Always Jan is book #4 in Roxanne Henke’s Coming Home to Brewster series, and deals with the specific topic of aging and maturing within a Christian context. Like the other books in the series, Henke writes about characters that draw you in and to me, seem familiar to people I actually know. But then again, I’m actually from North Dakota, and the author’s fictional town of Brewster is a small town that same state.
I read the earlier books in the series years ago, but for some reason didn’t pick up this last book until I was challenged to finish books in series’ I’d already started. This book really hit home for me because this year I will turn 50. I could identify with Jan’s panic about aging. While I don’t envision plastic surgery in my future, there is something unsettling about this milestone birthday. Henke tries to provide a calm Christian voice to reassure her characters and her readers, that we have nothing to fear with a loving God on our side.
Very nice finish to a series of heartwarming novels.
3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2005