What Happens Next by Christina Suzann Nelson

About the Book

Faith Byrne may be good at telling others how to create a great life after tragedy, but she is personally struggling to live by her words.  Her ex-husband and his new wife have whisked her children off to Hawaii, leaving her feeling depressed and unworthy.  She is soon contacted by her childhood friend, Dora Crane, who is interested in using Faith’s podcast to highlight a cold case—the disappearance of her daughter years ago.  As Faith and Dora work through the details of the case, they unveil secrets, and begin to reconcile their pasts and futures.

About the Author

Christina Suzann Nelson (www.christinasuzannnelson.com) is an inspirational speaker and Christy award-winning author. Her first novel, If We Make It Home, was honored as one of Library Journal‘s top five inspirational novels of 2017, and her 2021 novel, The Way It Should Be, won the Christy Award for general fiction.

In 2017, Christina was named the OCW Cascade’s Writer of Promise and received a Cascade award for her novel Swimming in the Deep End. Her stories have been published in the Cup of Comfort for a Better WorldCup of Comfort for Adoptive Families, as well as other publications.

Christina is over-the-top about her passions, including the stories created somewhere in the twists and turns of her less-than-focused brain. When she’s not writing, Christina serves on the board of Every Child Linn-Benton, a nonprofit where she has the opportunity to influence the lives of families and children in the foster care system.

On a typical day, she chases escaped farm animals, reads, hikes with her dog, and enjoys her husband and six kids.

Purchase Links


Baker Book House

Barnes and Noble


Christian Book

My Thoughts

A powerful tale of women’s fiction, this novel is an emotional journey full of great character depth and development.  There were hard topics discussed, including broken relationships and hurtful pasts, but there was also a thread of hope in the story.  There are themes of forgiveness, redemption, and finding hope despite grief.  The writing is engaging and raw and it easily brought forth emotions for me as the reader.  I also liked the mystery woven in the novel and thought the plot was unpredictable; despite a slow start, I liked the how the pieces in the different times periods came together near the end of the novel.  My favorite part was the present day interactions of Faith and Dora.  If you are looking for great women’s fiction, definitely check out this novel!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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