"The Desire," book 3 in The Restoration Series written by Dan Walsh & Gary Smalley, is a story that focuses on Michelle and Allen whom have been introduced in the previous two novels in the series. Michelle has longed to be a mother her own life and after marrying her best friend and love Allen she is ready to become one; however they have been unable to conceive a child. Michelle struggles with this and questions why some women are given babies that they do not even want while other mothers who so desperately want a baby are not given the chance to be a mother. While Michelle is obsessing with their infertility issue, Allen's mind is still back in Africa on the horrific area that he went to while there on a missions trip and also on a sweet little girl whom he met. As Michelle and Allen face these challenges and seek guidance from their family, they feel and hear the Lord's leading and even they are surprised themselves.
I loved spending time with the Anderson family once again. I loved to be "updated" on Jim and Marilyn as well as Jean and Tom. Doug (whom is the focus of the next book) played a more dominant role as well as a friend to Christina and I loved the side of him that was seen in this book. I also loved that Audrey Windsor still is so close with this family as she was such a vital character in book 1. This is an excellent series that really addresses real-life issues that families face and they are a nice refreshing read knowing that we are not alone in our struggles.
I highly recommend this book and the series, but encourage you to read the book in order as they build upon one another and continue on from where the previous book ended.
*Thanks to the Revell Reads Program for the complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.*