Andrea Hamilton is a very happy, thirty-five-year-old married mother who is living the American dream. She has always been her family's rock, but when she finds herself on the other side of grief when her beloved husband Clayton is killed by a drunk driver, she is consumed with deep despair despite her caring family's best efforts to comfort her. But the loss of her husband is not the only challenge she faces. She has discovered she is pregnant--a much hoped for gift from God that is now bittersweet. In addition to that, her twin sister is engaged to be married--to Clayton's brother. Although happy for them, their joy reminds her of what she has lost. Even with the support of her devout parents and her wonderful, spiritual family, Andrea feels that her heart can never heal, as this is the greatest test of her faith she has ever experienced.
The day you get married is undoubtedly one of the happiest days of your life. You and your spouse have dreams of a life full of happiness, children, travel and growing old together. But what happens when an unsuspected tragedy occurs that puts an end to all of your hopes and dreams?
Andrea Hamilton is a very happy, thirty-five year old married mother of one. She is living the American dream, she has the house, the husband, a job as a dental technician and a beautiful precocious five year old daughter named Kayla. She also has loving parents and a twin sister, who is also her best friend. She is active in her church and has a hoard of loving friends. When someone needs to be encouraged or needs words of inspiration it is Andrea they go to. She has been called the rock, for she is their strength when they have none.
Tragedy strikes when Clayton, Andrea's husband of ten years is killed by a drunk driver. Andrea finds herself on the receiving end of comfort and it doesn't sit too well with her. She is accustomed to being the strong one, but with losing her husband she doubts she can be that way again. The thought of living the rest of her life without Clayton and raising their daughter alone is devastating to Andrea and she doesn't know how she is going to survive. In addition to the loss of her husband, she finds out she is pregnant with the baby her and Clayton have been trying to conceive for months. This is icing on the cake, as Andrea wants to be happy but is finding it hard in dealing with the death of her husband and the thought of raising not one, but two children alone.
Andrea's friends and family do all they can to comfort and encourage her but it appears to be done in vain, as Andrea doesn't appear to want to be helped. She finds herself distancing herself from all of those who love her and just can't bear to go on. Will Andrea continue to live a life of constant grief? Or will she open her heart and allow God in, when she previously shut Him out as well? Can this strong woman pass this test and put all her faith back in God and become the woman she once was?
A TEST OF FAITH is a heart-wrenching and touching story that is sure to get your tears flowing. Billings does an awesome job depicting a grieving widow whose faith is definitely being tested. Because I am married I could relate to Andrea in that I have two small children and I am also a source of strength for several of my friends and family. I can not imagine my life without my husband, but could visualize having the exact same feelings and emotions that Andrea had. The story is so emotional and real, that it had me wondering if I would be able to be strong if something happened to my husband or would I too, want to give up? When someone has a long term illness their passing isn't a surprise as you have time to prepare yourself, but when someone dies suddenly it is devastating to all those who knew the person and the pain is a little harder to bear. When you have a strong connection to the characters in a book and the storyline, you know the book is a winner, and A TEST OF FAITH is no exception.
Reviewed by Eraina B. Tinnin
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers