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What is this book about?

After a tailspin in her late teens, Lauren Anderson’s life is finally back on track. Her battle with bulimia is under control, her career is taking off, and she’s surrounded by a loving family. Then a chance meeting with Carter Douglas, her first love and the man who broke her heart, leads to old feelings returning with new strength. And suddenly her well-balanced world is thrown off kilter.

Now a TV meteorologist, Carter is determined to make amends with Lauren. After all, she still owns his heart. But the reasons they broke up aren’t lost–and those old demons are forcing him toward the same decision he faced in the past. He isn’t sure he’s courageous enough to make a different choice this time around.

When Lauren’s elderly grandmother, Rosie, begins having nightmares about a man named Ephraim–a name her family has never heard before–a fascinating and forbidden past love comes to light. As Lauren and Carter work to uncover the untold stories of Rosie’s past in 1950s Wichita, they embark on a journey of forgiveness and second chances that will change their lives–and Rosie’s–forever. Along the way they’ll learn that God wastes nothing, his timing is perfect, and nothing is beyond his grace and redemption.

My review:

There was so much to like about this story. Flawed characters rising above their problems, sweet and tender romance (times two), and deep (without preaching) spiritual thread.

Lauren and Carter were a great match for each other. Both were less than perfect and struggled with individual issues. I rooted for them to conquer their fears and gain their confidence in who they were in God.

Without spoiling the story, I will say that it was so interesting how the author handled Rosie’s part of the story. Not just the story itself, but also the way it was written – it just gripped my attention and wouldn’t let go until the wonderful end.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

The tender romances and the way Rosie’s story was written.

What I didn’t like about this book:

A slang word used regularly.

Rating 5 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others? Yes. Wonderfully imperfect characters, tender romance, and a great spiritual message. This is the second book in this series and it can be read as a standalone.

Note: I received this book complimentary from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed here are honest and my own.

-Loraine Nunley

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Amanda Wen, author website

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