Beneath the Night Tree

I have thought about you every day for the past five and a half years…

I’m sorry…

Do I have a child?

Julia DeSmit knew she would face the question eventually, but she didn’t expect it now that she is finally content with the way her life has unfolded. A single mother to her son and younger brother, she cherishes living with her beloved grandmother and is hoping to be engaged to Michael Vermeer—the man of her dreams—by year’s end.

Then a cryptic e-mail from her son’s father spins her world off axis. She hasn’t heard from Parker since he left her in a college parking lot without a backward glance. But one look at her son—the spitting image of his father—is enough to convince her that, for better or worse, Parker is a part of their story.

Faced with this new reality and the potential unraveling of her unorthodox family, Julia begins a tightrope walk between what was, what is, and what she hopes will be in her sanctuary beneath the night tree.


  • “Baart is a promising new voice in the CF genre. Her debut novel, After the Leaves Fall (2007), received glowing reviews. [Beneath the Night Tree is] beautifully written, heartwarming…”

    Library Journal
  • “High on emotion and inspiration, Beneath the Night Tree provides readers of Christian romance with affecting surprises. Recommended for fans of the series, the interesting characters and leisurely plot progression make this a comfortable stand-alone novel, as well.”