Reviews for When the Vow
by Judith Leigh
Jill and Morgan had been married for
five years and valued their commitment to each other as if it was
written in stone. Then Jill found out she had breast cancer and had
to have her breast removed. They had tried to have a baby, but this
set-back could eliminate that possibility for good. When Jill
finally told Morgan about her surgery, it was only 2 days prior to
the operation. Morgan refused to leave her side until the day before
she was to come home. He heard some nurses talking about her in the
break room and stating that it was so bad that she was going to die.
Morgan had a past that Jill knew nothing
about. His mother died of breast cancer. He could not stand around
and watch someone else he loved die. As an Air Force Captain in
World War II, he disappeared and went on a mission in Germany with
his Unit. His best friend was going and his commanding officer was
surprised that he decided to deploy. Captain Morgan Chandler was one
of their best pilots. Of course, he was needed.
October is Breast Cancer Month and this
book is about a woman who fights breast cancer. I assumed the book
would be extremely emotional and hard to read, but it was not. The
storyline dealt more with the commitment between a man and a woman,
with a true belief of God. There was some sentiment which became
even more passionate when this scared man disappeared without a word
just as Jill needed him most.
The intrigue of the storyline was that
of finding a rock to lean upon through faith in God. Not only did
she learn to lean on her relationship with Him but she also learned
how to forgive her husband even before he returned to the States.
This is a great look at not only a
breast cancer survivor but also a couple whose commitment to each
other through their faith grew stronger. It is an easy read and one
I highly recommend.
~ Brenda Talley, The Romance Studio
Rating: 8 Gargoyles
Although the title is reminiscent of a line from a lullaby, the
novel sensitively explores a subject that is anything but soothing.
When Jillian Chandler is diagnosed with breast cancer, her storybook
marriage to Morgan rocks, but not like a mother gently swaying a
baby's crib. Morgan decides to leave his wife in the midst of her
greatest battle, while he tries to sort out his own feelings. These
pages are a stirring look at this relationship and the far reaching
The writing is simple and the characters are ordinary, yet there is
an urgent appeal to this story. Jillian's diagnosis of cancer
triggers emotional responses that will resonant with readers. Her
fears, feelings, and the questions and concerns she has after
surgery are commonplace but definitely compelling. This story could
occur anywhere and at any time, and that fact keeps the action
As the couple tries to sort out the changes in their lives, readers
will understand the emotional toll on both Jillian and Morgan. It's
interesting that the cancer and the subsequent treatments don't make
up the majority of this novel, rather, it's the time of recovery
that is focused upon. As Jillian tries to return to normal, Morgan's
decision to leave presents a new kind of battle to fight. Other
issues enter the story, offering complications of a different sort.
This all serves to highlight the uncertainty of life and the power
When the Vow Breaks is touching story of trials and triumphs in the
lives of characters that will seem as familiar as your friends or
next door neighbors.
Joyce Handzo, In the Library Reviews
Jillian and Morgan Chandler have been married for 5 very happy
years. They love each other very much and have much to be thankful
for. That is until Jillian is diagnosed with breast cancer. Jillian
doesnít know thatís how Morganís mother died but Morgan is trying to
Morgan overhears the nurses talking about a poor woman that had
everything going for her but now wonít make it. He canít go through
watching Jillian, the love of his life, die like his mother did, he
just canít! He takes off just as Jillian is ready to be released
from the hospital.
As with most things, nothing is what we think or as it seems and the
same for Jillian and Morgan. After several months Morgan comes home
finally explaining why he ran and begs for forgiveness. Just as
Jillian is ready to forgive all, Morgan leaves again, but this time
the military mission is secret and he canít tell a soul.
Jillian has suffered many tragedies but this is the last straw.
Sheís sure she can never forgive Morgan. It appears that the vows
they took when they married meant nothing to him.
Will Jillian let God take care of her and their marriage? When
Morgan is through with his mission, will he have a home to come back
to? Will their love survive these storms? Will they see past the
tragedies to the miracles that God has given them?
When the Vow Breaks was a very pleasant surprise. After the first
chapter or two I wondered how I would get through it, it was so sad,
but I forged ahead and eventually had a hard time putting it down.
This book isnít about breast cancer and the tragedies that befall
Jillian; itís about weathering the storms, survival and trust in
love and in God.
The writing of Judith Leigh gives just enough detail to give you the
picture, itís concise and to the point but doesnít leave out
Take the time to read When the Vow Breaks. Iím sure youíll enjoy
Jillian and Morganís story as much as I did.
~ Trudy Smith, Once Upon A Romance