Thursday, February 24, 2011

Beneath the Night Tree by Nicole Baart

Baart’s gifted command of language ascends from the page once again as she weaves the continuation of Julia DeSmit’s story. Julia, a single mother who fulfills a motherly role for her younger brother as well, prepares to share her life with one man when an unexpected email throws her vision for her future off course. Julia finds herself on the brink of marriage, but unexpectedly her son’s father slips back into the picture complicating all she’s known about love, forgiveness and trust. The medley of characters, Julia’s grandmother, the two boys and the men competing for Julia’s attention, add to the fast-paced plot of Beneath the Night Tree.

Even though I didn’t read the prior two books in the series, I found Beneath the Night Tree entirely enjoyable. It works well as a stand-alone novel. I found it difficult to put down.

Whenever I read of Baart’s books I’m immediately reeled in by her compelling, lyrical writing.

With lines like the following what’s not to love?

“I could feel the words like water on my tongue, liquid and heavy with all the emotion that sprang from the well of my doubt.”

“He still wore loss like a chain around his neck.”

“A string of unexpected thoughts wound themselves around my heart, binding my chest until it ached to breathe.”

Baart is an adept author, skilled at beautifully balancing plot with prose. Visit her website to read more!

* Tyndale provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for this honest review
**check out my interview with Nicole on the sidebar link


  1. This book is on my TBR List! I can't wait to read it.

    Thanks for the compelling review, I'm sold:)

  2. Thanks for the review, Wendy. The examples you posted make me want to revel in Nicole Baart's writing.

  3. Just wanted to pass this on -
    I went to check out the sample of this book on B&N for nook and discovered that Book 1 After the Leaves Fall (Baart's debut) is free for download.

  4. Wow, those lines are powerful. I really like the cover, too. Reminds me of summer. Thanks!

  5. Hi Wendy -

    Thanks for the review and for introducing me to Nicole's work. I haven't read any of her books...yet. :)



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