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Genre: Inspirational, Contemporary Romance
Raney captures both small-town charm and rural farm life in her depiction of Bristol, Kan. She also accurately portrays the ‘70s with references to music, clothing and the Vietnam War. The flirty banter is believable, and a scene involving the main characters and the lyrics of “Silver Bells” is romantic. The ending is a little abrupt. The epilogue helps, but there are loose ends readers will want the characters to resolve. The faith element is strong and the pacing fast, making this an easy read.
Michelle Penn leaves college early and becomes a reporter for her hometown weekly newspaper. She sits next to Rob Merrick III, son of the newspaper’s owner. Both have experienced pain in their past: Michelle was dumped by her first love when he enlisted and Rob lost his mother. Now, she dreams of becoming a wife and mother and he wants to be a reporter for a larger daily newspaper — maybe. As the two grow closer, their future is jeopardized when Michelle’s ex-boyfriend is home on leave. Two medical emergencies, both life-altering, allow Michelle and Rob to come to terms with their past and put their faith in God’s will going forward. (SUMMERSIDE, Oct., 320 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed By: Julie Gwinn
Published: October 2013