Who can resist a book that starts with this awesome first line?--"The coffee tasted like burnt marshmallows." Sigh...melodramatic sigh. I mean, I'm addicted to coffee and just finished the last page of this story with a ritual s'more over the oven burner and a fresh brewed dark roast. At the first line, I was convinced Cynthia already knows me!
~~Charming and Witty
~~Deep and Healing
What happens when the lies to cover up a past Becca Marrow never asked for, threaten the best chance of a future she never dreamed possible?
Back Cover: "A phone call destroys all hope Becca Morrow has for a life beyond the shame of her past. Further discredited by the death of her elderly, ailing patient—the mother of the influential and handsome businessman, Isaac Hughes—Becca’s new life is shattered and her longing for love slips away. Working to clear her name, Becca must learn to see the beauty in the ugliness of dying, to accept the tenderness in forgiveness, and—at last—discover that where she belongs isn’t as much about her family history as it is about her faith in the One to whom she’ll always belong."
Heroine: Jayne Dennagee, AKA, Becca Morrow, fights for a break from a past tainted by her father's misguided self-imposed ethics. She is timid yet gutsy, if not sure-footed and assured of her need to carve out a place to belong. At times I wanted to protect her and other times I wanted to cry for her. Born into an intact family, she is orphaned by disease and dysfunction, and is forced to wade into the unknown on a string and a prayer.
Hero: Isaac Hughes, was orphaned at birth, adopted by grace and mercy, his life has been everything if it's been bathed in waves of love and belonging--he just doesn't know the truth behind his past. With the identity of his birth mom sealed in the past, he's been forced to trade that knowledge for the place he belongs. When his adopted mom dies and Becca is accused of foul play, it's his Aunt Geneva who holds the keys to help them piece together a place to belong. My one criticism of him was that he was too nice and trusting, I would have liked to see his doubts and anger a bit more clearly. But that is minor. Handsome and swoon-worthy?--double check! Overall, I loved Isaac.
Ending: Get. The. Tissue. Box. Please. That's all I have to say! Cynthia has done an amazing job touching the heart of the reader with God's ultimate story--redemption! To this I say, amen sister!
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Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots.Nurse Practitioner by day.Wife, mother, writer by night.Coffee drinker--any time.
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