Beside Still Waters has become a friend I didn't expect to like as much as I do and one that I look forward to returning to at the end of my busy day. The writing and conversations are simple and easily keep my attention even after a full day of work. The characters have an amazing ability to reach out and touch something in us that we may not have even known was there. I found myself crying when Marianna cried and in terror when her little brother gets hurt. I understood the longing to be organized and correct all the while longing for something more even as Marianna did. It was a relief to find out how Mem truly felt at the end of the book (about Mari). Tricia Goyer has indeed acquired another fan that will be looking for other works of art that she has produced. The characters are realistic, the events that run the storyline are believable, and the closer I come to the end, the more I miss my precious new friends in Beside Still Waters. Thank God for the blessing of peace, tranquility, enthusiasm, adventure and just a tiny bit of romantic suspense that were all experienced in this book that I would highly recommend to all.