What a wonderful and heart-tugging story! I really felt for Gwen and all of pain she had been digging through over the past four years after her husband’s murder. It was beautiful to see the way she began to emerge again into the land of the living as she was forced to work with Nate to get the camp ready. Emotions and attraction that she did not think she could feel again began to work their way between them and it was clear that Nate was exactly who Gwen needed.
Nate’s backstory was painful and even though he had made huge gains and worked to make amends for wrongs he had done, it was clear that he still felt a heavy burden to make his past matter for something. He and Gwen both had some learning and some healing to do in this story.
I loved the slow build of their relationship. It was just perfect. They felt like real people to me and this camp and the at-risk campers felt real, too. I am hoping that this will be the first book in a series that will follow some of the other friends who were introduced in the story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Falling in love again wasn’t on her checklist, but he’s about to pencil it in.
Nate Reynolds’s ugly history has dogged him long enough. He has spent years reforming himself, but there has to be a purpose for all the pain in his youth. When he discovers the perfect campground for rehabbing juvenile delinquents, he sees his chance for redemption. Even if it means butting heads with the owner’s granddaughter, Gwen Doornbos, a woman who, for all her sharp edges, possesses a heart similar to his. The more time he spends with her, the more he envisions a future he once thought impossible.
Four years ago, Gwen Doornbos lost her husband at the hands of a troubled teen. Her dream of ministering to kids died with him, and she returned home to help her grandfather run their family summer camp until his retirement. That day has finally arrived, except her grandfather has other plans for Camp Hideaway, and they include the irritatingly handsome Nate, a do-gooder with more brawn than sense who insists on bringing the past right to her door.
When an accident requires Gwen to temporarily assist Nate, she discovers that the campers challenge her in ways she’s not ready to face. Yet if she can find the courage to stay, the darkness that has shrouded her for so long may lift to reveal a love arriving out of the blue.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
ACFW Carol Award finalist Susan L. Tuttle lives in the Mitten State of Michigan where she’s a mom of three and happily married to her best friend. Between still homeschooling her youngest and leading the women’s ministry at church, she finds time to write stories filled with inspiration, hope, and encouragement. Connect with Susan at susanltuttle.com.