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 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
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Linda
    It will be ok in the end...And if it isn't ok, it isn't the end. So the expression goes. 94% into the story and it didn't seem that anything was going to be ok. I suspect this story mirrored many of the times. A simple, hardworking man of strong faith is beset with one tragedy after another. Lost love, lost children, a lost business, a misplaced faith and temporary fall into a bottle, only to be redeemed by his courage and the generosity of neigh...
  • Bobirley Adams
    I was given a copy of IT IS WELL for free in exchange for my honest review.Having been raised in a small farming community, it was easy to relate to the characters in this book. I have known many people similar to these characters who take their promises seriously and are happy just as they are without the ambition you find in large cities. This book revolves around a Father's commitment to his God and to his family and how World War II affected ...
  • Kay
    Story takes place in Snohomish, WA during WWII. The main character, Jonathan, is an upstanding/decent (and somewhat righteous) man whose wife died from cancer and he is desperately sticking to an unrealistic promise she made him make about never marrying again. His two sons go off to war, his daughter runs away into marriage, he struggles to make his hardware store run, and he has a close and loving friendship with a widow. The characters were we...
  • Amy Rothenberg
    It Is WellIt Is Well was a basic, yet trite story of a man and his family during WW2. Divorce as a horrible scandal, even in the midst of an abusive relationship; the promise to stay faithful after the death of a spouse. Yikes. It was a nice, clean cut story..I finished it, but rolled my eyes throughout. On the other hand, I guess, perhaps that this was what life was like in those days.
  • Val Wilkerson
    A story about a Christian man, a widow, with 2 sons and 1 daughter. Pearl Harbor is attacked and Jonathan's world is turned on end when his older son is sent to Wake Island by the Construction Company he works for and his younger son Luke enlists against his fathers wishes.The story goes back and forth with Matthews story on Wake Island and Lukes story of boot camp and then going to Germany. Well written.
  • sandra wallace
    I was pleasantly surprised by this story. I don't normally pick a book with a war background but this book had a different twist and perspective that I truly enjoyed reading and would highly recommend.Great read!! Pleasantly surprised. Would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to find warmth in trouble trying times and changes of life.
  • Wendy
    For me there were two separate stories that could have been told individually. I wanted more time with the two sons and it was distracting to go back and forth between them and the father's story. Having said that, both stories were well told in and of themselves. was a little too "preachy" for my taste.
  • David C. Kempf
    A look at WWII in a different light.Well written, not exactly my favorite type of reading. However, every writer deserves to be praised by finishing their book. May your career be blessed.
  • sharon in Hercules
    How World WarII changed people's lifeA wonderful story! Extremely touching. Written with the history of WWII playing out in the background. Jonathan has known heart break...and sadness, but there is more to come...How does one ever again find happiness?
  • Amy
    It Is Well is a great read set during World War II. I enjoyed the Beecher family and how they coped with war, abuse, death and addiction. I have added this author to my must read writer list. 5 plus stars
  • Niki
    Trite and disconnected. Kept waiting for something to come together, but it didn't. The main love story was predictable and the protagonist pretty darn oblivious. Not a fan. Read it because it was a free Kindle read.
  • Victoria Jessup
    First readThis was the first time I read a book by James D. Shipman. Dwell written with through research. The interaction between the characters was wonderful and made powerful stories. I hope to read more by this author.
  • Marylee
    This was a book that was written about a time when women were admired for their ability to keep a beautiful and clean home ,to cook wonderful meals for their family,they marked their happiness by how happy their family is. It was a nice story,but not my cup of tea.
  • Sue Fernandez
    Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for the E-Arc of this title in exchange for an honest review. This book was well researched, but the characters weren't as developed as I'd have liked. It wasn't a bad book, but it just wasn't my favorite read lately.
  • Joseph A Sommons
    CreativeNice story. I enjoyed the perspectives changing with each chapter. I appreciate the raw feelings of war and transparency of the characters wrestling with the expectations of the era.
  • Carmen
    Very good book.Very interesting read, keeps your attention, you can't put it down, you're always wanting to know what happens next. Recommend picking this one up.
  • Kimberly Lopez
    Interesting that it took place in Snohomish but it was so depressing most of the time that I didn't really enjoy reading it.
  • Joan
    A handful of sorrow and a grudging, though at times an exasperating, respect for a hard-headed man who deserves love.
  • Lori
    HokeyIt's surprising that this book is considered historical fiction. Yes, it was set during WWII but that hardly mattered. It was basically a hokey sappy religious romance.
  • Tracy Showalter
    Easy read. Kept my attention.