- Affection for others
I just love a Colleen Coble book. So much suspense and so much romance come together to create a perfectly entertaining story.
In this book, we get to know Kate and the internal struggles she goes through each day following the trauma of her past life. Kate is so unsure of herself and convinced she is incapable of being loved. She believes her life is destined to caring for the dwindling blueberry farm her mother had, and her happiness is not important. We see Kate struggle with love and with being loved. We also get to see her reminded of God's great love for her and for His children.
Drake seems like such a great guy. He has taken in his nieces following the death of their parents, and he struggles to raise them the best he can. He also is determined to find the true cause of death of his brother and sister-in-law, and won't stop until he finds the truth. He is bold about his feelings for Kate, and seems like the perfect man to help her recover from her trauma. He is also strong in his faith and uses God's love to get him through some of the most difficult aspects of his life.
This book had me on the edge of my seat throughout each page. I loved the suspense of having a stalker and a convicted convict on the loose. I found myself talking to Kate (and maybe double checking the locks on my own doors) as she struggled with knowing she was being watched.
I loved the drama leading up to finding the identity of the stalker, and I really loved how this book ended. Put it on your reading list for sure.
From the very beginning of this series I have been looking forward to Riley's story, and I believe Denise Hunter saved the best for last.
It is no secret Riley has been in love with Paige from the beginning of time. He has sacrificed his entire life to make sure his love for her was kept under wraps and she was able to live her life happy and free. He enlisted in the military to get away from her, and this book begins as he is returning home - an amputee with a dark cloud over his heart.
Although Paige has appeared in previous books in this series, we really get to know her in this book. She is such a loving woman with a huge passion for helping others and making sure others are happy. She has been abandoned multiple times in her life and expects everyone to eventually leave her. As her feelings for Riley began to grow, Paige is terrified of how it is going to affect their friendship they have had for so many years. Her fear of abandonment really comes forward as she is working through her true feelings for Riley.
It is in that moment when Paige finally listens to God as He reminds her she is always loved and always His that this story really begins to take off. Paige becomes brave and ready to face her fears. Riley also decides it is time to be truthful about his feelings. The result? Read the book to find out, haha!
I have loved this series so much and will miss the Callahan brothers. I cannot wait to see what Denise brings us next.