It Is Well by James D. Shipman

It Is Well

Jonathan Beecher, a middle-aged widower and small-town store owner, has never asked for much. But lately, all too much is being asked of him. The bombing of Pearl Harbor plunges America into World War II and deeply fractures Jonathan’s own family. His eldest son, a civilian contractor, is trapped on a Japanese-occupied island in the Pacific. Jonathan’s feckless younger son ignores his father’s pleas to stay home and joins the army. And his ...

Details It Is Well

TitleIt Is Well
Release DateNov 1st, 2016
PublisherBrilliance Audio
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II

Reviews It Is Well

  • Hilary
    Following the lives of a family in a small town through WWII, we see aspects of life as a storekeeper, a young woman, a civilian contractor and a new army recruit.It wasn't particularly *bad*, but it also wasn't great. The historical facts were obviously researched and somewhat interesting, but there was no life in the story. The characters - with just a couple of minor exceptions - were cardboard cutouts. (view spoiler)[And Luke annoyed me no en...
  • Vicki Whittiker
    enjoyed but too religiousThis book was well written until the end. It was way too religious throughout which I didn't notice in the description. The characters were well developed and the storyline was good. The last couple of chapters were sappy, not as well thought and the ending just didn't fit. It seemed as thought the author just threw it in to get the story done. That was odd
  • Constantine
    Rating: 4.0/5.0The story follows the members of the Beecher family, Jonathan (a father who lost his wife to cancer), his two sons (Mathew & Luke) and daughter (Mary). The story is set during world war 2 times. Historically I find it to be very accurate. Through the whole book we follow each one of these characters, we see their vulnerabilities and worries. The characters are very well written and unique, you will not see any perfect character her...
  • Whistlers Mom
    WWII: a time when the planet caught fire and God seemed to have turned his back on his children.Today when disasters strike, religious extremists are quick to attribute them to God's wrath, directed at a secular people who've turned away from the Bible. But in December 1941, in the little town of Snohomish, Washington, the majority of the citizens were hard-working, pious, and patriotic. They prayed that the horrible war in Europe would spare the...
  • Tom
    Historically accurate and written from the sentiment of the time period (WW2), when real men didn't talk about their feelings or cotton such mamby-pamby concepts like "calling the police," "taking out a loan" or "asking others for help." A real man solves his problems with the sweat of his brow, a prayer to God and his own two fists, by Jimminy! And maybe not in that order! And real woman's place is in the home, baking pot roast and apple pies wi...
  • N.
    As a free Kindle First pick, I had high hopes that this would be an enthralling historical fiction novel. I was unaware that this would partially be a faith-based romance, and therefore, did not meet my expectations in the least. Perhaps I should have read the product description more in depth. The writing was rather bland and repetitive, and the progression quite frustrating.I have little patience for people using the Bible as an excuse for unac...
  • Almira
    Snohomish area author, James Shipman, has told a powerful story of war time (just before the beginning on WWII to the conclusion) in the town of Snohomish, Washington.Jonathan Beecher, 50ish widower, father of 3, owner of the local hardware store, has his life turned upside down with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, his 2 sons caught up (in different ways and places) in the War, his daughter eloping with a local policeman, who is an abuser. When his ...
  • R.G. Phelps
    Historical Fiction That You Can Enjoy Without Your Typical SmutIt Is Well, was definitely shown through James Shipman's story. Since I was so aware how it was in a small town during World War II, I could easily relate. James depicted the struggles our small towns USA had just gone through with the devastating depression, and the hard work everyone was forced to go through. Even with the massive changes because of World War II, individuals still s...
  • clm
    Wasted timeThe separate family stories are never actually connected. The characters are all cardboard cutouts. Jonathon is a self-absorbed jerk, and the others are one-dimensional caricatures. Even his faith is cardboard. We are told that he attends church and prays, but neither of those activities are ever graced with any content. God seems to be a teacher with his ruler ever ready for an immediate crack across the knuckles and nothing more. The...
  • Melissa Menten
    This story appears to be based on excellent research and is centered on a widowed father's struggles during World World II. He made a promise to his deceased wife not to remarry and is a good Christian who feels bound by his promise. His two sons are caught up in the war, one in the Pacific as a civilian contractor and the other in Europe when he joins up against his father's wishes. The daughter also goes against her father's wishes and marries ...