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The Familiar Stranger

By Christina Berry


Craig Littleton's decision to end his marriage would shock his wife, Denise ... if she knew what he was up to. When an accident lands Craig in the ICU, with fuzzy memories of his own life and plans, Denise rushes to his side, ready to care for him.

They embark on a quest to help Craig remember who he is and, in the process, discover dark secrets. What will she do when she realizes he's not the man she thought he was? Is this trauma a blessing in disguise, a chance for a fresh start? Or will his secrets destroy the life they built together?

Book Takeaway:

If reading The Familiar Stranger makes even one man or woman be more honest with his or her spouse or delve into trust issues in a healthy way, I’ll consider it a success. Maybe there’s a hurting heart that can find a new path to forgiveness because of the story.


Year Title Description
2008 2nd Place in ACFW's Contemporary Genesis Category A contest for unpublished authors
2010 Christy Award Finalist for Debut Novel Prestigious Award

Why the author wrote this book:

Though the plot of The Familiar Stranger came from news stories, I’d been looking for a fictional vehicle to express the lessons I’d learned regarding forgiveness in my own marriage. I knew no one was interested in reading my particular story, but I still felt God had given me something to say. My husband and I worked through a major issue and found a vibrant, completely renewed marriage on the other side.

However, six years later, that same issue broke our bond. The changes in my life did nothing but solidify what I hope to be the theme of the book and my life: Live Transparently—Forgive Extravagantly.


"Provocative and honest. The characters are vivid, and the surprise twist at the end will stay with the reader long past the last page. A wonderful and richly rewarding first novel!"
- Christi Corbett on February 25, 2010

"Very interesting - not your typical "sappy" Christian fiction, lots of grit and real life drama. Loved it!"
- CafeLily on February 07, 2010

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