Extremely difficult topics were tackled with grace and care in this addition to the Coastal Hearts series. It can easily be read as a stand alone if you haven’t read the other books.
Skye was definitely haunted by the events of her past. With the support of her adoptive mother, Skye worked to move past the abuse and assault she experienced in her former home life and became a marine biologist. Yet she lived in constant fear of not only her abuser’s release from prison, but also of being close to any man.
Pete had endured a horrible loss when his wife died, leaving him with an infant daughter. He was such a caring and wonderful father to Olivia. Pete was a great character and I appreciated how open he was to the internal nudging that he was receiving concerning Skye. He showed a great deal of compassion and insight as he began to get to know Skye and learned a little bit about her past.
I loved the way the gentle relationship developed between these two and the way Pete worked to point Skye to learning more about God. This was a captivating story!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
People can’t be trusted.
Animals always made more sense than humans did to marine biologist Skye Youngblood. After her mother’s suicide, she left Alabama and never looked back. These days, she pours her heart into protecting nature’s sea creatures. When she returns to Dauphin Island, Alabama, for a temporary manatee migration study, her dark past is much too close. She can’t let her guard down. But how can she keep her heart hidden when a kind man with a genuine smile makes her want a fresh start?
Charter fishing pays the bills for widower Pete Thompson and his little girl, but like his father, a pastor, Pete can’t help but fish for men. Only, after growing up under constant scrutiny as a preacher’s kid, Pete’s ways are a bit more unconventional. And the bulk of his life revolves around raising his precious daughter.
When he witnesses the car wreck of a new marine biologist on the island, it doesn’t take a genius to see that more than just her physical pain needs tending. Pete feels called to help Skye find true healing, but he’s navigating dangerous waters. And he’s not at all sure he’ll walk away unscathed.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Janet W. Ferguson is a Christy Award finalist and the FHL Readers Choice Award winning author of realistic inspirational fiction. An avid reader, she loved books so much she found a job as a librarian so she could be around them all day. Then she turned that love of story into writing faith-filled novels with characters who feel like best friends. You’ll laugh and cry as the quirky heroes and heroines chase their happily ever after.
Janet and her husband live in Mississippi where they say y’all a lot, and she forces him to visit the beach as often as possible. They have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a cat that allows them to share the space.