The big-city lawyer has no interest in his late, estranged grandparents or the dilapidated mansion he just acquired. After his high-profile divorce, he should be avoiding perky reporters, too. But Jami Carlisle is honest, funny, and undeniably appealing.
After breaking up with her safe-but-smothering boyfriend, Jami is determined to ace her first big assignment. A story about the McAllister estate is too intriguing to ignore---much like its handsome, commitment-phobic heir. Thanks to her digging, the pieces of Grant's fraught family history are gradually fitting into place, but also upending all his old beliefs.
The two draw closer as they share their dreams, until misread signals and misunderstandings begin to test their trust. But in the unspoiled beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there's healing and forgiveness to be found. And for Grant, this unplanned detour may be just what's needed to finally guide him home...
From medical secretary to court reporter to property manager to owner of a special-events decorating company, Carol J. Post's résumé reads as if she hasn't yet decided what she wants to be when she grows up. But one thing that has remained constant through the years is her love of writing. She started as a child composing poetry for family and friends, then graduated to articles for religious and children's publications. Now she pens fun, fast-paced inspirational romance and romantic suspense stories. Her books have been nominated for an RT Reviewers' Choice Best Book award and selected as an RT Top Pick. When Carol isn't writing, she enjoys sailing, hiking, camping---almost anything outdoors. She also plays the piano and sings with her music-minister husband. Their two grown daughters and their grandkids live too far away for her liking, so she now pours all her nurturing into taking care of a fat and sassy black cat and a highly spoiled dachshund.
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This was one my favorite books I've read this year. I was so drawn into the story and the author made me feel invested in the lives of the characters. I love a story like this!
The story is about two people damaged by things that have happened to them in life. How they deal with these things is totally different. We meet Grant and Jami who have been hurt by others and carry this hurt around with them in every area of their life. Especially in their relationships with others. How they deal with them is as different as night and day. Grant is angry with God and turning away from Him while Jami leans ever more on God.
There were so many feelings they both had that I could relate to, as I'm sure you'll find when you read it. It's so difficult to be hurt and then not harden our hearts. However, we see each of these characters grow in so many ways as the story progresses.
I love the setting of the small town in North Carolina and the supporting characters - many of whom really care about Grant and Jami and want to help them. The author made the setting and the characters very real and I could just picture it all.
I loved this story of forgiveness, redemption and faith. It is so well written and there was always a feeling of hope throughout the whole story - even in the hard parts. I absolutely love this book and I think you will, too! I give this book 5 out of 5 stars
*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group
Blessings - Julie