In His Stead by Judith Sanders
The main theme of this book is the sacrifice of a father for his son. I found the underlying message very special as that is the clearest sense of the word ‘love’ – when you give your life for another.
This book follows the story of Thomas Lane, ex-Army Ranger, as he realizes that the life he tried so hard to build and keep together is rather rapidly crumbling right before his eyes. His eldest son died a hero, the death of a soldier and his youngest son has been called to duty in the Middle East with the National Guard.
Tom has to make a massive decision – does he re-enter the world of danger and war to protect his sensitive, musical son or does he take the risk and allow his boy to fulfill his duty?
Tom makes a decision that leaves his wife with the agonizing pain of possibly losing both a husband and a son. He takes on politics as well as faces his fears and nightmares head on.
I can’t share too much more in fear of giving away the plot, but I would like to say that although I don’t agree with all the views in this book, I do appreciate the research done by the author as well as her ability to convey real emotions. Descriptions are clear and more than once it pulled on my heartstrings. I would also would like to mention how stunning the cover is; this is altogether a well-written, enjoyable book that has a meaningful lesson.