Beloved bestselling author Debbie Macomber returns with a powerful standalone novel about a woman forced to start her life anew, embarking on the most courageous journey of all—to a place where she learns what love and trust really mean.
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.
Debbie Macomber is easily one of my favorite authors because she always writes these easy to read books that you find yourself able to binge through without even realizing it. Her latest is no exception as I got through it in less than two hours and was left feeling grateful for the experience.
It is a story about family, hope, love, second chances and being careful about who you judge. As always, she has created some fantastic characters you can really bond to and scene work that pulls you along their story.
There were times I wanted to shake her main character, Shay, for being so gullible and allowing herself to get pulled into bad situations that could ruin her life but by the end Macomber has this way of reminding me I’ve made some of my own decisions that frustrated those who love so who am I to judge?
Another of her characters who is a preacher came off as a real sweetheart and one of the things I adored about this book is that even those who don’t believe in God won’t be turned away because she doesn’t use this as a way to beat others over the head with religion. Instead you are treated to some much needed messages on the behavior and needs of mankind that go beyond just what is in a bible or what you’d find in church.
I hope people will give this a chance and allow their hearts to be changed as we all need a little reminder from time to time that dreams are not unattainable.
Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for allowing me to review this book.
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