At the Scent of Water

by Linda Nichols

Paperback, 2009



Call number



Bethany House Publishers (2009), Edition: Repack, 416 pages


Fiction. Literature. Life is rewarding for Samuel Truelove. He's a gifted heart surgeon, he's married to the love of his life, and he has a beautiful daughter. But when he misdiagnoses his daughter's illness and is suddenly called away to perform emergency surgery, a deadly cascade of events is set in motion. After multiple tragedies, Sam withdraws into himself, takes a leave of absence, and joins a small town clinic. His search for redemption and healing will test the idea that God has the power�and the will�to repair what seems irreparably broken.


Original language


Physical description

416 p.; 8.25 inches


0764206680 / 9780764206689

User reviews

LibraryThing member CoraJoanBurgett
Samuel Trurlove was a gifted heart surgeon, had married the love of his life, and had a beautiful daughter. Tragedy happened and his picture-perfect life began to unravel. Annie leaves her home in NC an travels to San Francisco to begin a new life of her own. She wants to shake off the past but a
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disturbing headline interrupts her plans and takes her back home. While there memories of former things, ofjoy and sorrow, come flooding back. Can these two very broken people allow their hearts to heal? Their journey to a "new place" is difficult. I enjoyed that journey, came to admire of them, and watched forgiveness and healing take place. I recommend this book highly.
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LibraryThing member LivelyLady
Trying to broaden my horizons, I gave this Christian romance a chance. It seemed a little too predictable. When their daughter dies, Sam and Annie's marriage falls apart. She moves away and a lawsuit against him finds him away from his practice as a pediatric cardiac surgeon. Many events happen
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which eventually give them a second chance. This book was a change of pace for me. I would not object to trying another of this genre at another time.
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LibraryThing member judyg54
I don't think I can adequately express what a great job this author did in telling a story. As it says on the back of the book, "Two unimaginable tragedies . . . Two broken lives. . . . that gives one a small clue as to what you can expect. The title of the story, which comes from Job 14:7-9, also
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gives one a clue as to what to expect, "At least there is hope for a tree:. . . . Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet 'at the scent of water' it will bud and put forth shots like a plant." This was a story filled with sorrow, heartache and pain, but through it all God was able to bring forth hope, joy and healing. You will see Him directing the path and you will find hurting hearts healed. I will definitely be reading more by this author.

This is a story of Samuel and Annie Truelove. Samuel is a gifted heart surgeon who married the love of his life, Annie. They had their home in the mountains of North Carolina and were blessed with a little girl. Tragedy will strike this family and deep sorrow will overtake them and they will run from each other and from their God. But God is faithful and will send people and circumstances into their life to draw them unto Him and back to each other. Be prepared to feel their sorrow and heartache and to shed some tears, but you will also see the hand of God at work and rejoice in how He works things out.
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