I enjoyed this book for well-portrayed characters and well-described scenes. The author knows the Great Lakes area and the forest-firefighting scenarios quite well. The plot pulled me right into the lives of the characters. The family showed strong faith, and helped the main characters to move forward in their search for healing. The banter among the family members was fun. I enjoyed the drama, the light romance, and the unfolding of the different backgrounds for the main characters. This story made me laugh and cry.
Darek's wife, Felicity, was killed in a car accident. His best friend is blamed for the accident. This book deals with a lot of people who aren't willing to forgive, including Darek, who is storing a lot of bitterness in his heart. There are some more characters that are also dealing with forgiveness.
I really enjoyed this book. Susan May Warren did a great job bringing the characters to life. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone!
This was the first book by Susan May Warren that I have read. It was engaging and exciting from beginning to the end. I enjoyed the characters and the story line. I would recommend this book and author. I ordered a few more of her books after reading this one.
Felicity was hit by a car and killed. Now, three years later, everyone who knew her is bogged down with emotional baggage: the townspeople who loved her, her best friend who just can't get on with her life, her husband who is consumed by guilt over his inability to love her, the man who killed her who was sentenced to 3000 hours of community service in the town that hates him, and the lawyer who made his plea bargain possible and kept him out of prison. They all have struggled with or totally lost their faith in God as loving Father. Now, when fresh starts seem possible for these characters, their bitterness and anger get in the way. They seem unable to ask for or give the forgiveness necessary to move on with their lives.
The characters are flawed but achingly real, and their emotions and actions ring true. The reader wants so much for everyone in the story to experience healing and wholeness because these are people easy to relate to and care about. The story line is believable, full of action and angst. The Christian message of redemption and grace is beautifully portrayed in several different ways. Great Christian romance.
Ivy Madison, the new assistant county attorney in Deep Haven, is a former foster child looking for a small town in which to plant some roots. She has dreamt of Deep Haven being just the place. Darek Christiansen is a rough, angry widower with a soft spot for his little boy. The two meet and begin to build a relationship but Ivy discovers a link between them that could ruin everything. The story is interesting and the characters are believable. I have a soft spot for foster children so I enjoyed reading from Ivy's perspective. It's a great story about forgiveness and hope.