Do you want to read a book that will cause you to laugh, cry, and search your soul all within 314 pages? Then this is the book for you.
At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like Ms. Ganshert’s writing style. The prologue is in first person, but chapter one changes to third person. However, just a few short chapters into the story, I understood her motivation for the change. It was not distracting and I think actually added to the depth of Bethany’s character.
The old saying, “when it rains, it pours” applies to Evan and Bethany’s lives. “What doesn’t make us bitter, makes us better” (boy, I’m sure into cliche’s today) is written out in their stories. I hate spoilers, so I’m not going to say any more, so you’ll just have to read it to find out how the story ends.
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?
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