Carol Ann Erhardt
"So much for the extolled virtues of a small town."
Hope just wanted to escape her ex-husband and find a way to start a new life. But that life wouldn't be complete without her step son, Joshua, whom she has raised almost all his life. When there seems no other recourse, Hope decides to kidnap her stepson to protect him from his cruel and violent father. But when her ex ends up dead, everything gets much more complicated. Zach, they local sheriff is interested in Hope, and anxious to help her in whatever way he can. But he knows there is no way he can find a place in her heart if she keeps pushing God out of her life. And what will happen if she loses Joshua too?
My Opinion: This was an interesting read, but not at all what I had expected. It focused a lot on Hope's struggles to keep her step-son and everything else seemed to take a back burner to that. Another big focus was her relationship with God. The romance wasn't very romantic, though Zach was a great character. Their interaction was good when it happened. Some of the other plot lines had potential to be more than they were, but fizzled a bit. Much of the focus was on Hope and her spiritual journey and her angst for keeping her son. Overall it's a decent read, just not what I would normally expect from a romance and fell short of its potential for action and love.
I received a free copy of this book to review. No other compensation was given. The summary and review are 100% my own.