This is a delightful romantic novella. Having inherited a Tennessee home from her aunt, Caroline can finally leave Chicago and the memories of the brutal murder of her husband. All she wants to do is concentrate on raising her six year old daughter and protect their hearts from being shattered again.
Her plans are disrupted when she meets Matt, her aunt's next door neighbor and contractor who is fixing up the house. He has issues he needs to work through too. He has guilt over the death of his wife and he is caring for the teen son of his alcoholic sister.
Manners has created wonderful and believable characters. Both Caroline and Matt are cautious of a new relationship, their hurt being so deep. Both sense an attraction and struggle with it. My favorite character is little six year old Callie. She is a kick, so open and honest and loving. Who wouldn't fall in love with her?
The plot moves along quickly. There are no fluffy scenes or dialog. It's all essential to the developing story. There is suspense too when little Callie goes missing on a stormy night.
Are you looking for a sweet Christian romance that is well written, with believable characters and a satisfying plot? This is it.
Mary Manners is an award-winning romance writer who lives in the foothills of East Tennessee with her husband and their cats. Her debut novel, Mended Heart, was nominated Best Inspirational Romance 2010 and was finalist for the Bookseller's Best Award. Her second novel, Tender Mercies, was a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Buried Treasures was named Book of the Year by The Wordsmith Journal. Light the Fire took top honors for the 2012 Inspirational Readers Choice Award. She writes romances of all lengths, from short stories to full length novels. You can find out more about her and her books at http://www.marymannersromance.com/.
White Rose Publishing, 230 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this novella through the Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.