Paperback, 240 pages
Published January 12th 2016 by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
Source: I received a copy through the publisher in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 4 Stars
The last thing Valerie wants or needs is to work for Gage, whom she loathed as a teen. But Valerie’s husband just walked out on her and she needs the job. Together they discover that when it comes to the Church and each other, it’s all about second chances. This sweet LDS romance will renew your faith in love and redemption.
This is a companion novel to Pierced by Love but can stand alone. I enjoyed seeing the characters from the previous book make a few appearances.
Both Valerie and Gage have had a rough time of life and a chance meeting could put everything back on track--if Valerie can get over how horribly Gage treated her as a teenager and Gage can resolve his reservations about religion. I love the message of faith, redemption, forgiveness, and love that is hidden within these pages.
Sometimes, topics can be heavy--autism, divorce, inactivity in religion, trust issues, etc, but Ms. Walker tells the story in a way that comes across as hopeful and not depressing. The characters go through a lot of growth throughout their journeys and the result is causing the reader to feel some emotional attachment to them and to cheer them on. I appreciated that some of these harder situations were tackled and done in a very tasteful and encouraging way. I'm learning, as I go through my own life journey, that until you're actually experiencing a situation, it's really hard to feel true compassion and to steer away from judging. I loved that the people these characters encountered are real in their reactions and are also learning, therefore, they are not perfect.
Content: mild romance (nothing more than kissing and implied previous relationships); no violence or language; a lot of (heavy) religious references, specific to the LDS church. Clean!