We Go On

Christian - Fiction
294 Pages
Reviewed on 06/05/2021
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Author Biography

Regina Walker crafts compelling characters facing some of life's hardest challenges. Her heart's desire is to always point toward Jesus through the way her characters face challenges, relationships, and adversity.
Regina is an Oklahoma import, although she was born and raised in the beautiful state of Colorado. She likes to curl up on the couch and binge-watch crime shows with her hard-working husband. When she's not wrestling with a writing project, she can be found wrangling their children, riding their horses, or working around their small hobby farm.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

Death is always an unwelcome presence, especially in the home. Once he knocks, it could leave an open wound that festers and makes everyone vulnerable. Such is the story of We Go On by Regina Walker. The first installment in her Then Comes Hope trilogy, this story is about when one family untimely loses its oldest son. That leaves three members: Josh, Liz, and their youngest son Tyler. They try to settle and adjust to the rhythms of a new life in the absence of Colby. But grief is a house guest that often overextends its visit, especially when everything is saturated by the presence of the one who passed away. And in Colby’s wake, he leaves a pretty mare named Dusty, and her upkeep may well become the tool that leads the family’s deteriorating relationship and faith in God on a path to healing. The surviving son watches it all unfold before his eyes as he tries to make sense of his own pain.

The novel’s core circles around the complexities of love and faith. There is no doubt that Josh, Liz, and Tyler still love one another, but the grief that clouds the family relationship causes this love to become inarticulate and, at times, distant. The love between the parents is still there, but it is taken for granted. Regina Walker has written a profound study on that untalked-about issue that besets families faced with a tragic event. We Go On is a brilliant emotional standoff that grows in intensity over every chapter. What I admire most about the story is the way the characters are developed and the changes they go through. We Go On transcends drama. It is a solid reflection of people undergoing an existential crisis, and it shows them relying upon their own human faculties to learn, change, and grow. Such work deserves an audience, and you should not miss out on reading this tale.

Lisa Turley

This is one of the best books (series) I’ve read to date. The ability the author has to captivate and draw you in from the very first page is amazing! The realistic feel of the characters leaves you feeling as if they are part of your inner circle. The way she brings out an issue that is kept much too quiet leaves you feeling as if you want to do/know more about how to help someone dealing with or family members of suicide. Truly an inspiring read that leaves you wanting more from this amazing author!

Staci Mauney

We Go On by Regina Walker is the first book in the Then Comes Hope collection. This book deals with a tough subject – the death by suicide. The book opens with the aftermath of Colby’s suicide attempt and resulting death, and Josh and Liz, Colby’s parents, and Tyler, Colby’s brother, are forced to confront a situation they never imagined possible. The emotional upheaval portrayed by the characters in this book is realistic. Liz finds comfort in caring for Colby’s horse, and their bond is a joy to read. Ultimately, the author doesn’t leave the characters to their grief—they find hope and healing through their faith in God. This novel will stay with you long after you finish reading. I highly recommend it!