Genevieve Woodward’s life looks perfect to outsiders—she survived a near death experience as a child, she has a successful career as a Christian Bible study author and speaker, and she is close to her loving family. But Genevieve has a big secret that could destroy her picture perfect life, and she is horrified when the handsome Sam Turner discovers her secret. Sam is comfortable with his remote existence, quietly trying to distance himself from people. But when he finds Genevieve in his cottage one morning, he realizes that the outgoing, spunky, brightly colored Genevieve may destroy his carefully constructed isolation. After Gen finds a threatening letter that leads her down a dark family search, she turns to Sam—and ultimately, to God—to help her discover what is truly important in life.
I admit that I am struggling a little to write a review for this book, because how do you review such an absolutely wonderful book? I feel as though any praise I give it will be inadequate to how fantastic it truly is! Suffice it to say, this novel has all the things that make any Becky Wade book great—characters with realistic struggles and imperfect lives with which we as readers can easily identify, raw spiritual truths that strike a chord in our own spiritual walk, and clean romance that makes us swoon! I absolutely loved Sam! He is shaped by past mistakes but it has made him into such a wonderful man! (And not only is he handsome but he can cook?! Yes please!) And I really liked how Becky handled a sensitive addiction in the novel, with careful research and accurate, often less than rosy, portrayals of its consequences. The themes of forgiveness, mercy, and grace were strong in the story and really made me think and, at times, made me cry as the characters realized the same truths. I love how her writing is so seamless that you can spend hours reading and still find yourself completely immersed in the book. I enjoyed the setting of Misty River and the other characters in the novel and I am very excited to read more about them in the rest of the series. The family mystery in the story had twists and turns that surprised me and further added to the complexity of the book. I truly could go on and on about how much I love this book, but instead I’ll just say, go buy a copy yourself and enjoy this highly recommend novel!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.