Rena has come back from the big city. She left her small hometown to make it big on Broadway. But she has come back a shattered woman with secrets too tragic to share. She meets Cody while helping on a community project of building homes for the homeless. After getting nearly trounced by Cody's exuberant dog, the two begin a troubled relationship.
Cody has some issues of his own, recently losing his brother. He is a gentle and patient man, however, and is willing to coax Rena into opening up. Rejection comes easily to Rena, even when it is not intended. She so fears what Cody will do when he knows the truth about her. It seems they may never come to the point of of a loving acceptance of each other.
This is a novel of restoration and God's grace. It is also about the guilt we impose on ourselves when tragedy happens, even if it was beyond our control. This is a rewarding romance to read.
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, 167 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through the Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.