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Synopsis from the back of the book:
When Dr. Joy Gilbert is fired from a lucrative position in the city, she returns to her small hometown to find her former fiancé, Zack, single; her once vivacious mother, Molly, struggling financially and physically; and Tressa, the 15-year-old daughter of the boss who just fired Joy, popping out the back door of the car. Tressa refuses to return to the city, where her divorced parents continue to battle in the aftermath of her brother’s death. The girl’s rebellion threatens Joy’s career, but that threat means nothing when it appears Tressa’s parents might lose another child to death. Will Joy and Zack be able to work together again in time to save Tressa’s life?
I enjoy this author’s writing so I knew that I would enjoy this story as well. And I did. It was a little departure from what I’ve come to expect because the suspense was not as high. I expected a killer to show up somewhere but that was not the tone of this story. I have to say that I enjoyed Tressa the most. Every time the girl showed up in a scene, she stole it!
Joy was a strong woman who was struggling to get over the stigma of being raised by a single mother. Her dealings with those in the church made her cynical to God working in her life. Coupled with the hurt she nurses from her breakup with Zack, she has some issues to work through. Tressa was a big help to her in her healing. I liked that Joy was devoted to the girl.
A misunderstanding puts Zack in the position of making a huge mistake and breaking the heart of the woman he loves. But he was a man who could admit he was wrong, and he did. It made him an admirable hero.
What I enjoyed most about this book:
Tressa. The teenager was the star of the show in every scene she was in. Like many teens, she didn’t have much of a filter, but her maturity and heart made her a good character.
What I didn’t like about this book:
Having read many of the author’s medical thrillers and not realizing that this wasn’t one, I did spend quite a lot of time waiting for the “evil” person to show up. That’s is not a reflection on the author, but this reader.
My rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Would I recommend this book to others? Yes. This author writes well and the story was interesting. Just don’t go into it expecting a thriller.
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Note: I won this book in a giveaway. I am not required to give a positive review. My opinions are my own.