The first book of Rogers’ new Seasons of the Heart series has characters who go after what they want with gusto. The budding romance is tender without being mushy, and the story teaches us about learning to forgive not only the people who have harmed us, but also ourselves.
Connecticut, 1888: Rachel Winston thinks she’ll have a better chance at finding a husband in Boston than in her small Connecticut town, until she meets Nathan Reed. Nathan has abandoned his Christian beliefs because of past experiences, but when an accident forces him to recover at Rachel’s home, her care teaches him about love and forgiveness, and Rachel realizes her expectations of others may be too high. Will they find common ground before Rachel leaves for Boston? (REALMS, Jun., 304 pp., $13.99)