Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
For young widow Evie Bennett, moving forward will mean deciding what to leave behind . . . and what to keep.
Widowed at the age of twenty-five when her firefighter husband was killed in the line of duty, Evie Bennett has spent the last thirteen years raising their son, Cody, in the close-knit community of Banister Falls. As the women’s ministry director of her church, Evie encourages women to boldly pursue God’s plan for their future . . . while she is content with her memories of the past. But Evie’s well-ordered life begins to change when she meets Jack Vale.
As Evie gets drawn into Jack’s world—a world that isn’t as safe and predictable as the one she’s worked so hard to create—he challenges her to open her eyes to the problems in the community . . . but will Evie open her heart to love again?
Because even though Jack isn’t anything like her late husband, he just might be everything she needs.
When I began this book, I was under the impression it was a novella, so was pleasantly surprised by the beautifully developed story that took place instead. That is not to say there are not great novellas, but often they lack depth.
Just a few of the topics that are touched on in this book might begin with drug addiction, theft, child abandonment, and healing from past hurts. I have seen many Christian novels that sort of gloss over these subjects without showing the pain that comes from them, because it is not something you generally think to see in a Christian book.
For myself though, I find that there is no better place to discuss these topics than a Christian novel. You can see how the love of God is lived out in Jack and Evie’s lives everyday, as they struggle with hardships that you will find realistic and eye opening.
The book is done very tastefully. I truly savored and enjoyed it all the way through!
This book was provided by Netgalley and the publisher. The opinions contained herein are my own.
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