What a great Christian romance.
seven year old Charlotte has a tea room in a coastal town in Texas.
It had been her childhood dream and she enjoys mixing the special
combinations her customers prefer. It is a popular gathering place
and people really like her. Life is not what she had hoped, but she
her life suddenly becomes very complicated when Sam walks into her
tea room. Sam whom she dated in high school. Who had asked her to
marry him. Whom she had to turn down. Sam, whom she still loved and
always would, even though he had moved away and established his own
life. And Sam has a woman on his arm. His fiancée, Audrey. Charlotte
tries to hide the pain as they ask her if she would make the food for
their wedding reception.
that opening scene, the novel is off and running. Sam and Audrey have
come to Middlebury because Sam's dad is dying. The hateful old man
has a few last words for Charlotte before he dies. Crushing words
that make it all the more understandable why he forced her to decline
his son's offer of marriage all those years ago.
still has feelings for Charlotte. Will he end up marrying the wrong
woman or is there hope that true love will win out?
is a delightful Christian romance. I loved it when Charlotte would go into her closet to cry and pray – literally, into her broom closet.
And the characters are wonderful. There is old Mr. LaGrange, an
atheist he says. Charlotte can see the pain behind his eyes.
Meredith, the owner of the antique store next door is a kick,
especially when she sets her eyes on Pastor Wally. And who is the
mysterious Justin, a homeless man with uncanny insight? I just loved
has crafted a well written, well plotted novel with characters who
are believable. The dialog is great. There is some enjoyable humor.
And there is a great deal of romance waiting to happen.
Higman is an award winning author or coauthor of over thirty
books. She recently received the 2013 Inspirational Reader's Choice
Award, is a two time finalist in the 2013 Selah Awards, and a
finalist in the 2013 Cascade Awards. She holds a BA in the combined
fields of speech communication, psychology, and art. You can find out
more about her at http://anitahigman.com.
Press, 304 pages.
received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for
the purpose of this review.