This may sound melodramatic but I don't usually read these kinds of romances, so to say that it touched me very deeply says a lot about the book. This book made me take a look at my life and the things that we see as "coincidence" and realize that God works all things together for our good. It was well-written and hard to put down. I plan to look up this author and read everything she's ever written!
Good book. A woman who is scarred badly from a house fire hides herself away and a man tries to run from his past.
After losing his wife, he wandered. Cross country in search - but in search of what? He wasn't finding it ! Then the storm hit and he was stranded - in a most perfect place.
Keith Michaels, a widower, heads cross-country hoping to flee his sadness and grief after his wife's death. During a sudden storm he finds refuge and shelter from the storm with a reclusive young woman. Little does he know that, in addition to refuge from the storm, she provides a safe refuge for his heart!
Good, heartwarming love story!
This book provided a pleasent surprise for me.
I expected a book full of stereotypical romance characters, a weak female character (or at least weak when it came to men), a formulaic story, and poor writing.
First, the story was well written, full of nice imagery that drew you into the scenes and the feelings, emotions, and motivations of the characters. The narrative drew me with the first sentence. The somewhat complex story was face-paced and well developed and didn't loose my interest. It provided an excellent, although slightly predictable, conclusion.
While some of the story may have followed a formula (you knew, for instance, that the male and female protagonist were going to fall in love. There is never any mystery in that department in typical romance fiction, Christian or secular.), but the characters were fresh and real and believable. The woman even had ugly burn scars on her face. Wow! How many romance novels do you read in which both main characters are NOT unrealistically beautiful? Romance (ordinarily) don't do ugly!
She lives alone like a hermit on one of the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington State to escape the memories of a house fire that killed her husband and child and left her disfigured. She has self-sufficient and has adapeted will to lonely plight.
But then A man, an ex-minister, who is trying to escape his own past full of false accusations and his wife's death, turns up on her doorstep ia the middle of a fierce rainstorm asking for shelter.
Later, he agrees to stay on, living in her guest shed and helping out with anything that needs doing.
But, someone else has interupted her solitude. She is aware from the beginning of the frightened, ragged little boy is observing her from hidden spots. Who is he? Does he need help? What can she do for him?
Altogether, although there are a few minor flaws, and some of the story was a bit formulaic, I thought that this book provided a great story of renewed hope, renewed lives, forgiveness, and inward healing. It was a good, warm, human story. I would like to read more books by this author and I would recommend the book to others.