Stephanie Landsem is in my critique group. I read an early draft of The Well in manuscript form and rejoiced with Stephanie when it became a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Genesis award for unpublished fiction. The manuscript I read showed lots of promise, but the finished book? Wow! I was totally blown away. I am telling you about this book, not because Stephanie is my friend (and not because the publisher sent me a free review copy), but because, IT’S A REALLY GOOD BOOK!
The ending left me sobbing, not for two human lovers, but for the much bigger, richer story that Landsem evokes of the Lover of my soul who invites you and me to participate in his grand Restoration plan. That love story can cost everything. But then it cost Jesus his life. He considered his plan worth it.
This is Stephanie’s debut novel. I can’t wait to see what her profound faith, meticulous research and superb storytelling skills will bring us next. I’m sure it will be more than a story. It will be something to shake how we think about our faith.