After divorcing her abusive husband, single mother Callie May is still nursing the scars of a painful past. The last thing she needs in her life is another man, so she s less than thrilled when a handsome but brooding stranger moves into the apartment across the hall.
Dan Mattson may be attractive, but his circumstances certainly aren t: a former church pastor, he abandoned his flock in Michigan and fled to the Chicago suburbs after the death
of his beloved wife and baby daughter in a tragic automobile accident. Embittered by his loss, Dan turns his back on God.
Callie mistrusts men, and the angry Dan often gives her good reason to. Both are weighed down by the scars and disappointment in their pasts. When Callie s ex-husband shows up to wreak more havoc in her life, Dan finds himself coming to her defense and facing his own demons in the process. Will Dan and Callie be able to get past their baggage and give love another chance? Can they come to see life s apparent tragedies as part of God s perfect plan?
Can the power of God change their hearts and mend their hurts?
Born and raised in western Michigan, Sharlene MacLaren attended Spring Arbor University. After graduating, she traveled, then married one of her childhood friends, and together they raised two lovely daughters. Now happily retired after teaching elementary school for thirty-one years, Shar enjoys reading, singing in the church choir and worship teams, traveling, and spending time with her husband, children, and precious grandchildrenand, of course, writing. Shar is an occasional speaker for her local MOPS organization; is involved in KIDS HOPE USA, a mentoring program for at-risk children; counsels young women in the Apples of Gold program; and is active in two weekly Bible studies. She and her husband, Cecil, live in Spring Lake, Michigan, with Mocha, their lazy, fat cat.