Tate Publishing|January 22, 2013|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-1-62024-671-9
Anna Bertram was not prepared for this. Not after all she had been through. A mother’s love, so deep, wasn’t it her job to protect? Anna had poured her heart and soul into raising Justin. When he unexpectedly dropped out of her life, she was left devastated.
Was it fate? A chance meeting with a young soldier on a beach in Maine, who had left a pocket-sized book in the sand, a photograph tucked neatly inside? The photograph portrayed two soldiers in Army fatigues, one being the soldier, the other her son, Justin. With this clue, Anna is desperate to find the soldier who could possibly lead to her estranged son. Is it too late to reclaim the close relationship they once shared?
Mistakenly Anna believed she was responsible for her son’s future. In her zealous search to reunite, she finds the unexpected, love and forgiveness. Journey with Anna, as she learns to let go and surrender to divine destiny. And give thanks for the gift that she was entrusted.
Nineteen-year-old Anna was in the bathroom with her best friend Jessica at her house. Anna had just taken a pregnancy test and it showed positive. She was worried and panicked beyond belief that her parents were going to kill her when they found out. Anna was to stay for dinner at Jessica’s but she left instead to go and talk to her boyfriend, Mike.
Anna pulled her car up in front of Mike’s house and could see Mike walk by the window and hand his Dad something. She slowly got out of her car and went to knock on the door. Mike was surprised to see Anna as he knew she was supposed to be eating dinner at Jessica’s. With a serious tone she told Mike that she had to talk to him. Mike grabbed his coat and yelled to his Dad that he was just going out with Anna for a bit.
Once in the car, Anna immediately told Mike she was pregnant. His first reaction was one of disbelief saying “it was only that one time” and couldn’t understand how she could possibly be pregnant. His disbelief quickly turned to anger when he slapped his open hand on the dashboard and told Anna to drive. He didn’t care where they went he just told her to drive anywhere.
The following day Anna went for an appointment at the Planned Parenthood Centre to get a proper pregnancy test done. After a urine test and pelvic exam by a Dr. Jones, he confirmed her worst fear – she was definitely pregnant and in her first trimester. He told her she would require continuing care and pre-natal vitamins. Anna, still feeling stunned told him she had it covered, walked out of his office and vowed never to see Dr. Jones again because he had suggested both terminating the pregnancy and giving up the baby for adoption which infuriated her. Neither was an option for Anna, come hell or high water, she WAS keeping this baby.
Anna drove to the University of Maine Campus Library and parked in the lot. She got out of her vehicle and headed to the Admissions Office when she heard Mike calling her. He caught up to her and asked if she went to the doctor and was she really pregnant. When she told him “yes”,he said he’d marry her and they’d be a family. Anna said with or without him, married or not she was keeping the bby. Mike said that they’d have to tell their parents that evening. Mike asked what she was doing in the Admissions Office and Anna replied “withdrawing from school.” She suddenly realized what time it was and if she didn’t leave right now she’d be late for her after-school dental office job. She decided to return to the Admissions Office another day.
Mike’s parents took the pregnancy news badly with Mike’s Dad calling Anna a whore and blaming her for ruining their son’s life. Anna’s parents took the news much better. They weren’t exactly overjoyed at the prospect their nineteen-year-old daughter was pregnant, but nonetheless accepted the news.
Anna gave birth to a beautiful baby boy whom she named, Justin Michael. He was a handsome devil for sure. Anna poured her entire being into raising Justin and was as good a mother as anyone could possibly be. She doted on Justin, disciplined him, taught him to pray and raised him to be a fine outstanding member of society.
However, Justin had other ideas when he became a teenager and disappeared. Anna was literally heartbroken and crushed almost beyond functioning. Then one day she met a soldier on a beach and that encounter changed her life forever.
Entrusted was a beautifully written novel. I’m still crying from the ending, but are they tears of joy or sorrow? You’ll have to read the story to find out.