not been able to put them down, this contemporary novel is no different. From the very beginning we are introduced to a typical American family, every member is complex, and has their own hidden struggles.

I think the character that touched my heart most was Grace, because I have known people who struggled with the same things she struggled with. And I totally agree, great fri
Raya Whitehouse
Apr 06, 2012 Raya Whitehouse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: booksneeze

Great book about a family who moved from the city into the home of (the mom's, Darlene) late grandparents. She meets up with her next door neighbor, Layla, (who helps her kill a snake in her bedroom) and is a formal movie star with some problems of her own and who doesn't believe in god. The mom has a need for independence and wants to get a job. She gets one at a school for special kids. At the school she does afternoon one on one sessions with a special girl named Cara. Cara's dad is named Dav
Maureen Timerman
Apr 14, 2012 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I started reading this page turning book as Part One...and true to two part books it left you on a cliff hanger. Had to know the rest of the story...and a good story it was.
This book has it all, the great love of a family for each other..."Who do you love?". Also so not so typical teenage difficult problems, when Grace their middle child starts coping in a dangerous way.
This book also deals with marriage problems, even where there shouldn't be any. Also enjoyed how dealing with "special" childre
Aug 31, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous! A must read!
Jan 19, 2016 Mandy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A contemporary Christian drama based in a rural part of Texas. This book tells the story of Darlene, her husband Brad, and their three kids after they have moved from Houston to the small town of Round Top. Hoping to get their son away from some bad influences, they soon find out that there are other issues in their new setting. I appreciated how well developed the main characters were. I liked that the point of view sometimes changed so you could hear the thoughts of different characters and ge ...more
Wendy Hines
Jul 07, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Need You Now is a contemporary work that most can relate to in their lives at some point. The characters are well-developed and the issues real. Darlene, mother of three, struggles with raising her teens. As a mother of teenagers myself, I can certainly relate. Is the issue a result of my parenting? Where did it all go wrong? You only want the best for your children and will do anything to ensure their happiness and security.

When Darlene takes a job for the first time in her marriage, outside o
Apr 20, 2012 Mary rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A family coping with everyday struggles is the gist of Need You Now. A stay at home mom, a dad working his way to partnership, and three children who are not perfect describes this religious family.

The story begins with the family’s move from the city of Houston, TX to out in country in an effort to improve their life. Their son, Chad, was in trouble, and they thought leaving the city would be a fresh start.

Chad improves, but their daughter, Gracie, develops major life threatening problems, bro
Best known for her Amish fiction, Beth Wiseman ventures into a relevant contemporary novel that will touch your heart.
Brad and Darlene, high school sweethearts have been married for over 15 years, and raising 3 kids. The big city Texas life is starting to interfere in the way they want to raise their children so they move to 1.5 hours away to Darlene’s Grandparents house in the country. It is need of much work, but the changes for the kids is necessary. Oldest son Chad was running with the wron
Sep 18, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brad and Darlene Henderson move with their three (Chad, Grace, and Ansley) teenagers from Houston to the tiny town of Round Top, Texas. The children are not coping well, but Grace is having the hardest time of all. Her coping mechanism is to cut herself. Darlene gets a job for the first time since she's been married, working with special needs children. One thing leads to another, Darlene and Brad are having problems at home and the single father of one of the students Darlene is working with is ...more
Lenore Webb
Apr 25, 2012 Lenore Webb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This morning I laid out a blanket under a big ol oak tree so I could read in the shade. Of course the dogs ran all around barking but they finally decided that I had the right idea and curled up under the tree too. And I escaped into my book.

Now this time I did not go far at all. You see Beth Wiseman wrote Need You Now and the setting is right here in my own backyard of Texas. I was able to really understand how it was in the story for it mirrored some of my own experiences. In the story they m
Apr 24, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: To the outside world, Darlene's life looks picturesque. Her husband should make partner at a law firm in Houston, the family just moved to a small town, her son is doing better now that they are away from the city, and Darlene has even started working with special needs kids. What lies behind the facade of perfectness may destroy Darlene's life.

My Thoughts: This is the first book I've read by Beth Wiseman. I found the beginning to be pretty slow and a little unfocused....too many story
Apr 24, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After Chad gets into the wrong crowd in high school in Houston, Brad and Darlene Henderson make the decision to move the family to Round Top, TX, to her grandparents’ old homestead. Life starts out with a bang on the first day with a visitor from the snake world, sending Darlene into frenzy.

Brad and Darlene’s marriage seems to have the normal ups and downs, but their deep love and faith have always kept them going. All three children seem to be adjusting to the move on the outside, but brewing o
K. L.
Apr 03, 2012 K. L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Beth Wiseman, known for her best-selling Amish genre fiction, is applying her storytelling skills to contemporary fiction with admirable results. The popular author writes fearlessly with the stresses and struggles that are an inevitable part of a marriage and raising children. She doesn't shy away from letting the characters in this book face some problems and challenges. I think many readers will be able to relate to this book, and be comforted by the fact that they are not the only ones who
Apr 23, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author: Beth Wiseman
Publsiher: Thomas Nelson
May 2012
ISBN: 978-1-59554-887-0
Genre: Inspirational/contemporary women’s fiction

Darlene Henderson’s life is practically perfect. She has an adoring husband who is soon to be named partner at an accounting firm in Houston, and the family has bought out the farm that used to belong to her grandparents. Her three children are all wonderful behaved. The only child to give her any trouble had been Chad, but he had seemed to be better sinc
Sid Frost
May 01, 2012 Sid Frost rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Brad and Darlene Henderson and their three teenaged children, Chad, Grace, and Ansley. After Chad, their oldest, experiences alcohol and possibly drug problems in high school, the family moves from Houston to the small rural town of Round Top, Texas. Brad, a CPA bucking for partner, continues his job in Houston and the long commute keeps him away from the family more than before. Brad and Darlene are both strong Christians and are raising their children to be also. Darlene m ...more
Renn Shearin
Jun 11, 2012 Renn Shearin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When big-city life threatens the safety of one of their children, Brad and Darlene Henderson move with their three teenagers from Houston to the tiny town of Round Top, Texas.

Adjusting to small-town life is difficult for the kids, especially fifteen-year-old Grace who is coping in a dangerous way.

Married life hasn’t always been bliss, but their strong faith has carried Brad and Darlene through the difficult times. When Darlene takes a job outside the home for the first time in their marriage, th
Karen & Gerard
May 14, 2012 Karen & Gerard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Need You Now by Beth Wiseman was written to help struggling families. Brad and Darlene moved to the country to get their teenage son, Chad, away from the bad influence of his city friends. When Darlene befriends her neighbor, Layla, a divorced woman who is bitter at God for letting her daughter die, through her friendship Layla returns to faith in God while Darlene’s falters. Brad’s and Darlene’s happy Christian family runs into a crisis when they discover their oldest daughter, Grace, cutting h ...more
Bluerose's  Heart
4.5 stars

Beth Wiseman has gained a great reputation in the Amish book world. Need You Now is her first publication outside of the Amish genre, and it was also my fist time to read her works.

This book took me completely by surprise! If you're looking for a light read, don't pick up this one! It deals with hard topics such as adultery, cutting, drinking, autism, and death. I wasn't expecting a light read when I picked it up, but Beth just blew me away with all the difficult subjects she packed int
May 15, 2012 Tonya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
One word, busy. Most of the time there is one big climax, but there are many things happening with Darlene and Brad. They move to the small town of Round Top TX from Houston TX. Brad still commutes to Houston but they moved into Darlene's grandparents farmhouse, wanting to fix it up. They thought it would be good for them and their kids, especially Chad who had gotten into some trouble in Houston. Their middle daughter Grace is a perfect daughter. The youngest has had some challenges so the move ...more
I really enjoyed this book, it was hard at first to know I was reading a Beth Wiseman book since it wasn’t her usual Amish fiction, but this is a well done book. This book deals with an issue I dealt with in high school – cutting – it’s not easily understood and most don’t want to talk about it, however cutting is on the rise mainly among teenage girls. I did feel some of the issues were rushed and everything was tidily wrapped up – a few counseling sessions and Grace was ‘making progress’ and a ...more
Trinity Rose
Need You Now by Beth Wiseman is an O.K. book. I know most people really love it, but it’s just not something I would read again.
I like the setting of the story. It is a small town in Texas and the family of five go from big city life to the country and live next door to a famous movie star.
The family believes in God and loves Him, but when things get difficult they seem to pull away from Him. That also happened to the neighbor. I know that doesn’t or shouldn’t happen in life. When things go w
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
It seems like at some point in our lives, we'll blame God for something that hasn't gone right in our lives. Perhaps it's the death of a child we didn't seem coming, or trouble with finances or an affair within our marriage. Yet often times God will place someone in our path when we struggle with the answers why to help us deal with this situation in ways they can verbalize and help us understand when God's ways can seem to overwhelming to comprehend.

In Need You Now by Beth Wiseman, The Henderso
Jun 13, 2012 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was reading through Need You Now on my kindle a couple of days ago, and the read-out said 80% finished. As I finished a pivotal chapter, I read the words "End of Part 1!" There was nothing else; I was horrified because at this point I was involved in the book and couldn't believe that I didn't have the end! Thankfully, I checked my net-galley account and found that I had 2 copies so I downloaded the second one, and it was a full edition! Happily, I finished the book that very night!

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Bonnie (Words at Home Blog)
Review originally posted to Words at Home June 20, 2012:

I have read Beth Wiseman before but only ever her Amish Fiction novels (and it is no secret that Amish Fiction is my ‘guilty pleasure’ genre!) so I was extremely excited to see that she had just written a contemporary Christian fiction novel. I had no idea what to expect from this novel and I was met with an intense family drama that was so full of emotion I had a difficult time putting it down.

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