A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built a life far removed from her trailer park teen years. Until an interruption from her estranged mother reveals that tragedy has struck in her hometown and a reluctant Bethany is called back to rural Iowa. Determined to pay her respects while avoiding any emotional entanglements, she vows not to stay long. But the unexpected inheritance of farmland and a startling turn of events in Chicago forces Bethany to come up with a new plan.
Handsome farmhand Evan Price has taken care of the Quinn farm for years. So when Bethany is left the land, he must fight her decisions to realize his dreams. But even as he disagrees with Bethany’s vision, Evan feels drawn to her and the pain she keeps so carefully locked away.
For Bethany, making peace with her past and the God of her childhood doesn’t seem like the path to freedom. Is letting go the only way to new life, love and a peace she’s not even sure exists?
My Comments: This book hooked me right in, got slow in the middle and ended well. I was looking for a little more “scandal” in parts – at least that is how my predictions went, but it was clean throughout and believable problems with faith. The faith issue was resolved a little easily for me – maybe mine was similar and I felt I struggled more than Bethany, but again believable. The message on faith was clear and not preachy. People lived out their faith. I like that. Struggles vary in the story, peoples’ experience with faith differs throughout. Some relationships were not resolved which may possibly result in a series instead of a stand-alone story. The setting of rural Iowa brought back great memories of living in Iowa for eight years. This refreshes me after living in Southern California for 9 years! I look forward to more books from this author!
I received a free review copy from WaterBrook Press. This book was released on May 8, 2012. See link above and read chapter 1.