ebook, 272 pages
Published May 2017 by Covenant Communications
Emily Carter is on the fast track to success when the unthinkable happens: a tragic accident claims the lives of her parents. Now Emily must set aside her dreams and raise her two younger siblings, Annie and Bryce. Emily and Annie are sisters, but that doesn’t mean they are anything alike. Whereas Emily reacts to the tragedy with her characteristic stoic calm, passionate Annie spirals into depression. Just when things seem like they can’t get any more difficult, Emily’s older half-brother and his fiancée arrive not to help, but to claim the family home he’s inherited from their parents. Without a place to call their own, Emily must take action—and fast. When an exciting employment opportunity arises in Utah, the displaced Carters decide to build a new life in a new home. But it soon becomes clear that their future prospects will go far beyond professional, as each sister is faced with an unexpected romance. Yet love is never simple, and in matters of the heart, one sister must proceed with caution while the other needs to take a leap of faith . . .
My Review: 4.5 Stars
I LOVE re-tellings, especially when a story takes a life of its own, exactly as this one did. This modern version takes on characters belonging to two different religions, which I found fascinating.
Emily steps in as a parent when her parents die and deals with all kinds of drama, from an older half-brother kicking them out of their home, to a difficult younger sister, to a spunky little brother, to a forbidden love interest, to a new job opportunity. To be honest, there were enough little changes that I had to second guess the outcome.
The characters are strong and solid, which really adds to the flavor of the tale. There's plenty of tension, romance, and excitement as Emily and her family, co-workers, and friends navigate their way through the ups and downs of life. I love characters that are easy to relate to, especially when they have such inspiring ways to deal with their challenges. The plot moves swiftly, yet is believable and I felt that I was a part of things, which made it all the more fun for me.
My only complaint--the ending was a little rushed and I wanted an epilogue or something to tie the thing off with a nice, tidy bow.
Content: mild romance (clean kissing), mild-moderate religion (nothing preachy, but rather informative)
*I received a copy from the publisher. A positive review was not required and all thoughts are my own.*
About the Author:
Brittany Larsen may be an Idaho girl living in California, but at heart she is English. She loves all things Jane Austen and counts the time she and her husband viewed the couch where Emily Bronte died as one of their most romantic moments ever. Sadly, he has no recollection of it. When not reading nineteenth century English literature or writing her own romances, Brittany loves spending time with her three incredible daughters, Emma, Tess, and Jane, and her amazingly supportive husband, Shawn.
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