I picked this up on a free e-book offer because, you know, it was free. And it looked interesting enough. I hadn't read any of Tamera Alexander's books before, although I have seen them on the shelves of our church library. But - stop me if you've heard this before - now I'm sucked into buying the next two in this series, because it was that good.
But here's my tip: skip the prologue. In my opinion, it gives too much of the story away. I rarely read prologues, but I did this one and kicked myself about 1/4 of the way into the story.
Larson Jennings disappears on Christmas Day. He leaves his wife a note saying he'll return by week's end. But months go by, and he doesn't come back.
Kathryn learns that their ranch is in a dire financial situation. Determined to keep the land her husband loves and convinced he'll be back, she's determined to find a way to save the ranch.
This story has incredible secondary characters. As much as I liked the hero and heroine, I loved these secondary characters. Some are saintly, and others are anything but. I don't want to give anything away, so I won't say anything more.
I actually read the second in this series and other books by this author because I didn't think I wanted to read this book--mainly because brief descriptions seemed to indicate a husband who had deserted his wife and then suffered disfigurement to the point she couldn't recognize him. I didn't think it could be romantic. I was wrong. You find yourself struggling along with Larson and cheering for the man he is becoming..."out of the refiner's fire". Kathryn seems a strong heroine to begin with but then you begin to see the flaws in her character that might have contributed to the miscommunications with her husband prior to his disappearance. Along with Kathryn you begin to look beyond Larson's scarred appearance to the wonderful man beneath...Kathryn's loyalty and faithfulness to the husband she lost only makes the final recognition more poignant and sweet. Did I mention her pregnancy unbeknown to Larson and the gentle support of a gentleman admirer for Kathryn which complicated matters quite a bit. Finally Rekindled makes the perfect title for this book...for love is rekindled out of the ashes...love from The Heavenly Father and love between man and wife. A must read for your keeper shelf!