Wednesday, May 1, 2019
When He Found Me - Road to Refuge 1 - by Victoria Bylin
About the book:
Once a strong Christian, third baseman Shane Riley lost his faith the night he injured his knee in a freak car accident. Determined to return to professional baseball and to find the sister he treated badly, Shane retreats to Refuge, Wyoming. There he meets Melissa June “MJ” Townsend, a single mom battling the virus that causes cervical cancer.
MJ wants nothing to do with the handsome athlete—no doubt a womanizer considering the stories in the news. But when a mistake results in Shane renting her garage apartment, they become friends. That friendship blossoms into something deep and pure, leaving MJ with a painful secret to tell. Even more complicated, she discovers an unexpected tie to Shane’s missing sister—a wounded woman who wants nothing to do with the perfect brother who scorned her.
Whew! What a roller coaster ride this book was! The characters were wonderful, though I did find MJ's mom and Shane's sister, Daisy, a little frustrating. I really liked MJ and how strong and wise she was, to be dealing with her health issue while being a single mom and how she tried to be smart about Shane. This book really showed some consequences of premarital sex and that it's not all fun and games. I liked Shane a lot, too. He was really an upstanding guy who had made some bad choices and was struggling with his faith. He wasn't perfect but I admired how he treated MJ with respect. There was some sweet romance and some suspense. I liked the different spiritual discussions they had as Shane had turned his back on his faith, MJ was a baby Christian and Daisy doesn't know if she believes in God. They all had a lot of baggage to deal with and it wasn't sugarcoated that grace covers everything but there are still consequences to sin. A cool aspect to the story was that MJ found old letters in the attic and learned about a possible ancestor and some bad decisions she made and how her life turned out. If you enjoy stories about real issues with some romance thrown in, you should check it out!
I received a Kindle copy of this book from JustRead Tours. I was not compensated for this review; all opinions are my own.