I thoroughly enjoyed the second book in Sharon Gillenwater's series. It was calmingly predictable, delightfully surprising, definitely inspirational and well presented. Emily had a plan and clung to it quite stubbornly until she realised that God's plan for her life was even better. Older relationships were restored through understanding and forgiveness, Emily grew in the knowledge of herself and how events had wrongly shaped her feelings, and new relationships grew. As always with Sharon Gillenwater's writing, Chance was an adorable hero - strong in his faith and willing to work it out with solid actions. The Callahan family does so much in their community and are a great witness to God - instead of holding their wealth over others, they use it to benefit so many. There was also a lovely look at Chance's ancestry and both he and Emily were able to learn valuable lessons from heroes of the past. I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Review : Emily's Chance - Book #2 of The Callahans of Texas Series - Sharon Gillenwater - October 2010
In Book #1 we saw Jenna Callahan reunited with lover Nate and married off to live happily ever after and in Book #2 we are presented with her brother Chance Callahan. Chance has always been the type of guy that has been viewed as a player, testing the waters - dating a few girls here and there of course unlike most players with Chance Callahan he is a strong christian male and has been following God's word and keeping his morals and values high and sacred. Emily Rose has just arrived at Callahan Crossing to help the town re-build their museum after a nasty fire destroyed their town. For her , this is a step up her ladder of success in the goal of one day becoming a Curator of a well-paid museum . For Chance, it is love at first sight -he has never felt this way about anyone and soon realises that Emily is for him "the one" , however once Chance discovers Emily's past and that her godliness is not as strong as his, will Chance be repulsed and take a step back or will he accept God's help to see past what he considers Emily's flaws and discover the true women he loves ?
Emily's Chance is a warm tale of hope and healing and what touched me most was the underlining fact of a community bonding together after a horrible tragedy ripped through their small town. It reminded me of the current tragedies that we have experienced in New Zealand recently with the Christchurch earthquake and its 1000+ aftershocks and now with the sudden and horrible tragedy of the 29 miners deaths at Pike Mine. Our Prayers go out to the families involved.