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4 Stars Out Of 5
A Sweet Love Story
February 23, 2012
Small town Fairhaven is the perfect setting for this sweet story of dreams and losses, friendship and love. Ross, our hero, has experienced a loss, as he had to close his photography studio due to the economy. Grandma hires Ross to manage the book store so Adrie can pursue her dream of playing her flute professionally. As in Ms. Turansky's other book set in Fairhaven, Seeking His Love, the characters are well-developed and are realistic, the story develops naturally and comfortably, with enough snags in the relationship to keep your interest. A Man to Trust is a delightful afternoon read.
Adrie and Ross assist with the wedding of mutual friends, which adds to Adrie's growing attraction for the eligible bachelor and to her confusion. Besides, she plans to leave Washington when she lands a position with an orchestra so she doesn't want to get involved. Her grandma has no hesitation in the romance department when an old flame comes to town. What does the future hold for both couples?
Caring and sacrifice play a big part in this sweet story. It's real life material with an endearing ending that brought unexpected tears. As the title implies, Adrie discovers A Man to Trust. Carrie Turansky pens a fine read containing enough struggles and successes between the covers to keep the reading turning the pages with satisfaction.
An added pleasure for me was the book's Pacific Northwest setting (I'm from the Northwest) and the bookstore (I love books and bookstores and used to work in one). Also the fact she grew up on the mission field in Kenya since I know missionaries who have served there. Get this brand-new release while it's available.
A photographer and a flutist thrown together at, of all places, a book store. As we look in on Adrie and Ross, we see two people struggling with past mistakes, and the future they see for themselves. Neither are looking for love, but love finds them. In true Love Inspired fashion, Carrie Turansky takes us to the town of Fairhaven where love blooms between the unsuspecting as God looks on, laughing at the struggles humans put themselves through.
Ms. Turansky's excellent writing and storytelling draw the reader into the lives of Adrie and Ross. In the end we understand what true love is all about, sacrificing one's self for the good of the one you love. This is a great Sunday afternoon getaway.
I just got done reading Carrie Turansky's newest contemporary romance A Man to Trust. It is rare for me to finish a book in under two weeks, but this one kept me turning the pages to that final sweet happily ever after in just a few days.
Adrie Chandler plans to leave her job in Fairhaven, Washington at her Nana's bookstore behind to pursue her dream. An accomplished flutist, she has prepared all her life for a seat in a professional orchestra. All she needs is a reliable, trustworthy man to assume her place as manager. But men haven't been exactly trustworthy in her experience. Fresh on the rebound from her ex-fiance's betrayal with her best friend, Adrie must train a handsome and charming young man to take her place at the store. But she fears he's a little too charming to be sincere.
Ross Peterson needs a job--badly. His photo studio business has recently failed, and his bills are amassing. Worse, his father's critical eye watches all he does, weighing him according to his net worth. The job at the bookstore is the stepping stone he needs until he can reopen his studio when the economy is on the upswing. He doesn't reckon on the influence his beautiful new boss will have on him, or his desire to please her. But will his desire to prove himself a man to be trusted prevent him from pursuing his dream?
I enjoyed the chemistry of the characters in this story. An outgoing, flirtatious, masculine man like Ross was a perfect fit for introverted, wounded, reticent Adrie. She longs for family, but hers resides in Africa where she was raised by missionary parents. Lonely, her best friends include her Nana and the older ladies in her Nana's social circle. Ross's persistent cheer and lighthearted humor wear down her resistance until she can't deny her attraction, but will it lead her down the path to betrayal, heartache, and the postponement of her plans once more?
This sweet story was written with a deep insight into emotional wounds and yet with an affectionate romance and an abiding faith that offers the reader hope for their own happily ever after. If you want your faith restored in the power of love, you need to let this story soak in and you'll believe again.