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Firefighter Drew Gannon has become guardian of his friend's troubled ten-year-old boy. He knows an old friend who was once a social worker and tries to recruit her to help him. She wants to leave the unspeakable tragedy behind her and has given up that line of work. This boy is desperate. Will she change her mind one last time?
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Love Inspired
|Publication Date: 2017|
bbgreen5 Stars Out Of 5heartwarming storyMay 23, 2017bbgreenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Hometown Hero's Redemption by Jill Kemerer is the last book in the Lake Endwell series and I'm sorta sad to see the series end. Jill pours her heart into these heart warming stories with real life situations and realistic characters. I was drawn into the book from the very first scene. It captivated my heart. Being a former social worker myself, this story was so relatable.
Firefighter Drew just received guardianship of his best friend's 10 year old son, Wyatt, after his father went to prison. Drew needs to find a babysitter who will watch his godson while he's at work. The only person he can think of is Lauren, a former social worker, whom he knew from high school. Lauren has just returned to the area but the last thing on her mind is taking care of a child. Will Drew be able to convince her that he's changed? Will she decide to help him out?
Both of the main characters, Drew Gannon and Lauren Pierce, have experienced loss and heartache in their past, so it affects them from getting too close to someone. They both must overcome their own obstacles in order to work together in their present situation. Forgiveness and trust play a major role in this story. Until you have these characteristics established, it's hard to build a relationship with someone. It's really hard to work together for the betterment of the child without this. This story pulled at my heart and I recommend it. I received this book from the author and wasn't obligated to post a review. All opinions are my own.
Lastly I'm sharing my favorite quote from the book as said by Lauren's mom, "God didn't put you on earth to save every soul you come into contact with. He's in the saving business. Let Him do his job." It's a grace thing. This is when Lauren truly forgives herself and frees herself from the guilt that made her leave social work. It also helped her to realize that she's worth someone loving her again.
Trixi4 Stars Out Of 5Temporary FatherMay 23, 2017TrixiQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Young Wyatt has seen too much of the hard life at age ten. Drew Gannon takes guardianship when Wyatt's dad goes to jail & moves them back to Lake Endwell. Lauren Pierce once helped troubled kids, but tragedy tainted her career and made her walk away. Past meets present in this tale of forgiveness, and overcoming life's hurts through faith. It tackles many not-so-perfect areas of life and the author handles them with the grace and forgiveness. By showing them that God loves them no matter their life choices and forging a friendship to help strengthen and lift each other up.
I really loved seeing the growth in each character. My heart ached for Wyatt and his wanting to be accepted by his peers and the adults who matter. And for the different ways both Lauren and Drew showed him that they cared & loved him. The thing I really enjoyed was seeing them turn back to God and rely on his strength and accepting His unconditional love to forge a new life together. The romance was very charming, each one trying to deny it due to past hurts. But really, how can you stop true love? Read this one with a good quantity of Kleenex around! It has plenty of touching scenes and emotional depth. I'd have to say my favorite line in this book comes from Lauren's mom & it can apply to anyone!
"Lauren, you do understand God loves you as is, right? You can't earn His love. It's a grace thing."
This one's for anyone who enjoys stories of faith, forgiveness, redemption and forging a new life in spite of the past one!
* I received a complimentary copy from the author. No favorable review was require and all opinions expressed her are strictly my own. *
Melissa5 Stars Out Of 5Great storyMay 23, 2017MelissaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Tragedy from the past can affect the present. This is a story of people who have experienced unique painful situations and are dealing with life in their own special ways. From a child who has a parent in jail and a parent deceased, to a social worker who doubts her abilities, to a firefighter trying to raise his best friend's son, each character has the ability to trust and love again. The author tells a touching story that gives honest heartfelt emotions. A great story. I received an advance copy of this book with no obligation to review it.
proudmom5085 Stars Out Of 5Great story of forgivenessMay 23, 2017proudmom508Quality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was hooked on this story from the beginning and had a hard time putting it down. I received an advance eBook from the book. The review is my own.
This is a great story of forgiveness. It's also a great reminder that sometimes we need to forgive ourselves and accept that we can't do everything -only God can.
SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Story!May 1, 2017SusanClover, SCAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This was my second book by Jill Kemerer and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Kemerer has created characters that have real problems and live in a real world. The theme here is forgiveness, which is sometimes one of the very hardest things in the world to do, especially when someone never apologizes.
Kemerer also tackles the difficult situation of a child dealing with extreme hurt and also ongoing issues because of the hurt. This is handled very well by her characters, too. I wouldn't hesitate a moment to recommend this book to anyone.
*I was given a preview copy of this book by the author. My review is my own honest opinion.