About the book:
Can love redeem a broken past?
Shelby Kincaid is ready to move forward after the death of her husband left her devastated. With high hopes for the future, she longs to purchase her family's homestead, Misty Willow, so she can raise her young daughters in the only place she ever truly belonged. She plans to transform the abandoned house into the perfect home of her memories. But she has her work cut out for her.
AJ Sullivan never wanted Shelby's family homestead in the first place. His grandfather left it to him as punishment for not following his wishes, and he's let it fall into ruin. AJ's more than happy to unload it to this spitfire of a woman. But even after angry exchanges over the state of the house, he can't get her off his mind.
With writing that evokes a strong sense of place and family history, Johnnie Alexander deftly explores the ties that bind us to home--and the irresistible forces that draw us to each other.
This was a wonderfully written romance about letting go of the past and second chances! There were so many sweet romantic moments, but AJ and Shelby both fought against the pull toward each other. Shelby's blamed the Sullivan family for the loss of her heritage for years and can't accept that she could be attracted to a Sullivan. AJ has felt such guilt over an event in his past that he doesn't feel he can trust or love again. It was beautiful seeing how their story evolved. I loved both of their characters and was really rooting for AJ while his cousin Brett tried to woo her, too. Brett was a real piece of work, but I liked the change we started to see in him and look forward to reading book two, which focuses on his story. The setting was beautiful and I definitely found myself wanting to move there. I loved the history involving the Underground Railroad that was brought in. The faith element was wonderful, too, and we were shown the struggles they were both dealing with in trying to trust and know God's will. I highly recommend this wonderful story and this is an author going on my watch list!
I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.