What a great story! There are two couples in this book who make their way through the difficulties that stand in their paths toward happily-ever-after and their journeys are worth the read.
The primary characters, Jon and Leah, have a complicated history of miscommunications all through high school. It was eye opening to read as they recounted events that occurred and Jon had clearly meant one thing and Leah interpreted it as another. Leah had huge trust issues. Honestly some of the biggest trust issues that I have ever read about in a book. But her journey with Jon was compelling and my heart ached for him at various times in the novel.
The secondary story, Madison and Colby, was so sweet. I loved the heart that Colby had for Madison and her unborn child. The working friendship that developed between them soon began to move toward attraction and love, but Madison carried a lot of hurt from her past. Colby was just the man for her, but they had some hurdles to overcome first.
Since You’ve Been Gone is book three in the Restoring Heritage series. I think this book can be enjoyed if you haven’t read the other stories, but you will appreciate the appearances by many other characters from earlier books and the setting even more if you have read the earlier stories. I have read the full length novels from this series but have not yet read the novellas connected to it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Leah Williams is back in the quaint town of Heritage, Michigan, and ready to try again to make her business a success. But blank slates are hard to come by, and a piece of her past is waiting for her there. Heir to the Heritage Fruits company, Jonathan Kensington is the guy who not only made Leah’s past difficult, he also seems determined to complicate her present as well.
Jon is trying to prove to the Heritage Fruits board that he, not his manipulative uncle, should be running the business. The board insists Jon find a new owner for the building that will house Leah’s business. To avoid forcing a buyout of Leah’s part of the building, Jon strikes a compromise with Leah, and the two go into business together. With her vision and his know-how, it might work. And Leah might realize he’s loved her since high school. If only he didn’t keep on shooting himself in the foot by boxing her out of important decisions.
Sparks fly in this romantic story of two people who must learn to trust both each other and the one who called them to this journey.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I have been writing fiction for more than twelve years. It has been an exciting journey for this math-loving-dyslexic girl. I had read less than a handful of novels by the time I graduated from college and I thought I would end up in the field of science or math. But God had other plans and I wouldn’t trade this journey for anything. As someone told me once, God’s plans may not be easy, and they may not always make sense but they are never boring.
Represented by Wendy Lawton at Books & Such Literary Management, I am a member of ACFW and My Book Therapy. I am a 2017 Genesis winner, 2016 Genesis finalist and double semi-finalist, 2014 Genesis finalist, 2012 Genesis semi-finalist, and a 2012 Frasier bronze medalist.
In addition to my writing, I also work for My Book Therapy as a special project project manager and blog coordinator for LearnHowToWriteAnNovel.com and you can find me blogging over there on occasion.
When I am not writing or working, I spend time with my amazing husband. We have been married for fifteen wonderful years and have three sweet children. In my free time, I love coffee, rock hounding with my husband and kids, and distracting myself from housework.