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The Familiar Stranger [Kindle Edition]

Christina Berry
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Craig Littleton's decision to end his marriage would shock his wife, Denise...
if she only knew what he was up to. When an accident lands Craig in the ICU,
with fuzzy memories of his own life and plans, Denise rushes to his side, ready
to care for him.

They embark on a quest to help Craig remember who he is
and, in the process, they discover dark secrets: An affair? An emptied bank account?
A hidden identity? An illegitimate child?

But what will she do when she realizes
he's not the man she thought he was? Is this trauma a blessing in disguise, a chance
for a fresh start? Or will his secrets destroy the life they built together?

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 454 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0802447317
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (25 Aug. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003719G86
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #880,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars very good read 12 Nov. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Enjoyed reading every but of this book. Keeps you guessing. One down side is that it could have put more into the ending. Or is there as sequel to it? Would recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT!!! 5 Dec. 2009
Format:Paperback
I was so happy to get the chance to read this book. I loved it from the second i picked it up and couldn't put it down it was a fantastic story brilliantly written from two points of view!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner 8 Oct. 2009
By Mara Kim - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Familiar Stranger by Christina Berry is a page-turner.

Denise knows that Craig is not himself. When he decides to skip church to go hiking, she doesn't fight it. In the middle of church service, she takes a phone call that changes her life. Craig has been in an accident. Could she have prevented the accident? If only she had persuaded him to go with them instead.

Denise rushes to his side and vows that she will do everything in her power to make their marriage work. It will take much more than her effort because he has amnesia and doesn't even know his own wife. Not wanting to hurt his two boys, he wills himself to do what he would normally do (as told by Denise) with them even though he doesn't remember them. This is a chance for them to start over. Or is it?

Craig is tore apart in attempting to regain his memories. The more he remembers, the deeper the secrets lie. Each secret revealed digs a deeper hole for Craig. Can Denise remain by his side and forgive him?

This was a difficult book to put down. I thought I had it all figured out but I was wrong. Christina Berry kept my attention the entire book. It was full of plot twists and surprises. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is struggling in their marriage or not. The characters remain with you after the book has ended.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Twists and Turns in This Terrific Debut 13 Dec. 2009
By Kelly Klepfer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The characters and the drama of a marriage-on-the brink pulled me into this story immediately. Good writing and a twisting, intriguing plot line kept me turning pages. Though not perfect this is a terrific debut novel. Some pacing issues and some slight characterization quirks caused me to pause a bit. I also didn't find the details of some aspects of the story to be completely believable, there are some "but" moments.

Denise and Craig are in a cold war. Their marriage has degenerated to the point that polite, simple sentences are the only safe communication. The reasons that this relationship is so strained becomes apparent as the story unfolds.

The story begins as Craig is preparing to do something permanent to take care of this situation. But there is an accident. Then Craig wakes up with amnesia. Yes. I know, very soap opera...but by this point I was invested in the story and the writing. Denise and Craig discover that the puzzle pieces don't fall into place at all. As a matter of fact there seems to be a never ending pile of puzzle pieces. The story twists and turns from there.

There is a pretty strong faith element within the book.

By the time the novel resolved I was satisfied. I will be eager to read the next book Berry cooks up.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive debut 3 Oct. 2009
By A. K. S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Familiar Stranger, Berry's debut novel, opens with a scene between a couple whose marriage is obviously in trouble. Craig goes his way, Denise goes hers. Then she receives a phone call that changes the stakes from the everyday to stunning suspense.
Craig has been in a devastating accident, and when he wakes from a drug-induced coma he no longer remembers Denise or their life together. Berry ramps up the story from a domestic plot to page-turning suspense as one revelation about Craig's past follows another. Betrayals, lies, and false memories all play into the mystery of their marriage.
Told from two points of view, we see Denise reel as she grapples with discoveries from Craig's secret life. At the same time we share Craig's bewilderment at finding himself part of a family he doesn't remember, and being accused of things he has no recollection of doing.
The Familiar Stranger moves quickly, and kept me riveted to the story when I should have turned off the light and gone to sleep. Berry does a masterful job of bringing all the plot points together at the satisfying conclusion.
I recommend The Familiar Stranger, and look forward to Berry's next novel. Inspirational fiction has a new star.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Has some problems, but an enjoyable read 18 Sept. 2009
By Debbie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"The Familiar Stranger" is a contemporary Christian fiction novel. The pacing was very good, and the world-building was okay. In the first half of the novel, a noticeable amount of dialogue (including inner dialogue) felt unnatural to me--and I'm not talking about when awkward dialogue might be expected. In the second half, though, this problem disappeared and the writing was excellent.

The characters were sympathetic enough characters, but the only ones I really bonded with were the kids. This may partly be because I've never seriously dated or been married or had a loved one in a bad accident so I couldn't personally relate to the stress the adults were going through. I did like the way the author handled the struggles that the characters went through, though.

I suspect most people will thoroughly enjoy the novel, but I didn't fully enjoy it because there were two or three "mighty convenient" things that happened at critical points in the story to make it end up where it did. I would have liked for these points to have been fleshed out to make them more realistic and probable.

The characters were Christians living out their faith. The novel wasn't preachy, but there was a large amount of God-talk and praying. Non-Christians probably wouldn't enjoy this book. There was no sex and no bad language. Overall, it's an enjoyable book and good, clean reading.

Reviewed by Debbie from Genre Reviews (genrereviews. blogspot. com)
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story! 5 Jan. 2010
By Christina Banks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
To say that Denise Little was not thrilled with her husband's decision to skip church for a hiking excursion would have been putting it mildly. But when she receives a call from the police at the end of the service, her world comes crashing down around her. Rushing to the hospital, she finds her husband broken, unconscious but mercifully alive. When he finally wakes up, he has no idea who she is.

Their already bumpy marriage takes horrible hits as dark secrets of his past come sneaking out of the closet. Denise finds herself forgiving again and again. But how much can one woman take? Can she handle the whole truth?

Christina's book grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let me go. I even dreamed about the story, trying to put all the pieces together while I slept. Christina's style was easy to read and very engaging. Her characters were real - flawed and believable. The story line was compelling and I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.

If you haven't read The Familiar Stranger yet, I suggest that you do so. It's worth it!
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