Item description for Beyond The Night by Marlo Schalesky...
Overview Best friends Maddie and Paul are drawn together by God's creative plan and driven apart by fear of the unknown, but, one night, everything changes as Maddie lies unconscious in a hospital bed, hovering between life and death. Original.
Publishers Description They say love is blind. This time they're right... As a woman lies unconscious in a hospital bed, her husband waits beside her, urging her to wake up and come home. Between them lies an ocean of fear and the tenuous grip of memories long past. Memories of wonder. Of love. Memories of a girl named Madison and a boy named Paul... Madison Foster knew she was going blind. But she didn't want pity-not from her mother, not from her roommate, and especially not from her best friend Paul-the man she secretly loved. Paul Tilden knew a good thing when he saw it. And a good thing was his friendship with Maddie Foster. That is, until he started to fall in love. With the music of the seventies as their soundtrack and its groovy fashions as their scenery, Maddie and Paul were drawn together and driven apart. Then one night changed everything...forever. And only now, when life tiptoes past the edge of yesterday, along the rim of today, can they glimpse the beauty that awaits them...beyond the night.
Awards and Recognitions Beyond The Night by Marlo Schalesky has received the following awards and recognitions -
Citations And Professional Reviews Beyond The Night by Marlo Schalesky has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 05/01/2008 page 63
Library Journal - 04/01/2008 page 70
CBA Retailers - 05/01/2008 page 46
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.82" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jun 17, 2008
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1601420161 ISBN13 9781601420169
Availability 0 units.
More About Marlo Schalesky
MARLO SCHALESKY is the author of several acclaimed novels, including Christy Award winner Beyond theNight. A graduate of Stanford University, Marlo also has a masters of theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. She's a regular columnist for Power for Living and lives with her husband, Bryan, and five children in California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Beyond The Night?
Amazing ! Oct 28, 2008
What an amazing story of love and hope that kept me reading into the late night hours ... and when I finished the book, I immediately wanted to start reading the book again... that's how much I enjoyed it. This is the first book I've read of Marlo Schalesky. I recommend this book highly - a must read ! Definately 5 stars !
One to share Aug 14, 2008
You've read them before: boy meets girl, boy and girl become friends, boy and girl resist their friendship developing into anything more, and so on. The stubborn love story, wherein the characters refuse to acknowledge and/or embrace their love for each other. Beyond the Night by Marlo Schalesky is on one level such a story, but it develops into so much more.
The book opens with a passage from a mysterious third party narrator. Seemingly vague and general, this passage remains confusing and meaningless until the surprise ending. We then enter into a scene with the married couple Paul and Maddie taking a trip on a rainy night. A tragic accident occurs, and in the next scene we enter a hospital room. Maddie is hospitalized and drifting in and out of consciousness while Paul patiently waits.
Unlike many love stories, we are already privy to knowledge of the culmination of their relationship. The knowledge of Paul and Maddie's status as a married couple helps us to weather their indecision and struggles as they resist and wrestle with their attraction to each other throughout the relating of their love story. As Paul reaches out to her, seeking to bring her out of this state, we travel along with them as they both remember their journey to love.
Maddie and Paul meet each other in college during the `70s; Paul aiming for a career in medical research and Maddie setting her sights on the title of Doctor. They quickly develop a buddy-buddy relationship that develops the glimmer of maybe, possibly, something more. Then Maddie starts to go blind - not a great time to be starting a new relationship.
Maddie's loss of vision plunges her into a time of emotional darkness that parallels her journey into visual darkness. The recollection of this descent into darkness is set into scenes of Maddie's present - struggling against the darkness that seeks to overcome her in her hospital bed. Maddie's slow loss of vision causes her to doubt God and His plans for her life. She draws into herself and away from friends - fiercely independent and frightened of dependence on others, she pushes those away who seek to help her, including Paul.
Paul engages in a battle of his own - wrestling with his feelings towards Maddie and struggling to understand how he could love a blind woman. Both characters are extraordinarily cautious to act on their feelings, each for their own reasons. This reluctance definitely aroused my frustration with the two of them. Becoming emotionally engaged and caring for this couple makes me impatient. I want to wake them up, get their attention, and get them together! Thankfully we already know they'll be united in marriage, helping to prolong my patience.
I am not typically a reader of romance stories; I can assure you that this is not your typical light and fluffy romantic fare. Paul and Maddie's struggles with the imminent loss of vision and faith, and their own shortcomings add depth and meaning to the story of their love. I was relieved to find that the tale of their developing affections free them from sensual engagements. Too many romantic stories are mired in the promise or acts of physical intimacy, the reason I normally avoid the genre.
I was drawn to this title for several reasons - the assurance that the characters involved would marry, the spiritual struggle and theme of spiritual darkness brought on by the blindness and the promise of a surprise ending - I couldn't resist. Schalesky doesn't disappoint on any of these counts. Many would feel that a story in which you know the outcome of relationship would be without suspense or uncertainty. Countless titles offer formulaic and predictable endings; a skillful author, Schalesky succeeded in taking me by surprise with the book's conclusion.
Read it for the love story, the spiritual struggle, or the surprise ending, but do read it. Paul and Maddie's deep and enduring love along with their faith in God overcomes their fears and takes them Beyond the Night. You won't want to miss this one. I'll be watching for future releases from Schalesky, who is writing more titles with unexpected endings.
P.S. This is one you'll want to share with your girlfriends.
Caught me by surprise! Aug 12, 2008
I hadn't read Marlo in a long time, and may I just say this book really caught me by surprise. It's so well-written and though the subject matter was difficult, I never felt pelted by the story. I was enthralled! Do yourself a favor and pick it up. : )
Love is blind. Aug 8, 2008
This is a touching love story between a husband and wife, from their first meetings to their final reuniting. Most of the story describes Maddie's coping with her fears of going blind, and their evolving relationship. This is the first fiction relationship book I have read by Mario Schalesky, and I am so impressed by her faith and way with words.
Grips The Heart Jul 15, 2008
David and Maddy were best friends long before they fell in love. Then Maddy begins having health problems and discovers she has Stargardts, an ailment that causes blindness. She knows exactly what this means to their relationship, but David overcomes her fears. Together they build a wonderful marriage, even have a daughter, and life is good until a terrible accident threatens their world.
Beyond The Night is an exquisite story of love, faith, and of a bond between two people too strong to be broken. An emotional tale of a woman learning to live with shattered dreams, and a man who who loves too much to let her go. I won't say any more because I don't want to give away the surprise ending, but this book will grip your heart. Don't miss it.