Synopsis: Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold.
Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew.
The pair strike up a friendship—Drew helps Shay get back on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose—that, over time, turns into something deeper, something soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew’s two children are taken with this woman who has brought light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself trustworthy to her adopted community.
But Caden’s return to town and a disastrous secret threaten to undo the life Shay has tried so hard to rebuild. It will take the utmost courage and faith if she and Drew hope to find healing and open their hearts to a brighter future.
My Review: Debbie Macomber has done it again. This book is exactly what I needed to read right now. It has everything. There is betrayal, anger, forgiveness, family loss, unsuspecting emotions, friendship, loyalty, respect, acceptance, love, unsuspecting emotions, and second chances. There is also a Christian theme running throughout the story that is necessary to the storyline.
Shay Benson was a character that grew in leaps and bounds in this book. She went from a bitter, angry, knocked down woman to someone who believed in herself and her talents, thanks to the Hope Centre where she received counselling and education. The Douglas family is getting by, four years after the loss of their wife and mother Katie. Pastor Drew is a clergyman who’s faith is shaky and Shay was just what he needed. His character also changed dramatically over the course of this book. He was always a wonderful father, but he grew as a loving human being who was able to become a better Pastor and father. The narration was done in alternating chapters with Shay and Drew which gave different perspectives to some of the same scenarios. The book flowed smoothly and came to a wonderful conclusion. Several bumps along the way, added to the buildup of the story. Yes, this is a feel good book, but it is a story that is believable. That is exactly what I want when I pick up a book by Debbie Macomber. If you are looking for a book to make you feel good, go through a range of emotions and root for the characters, then pick this one up. You will not be disappointed.