5 Stars Out Of 5
Another great page turner from Mary Manners
May 9, 2014
Another delightful read from Mary with lots to keep one reading. Rena, one of the main characters has returned form New York, and we learn bits and pieces of the why's as we continue the story. She has issues, as we all do, and is struggling big time with them.
Then there is Cody, whom we know very little of except for the fact that he is Kyleâ€˜s best friend and now bestman as the wedding approaches. And then there is Kelsie, best friend of Rena, also involved in the wedding, but they have never met.
Rena, daughter of a builder, with a tool belt all of her own, volunteers to help build a home for a family whose house burned to the ground is the meeting place, but definitely not your average meeting. And thus begins the â€˜story'. Neither can keep their eyes off the other, and this leads to Cody volunteering to help at the rec center where Rena volunteers. They begin working on fundraising for an extension to the rec center and we the reader begin to see just how alike these two are, right down to sleepless nights, although for different reasons.
Rena has a variety of talents and uses them to the best of her ability, volunteering to help with reading at the rec center and working at the local library. She is by no means your average librarian and goes the extra mile to make the story hour for preschoolers special for the little ones who attend, giving out extra hugs, stories, and more as she reads the needs of the attendees.
Cody is struggling to figure Rena out.
â€œRena's so guarded. She's got the eyes of a spooked mare. Getting to know her is going to take some time and a whole lot of prayerâ€
Sammy yawned and pawed the coffee table, where Cody's Bible lay open.
â€œYeah, you're right.â€ Cody picked up the Bible and turned to Psalms. Let's see what we can find in here.â€
He finally gets her to agree to go out with him, and then tries to back out. Kelsie refuses to let her do so, knowing that Cody is a good guy and that Rena needs to have some fun. But there is an emergency , and she leaves a note attached to the door for Cody.
He refuses to be detoured and sets up another date, a date that few would expect and where she learns still more of this young man and more importantly about grace in the Bible study following.
â€œFor the Lord is a sun and shield: The Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.â€ Psalm 84:11 pg. 62
Both Cody and Rena have meetings to sort out their struggles, and next time they meet, Rena feels a change within her.
â€œEver since she'd spoken with Pastor Marcus, a peace had settled over her. She sensed a change, however slight, blossoming in her. She couldn't put her finger on it, but she felt different, hopeful.
Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain youâ€¦Psalm 55:22 sand through her head.â€ pg. 110
There are other characters and situations going on in this wonderfully written story that will keep you reading, and you will be delighted at how well the different situations are used to teach about grace.
Thank you to book fun.org and Mary Manners for giving me the opportunity to read this delightful book in exchange for an honest review.