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Need You Now

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  599 Ratings  ·  119 Reviews
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 the
Paperback, 312 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Thomas Nelson Publishers (first published January 1st 2012)
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May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing

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 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 28, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Elaine Littau
Mar 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Raya Whitehouse
Apr 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous! A must read!
Rachel Brand

PROS: Approaches difficult issues respectfully and realistically; relatable characters

CONS: Some storylines and characters could have been developed further; one character took an unpleasant turn

For Darlene Henderson, life in Round Top, Texas feels much more safe and secure than it did in Houston. Her teenage son has been removed from the rough crowd he was spending time with in th
Annette Moore
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I love Beth Wiseman's Amish fiction, but her other novels are just as great, in my opinion--and Need You Now is no exception. I love how she handled the true-to-life situations presented in this book. I like how she showed that even Christian families have their problems, and how vital it is to rely on God when things are great and when things are not so great. what I got from reading this book is how important it is to truly appreciate those whom God puts in your lif ...more
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
There was a lot to take away from this story. I had a hard time with some of the characters choices along the way but that is life right. The resolution happens as they embrace their feelings and talk to each other.
It shows how you can't judge a person by their outward appearance, it is what is inside that counts.
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Themes from every day, current problems. Great read and good writing.
Patricia Marvin Hilfiker
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First non amish book I have read by Beth Wiseman. I really enjoyed the book.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was just okay. Not my favorite.
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
A good read on families coming together and overcoming issues that easily tear a family apart.
Oct 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marriage can be so hard especially when communication is hindered. The characters were well developed and true-to-life. Well worth the time.
Lisa Johnson
Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Title: Need You Now
Author: Beth Wiseman
Pages: 312
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Note: I received a complimentary copy from B & B Media for this review. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo...
Wow what a story! It is not all too unusual for a novel to share aspects of historical fact or a person’s life within the pages of a book. This new book by Beth Wiseman is not based on real people per se, but on an activity that is very real and experienced by
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.

Apr 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Sid Frost
May 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Brad and Darlene Henderson, with their three teenaged children, Chad, Grace and Ansley, recently moved to the small town of Round Top, TX from Houston. Brad commutes daily for his job and Darlene is a stay at home Mom who decides she'd like to find a job outside the home for the first time in her married life. She gets hired by a small special needs school.

Brad and Darlene have a very good marriage, couldn't be happier, and now they are living in her grandparents old farm house and have plans to
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
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes fiction, especially Christian Fiction
Brad and Darlene Henderson move with their three teenagers to the country from Houston. They believe this will be a new start for all of them. Adjusting is difficult for Chad, Grace and Ansley, but “good girl” Grace is having the hardest time and hides her secret coping mechanism.

Brad commutes to work in Houston, praying and hoping for partnership in the CPA firm where he’s worked for a while. He wants to give Darlene all that she has hoped for with improvements at home. Darlene misses her frie
Renn Shearin
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if you felt your child was in danger?

After their son Chad made some poor choices, Brad and Darlene Henderson made the the tough decision to move their family from Houston to the small town of Round Top, Texas. Chad and his sisters, Ansley and Grace, each had their own difficulties with the move, especially Grace. While the pace is much slower, the challenges are still there, just in a different form.

Need You Now takes you through the struggles of a family who faces challenges
Apr 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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!

The Henders
Patricia Kemp Blackmon
Mar 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Guess what? This is not an Amish Fiction it is Beth's first Contemporary Fiction and it is outstanding!

The story is about a average family which seems to be running so smoothly that stay at on mom,Darlene thinks it is time for her to step out of that role and take a job as teacher's aide for special needs students. Her husband, Brad wants her to be happy and doesn't seem to have a problem with her working, until the kids start rocking the boat. They have three children and the middle daughter,
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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