After her brother's violent death, Ashley Walters became a police officer, so that others would not suffer the same fate. Now ten years later, Ashley moved to Moneptezuma to escape the crushing control of her parents. Montezuma is in the midst of a revitalization effort that threatens to leave the local Menenite community at odds with the rest of the community. When accidents begin to happen, Ashley doesn't know if Brad, a young Menenite boy is to blame or someone else. Patrick, Brad's counselor meets Ashley and wonders if she is worth the risk of opening his heart. The forgiveness Ashley discovers that is a daily part of the Menenite life, shows Ashley that she tried to control her own life instead of giving control to God. As she learns to forgive, she learns to love and open herself to others.
Amy Wallace does a beautiful job weaving an interesting story, a beautiful setting, and well developed characters with a lesson on control and forgiveness. The strongly Christian theme touched my heart as well as entertained me. I would recommend this story to Christians of any age.
Montezuma, Georgia, is a town in desperate need of an economic boost. Plans are in the works for a city makeover that will hopefully bring back much needed employment. The plans include a Mennonite museum, but when the Mennonites discover the museum will not include their religious beliefs, they decide against it. This angers some of the townspeople and sets in motion a string of events targeted at the Mennonites. Anna Yoder and her young son Bradley are the main targets because she decided against selling her farm for the museum. Ashley Walters is a cop whose faith has been tested. Her brother was gunned down in cold blood and died in her arms. Bradley Yoder reminds Ashley of her brother Eric. She feels compelled to protect the Yoder's at all costs, something she believes she should have done for her brother. With her faith at odds, she feels drawn to the Mennonite community. The Mennonites have an unshakable faith, something Ashley needs. Patrick James is a local counselor who befriends Ashley. He has a hard time getting her to talk about the past, but he is determined to help her. Patrick begins to care for Ashley and wants to start a relationship. Will the tough cop who is determined to keep running from the past be able to open her heart and let love in? As the attacks intensify, Patrick and Ashley along with the help of Jonathan Yoder- Anna's nephew, work to figure out who is behind it all. Can they get to the bottom of it before it's too late? This book has it all- romance, suspense, and mystery. The characters are well developed and very compelling. A must read!
This book was provided to me from Harvest House Publishers via NetGalley in exchange for my review.