In Time of Trouble: a novel about second chances

  • May 18, 2016
In Time of Trouble: a novel about second chances
An 18-year-old high school senior learns a life lesson that has nothing to do with school.
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About the Book

When the whole world seems to be against you, where do you go?

After getting fired from his part-time job and having his car confiscated for unpaid tickets, the last straw for Shane Donahue comes when his girlfriend, instead of showing sympathy, dumps him for one of his so-called friends. The fight is on.

But is winning her back worth the effort? For that matter, is staying alive worth the frustration and loneliness? Or is he missing something?

When a classmate suggests God could turn his life around, Shane figures he might as well give it a try—he’s got nothing to lose. Until he’s arrested for a serious crime.

Key Characters:

Everything he does seems to work out wrong. He’s failing his classes and barely speaking to his parents and twin brother.

Everything he does seems to be right. He’s a star athlete, student president, and parents’ dream child, with top marks, a great future, and many good friends.

She’s been going with Shane for longer than she sticks with most guys, but now that Shane doesn’t have a car, she’s not happy at all.

Younger than Shane, and nothing like most of his friends, she wants to prove she’s the girlfriend he needs.

Like Shane, he’s failing his classes and hates his life. He’s talking about leaving home and wants Shane to go with him.

A biracial loner who claims to be Shane’s only real friend, he claims that God is helping him navigate life.

What readers have said

“The plot flows like a mountain spring and I found it hard to stop between chapters.” —a 16-year-old male reader

“An engrossing story depicting an angry, confused young man, with realism and in-depth knowledge… Teens and adults alike will laugh, cry, and cheer for Shane throughout this refreshing book.” –Christian Library Journal

“For everyone who’s ever felt like a loser, ever felt too far gone to change, or ever felt too ordinary to be of use to God.” —Janet Sketchley, author of Heaven’s Prey

“Complex issues such as personal salvation, racism, doubt, fear, bullying, and failure are all tackled in a simple but profound way, with characters of different ethnic backgrounds.” —Read for Life

“Shane Donahue could live in my own home!” —Diane H. Pitts

“Excellent for all ages! Especially if you’ve ever felt like the black sheep of the family, or have been on the outside looking in.” —Review on Amazon

N. J. Lindquist was presented with a plaque and a “Deeds Speak” certificate from then York Region Police Chief Armand P. LaBarge for the “contribution to facilitating positive change within the community” and “assisting youth in dealing with issues like anger, fear, and peer pressure” through the book.

An excerpt:

I’d beaten Keith. Big deal. He was likely high on something and I’d taken advantage of it. Beating him didn’t change the fact that Madison had dumped me. I was still going to have to put on an act so everybody would think I didn’t care. I was sick of it! Always trying to put on an act. But what else could I do? I couldn’t let anyone know how I really felt inside. They’d all laugh at me. After all, I was Shane Donahue; I was supposed to be tough—or so I’d wanted everyone to think.

I reached the street and kept moving, one foot in front of another. Stupid thoughts raced through my mind. What would happen if a car should come racing along and skid on the ice and run over me? Would this pain deep inside go away?

As if on command, the headlights of a car appeared, coming straight toward me, shining on the falling snowflakes so that they looked like enormous white feathers floating down from a gigantic pillow fight in the sky…

Genres: Coming-of-age Novel, New Adult Novel, Young Adult Novel
Tags: coming-of-age, slider
Publisher: That's Life! Communication
Publication Year: 2016
Length: 280 page novel
ISBN: 9781927692257
List Price: $11.99 US
eBook Price: $3.79 US
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