Things You Don’t Want is a revealing look into the lives of Christians dealing with crisis, and how pride and doubt can magnify their problems. Even though they waiver, they learn that they will always overcome if they draw their strength from God.
ROCHELLE BRAVERMAN is the proud owner of The Bless Café, a Christian restaurant in the small town of Cedars, North Carolina. Although she’s loved by her friends and staff, she’s hiding the painful secret that led her to flee to Cedars in the first place. Determined to leave her old life behind, Rochelle is confident that God gave her The Bless Café to nurture the local community. As she juggles the demands of her restaurant, an aging grandfather, and her best friend’s marital issues, she has more than enough to keep her busy—and no time for love.
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Billie Cunningham is a precocious eight-year-old when her mother, Lilly Ann, decides to move from rural South Carolina to Baltimore in the 1940s to secure a better life for the two of them. This new security involves the beautiful Lilly Ann’s marriage to Herbert Brown, a man twelve years her senior, and although Billie has to leave her beloved grandmother, Gertie, she is excited to uncover the marvels of life up North.
And, at first, Baltimore is a wonderful place of discovery for Billie. She loves her new school, joins in the antics of Carletha, her rough-around-the-edges cousin, and is surrounded by the supportive love of her Aunt Wilma and Uncle Larry. But Billie and her mother quickly discover that their new life has come with a heavy price. For Lilly Ann, it means turning a blind eye to her husband’s hedonism and passion for forbidden fruit, and, for Billie, it means harboring a dark and shameful secret.
Alan Marsh, a former Army Ranger, is living the American dream. He loves his job as a high school guidance counselor, has a beautiful wife, Nicole, and a comfortable home in the suburbs. This idyllic life is far-removed from the trauma and battle scars of Alan’s tours in Afghanistan, and now, his next big mission is to start a family. But the dream unravels when Alan begins to experience bizarre hallucinations, visions so real and violent, they debilitate him and threaten his sanity and existence.
Determined to seek help, Alan turns to his friend and psychiatrist, Dr. Alan Friedman, but his worst fears come to light when he hallucinates and has a blackout at a neighborhood cookout. At Nicole’s insistence, Alan escapes the public humiliation by going on a much-needed vacation, but things turn tragic when Alan and Nicole are viciously attacked by three men—including their next-door neighbor, Dan. Nicole is gunned down while trying to save Alan, and now he’s on the run as he’s hunted by his mysterious and ruthless attackers and the police, who believe he murdered Nicole.