Book Review

What Happens Next by Christina Suzann Nelson

Wowza! I don’t know what to say, but I’ll try. Here’s my review:



This one will make you feel all the feels, and perhaps shed a few tears, but it is totally worth it for the joyous bits too.

The journeys of these women, interwoven and complex are rich and heartfelt. At the heart of the story is a missing child, whose disappearance had ripple effects on all those around her.  As ex-reporter Faith Byrne tries to uncover the truth about Heather, we relive the unforgettable summer that led up to that fateful night with the characters. This is about loss, grief, and ultimately, healing and about the bonds that bind us together and those that fray at the edges when life doesn’t play along with an ideal happy ending.

Do have the tissues near if you are tender-hearted. This book is written with tenderness and tenacity. An unforgettable read.

The book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. My opinion is my own.





“Everyone has a story, and maybe everyone needs a little help toward healing.”

Popular podcaster and ex-reporter Faith Byrne made a name for herself telling stories of greatness after tragedy–but her real life does not mirror the stories she tells. While her daughters spend the summer in Hawaii with her ex-husband and his new wife, she must manage life on her own. All of that changes when she’s asked to spotlight her childhood best friend’s missing person case on her podcast.

Dora Crane has never accepted that her younger daughter could be dead, keeping her home looking the same as when her daughter disappeared. But when her husband leaves her and her older daughter intervenes, she agrees to counseling and to pack up her missing daughter’s belongings under one condition: Faith Byrne comes to Deep Valley and sheds light on the cold case.

As the long-abandoned investigation moves forward, old wounds and long-buried secrets are exposed. Will these two women, whose lives have never been the same, finally get the answers they need to reconcile the past and the future?



Christina Suzann Nelson is an inspirational speaker and the award-winning author of If We Make It Home, Swimming in the Deep End, More Than We Remember, and The Way It Should Be. Her title, Shaped by the Waves, was released on February 1, 2022. Her latest, What Happens Next, released in Jan 2023. Her first novel was honored as one of Library Journal’s top five inspirational novels of 2017. She was named the 2017 OCW Cascade’s Writer of Promise. Her stories have been published in the Cup of Comfort for a Better World, Cup of Comfort for Adoptive Families, as well as other publications. She writes and speaks about hope after dysfunction. 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, she’s working with the Every Child initiative, chasing escaped steers, reading, breathing in the sweet smell of her horse, hiking with her dog, or enjoying her just-as-crazy family.



Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.

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