Karen and Val are family--yet they're anything but close. Karen has carried the burden of responsibility for her aging mother ever since her gorgeous sister left town years ago to pursue a career in theater. But Val had darker reasons for leaving town--as well as a secret to keep--and coming home has never been an option . . . until their mother suffers a stroke.
Reunited in their hometown, Karen and Val must grapple with their past mistakes, their relationship with each other, and their issues with a mother who is far from ideal. When a physical therapist raising his daughter alone and a handsome but hurting musician enter the picture, the summer takes on a whole new dimension. As their lives intersect and entwine, can each learn how to forgive, how to let go, and how to move on? And strengthened by the healing power of faith, might they also find the courage to love?
With her trademark compelling characters and heartwarming hope, fan favorite Irene Hannon offers her readers an inspiring true-to-life tale of complex family relationships, transgressions revealed and forgiven, and the complicated process of finding love.
I loved this book. I was hesitant at first because of the subject and thinking it might be overdone. BUT its not in this book. This book has interesting characters and plot that held my attention from the beginning. I love this author's romantic suspense books and wanted to try this new contemporary fiction. I am an older sister and we fought like sisters growing up. We are 30 and 29 now. I am so happy to have her. Karen and Val are very different but by the end of the book they appreciate each other too. The romantic element was woven in neatly. There were a few other secondary characters too. It is a great read for any time of year. Highly Recommended. :)
Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of over forty books, including more than two dozen contemporary romance novels. Her romance fiction has won a coveted RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, a HOLT Medallion, and an RT Reviewers' Choice Award from RT Book Reviews magazine. Her popular Heroes of Quantico and Guardians of Justice suspense series have also won their share of awards, including the RITA, National Readers' Choice, Daphne du Maurier, Retailers' Choice, and RT's Reviewers' Choice. In addition, Booklist included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri.
For more information about her and her books, Irene invites you to visit her website at www.irenehannon.com.
Thank you Donna at Revell for my review copy.
Available May 2013 wherever Revell/Baker books are sold.