You Are the Reason is book one in the Heart of Moreland Manor series. There is also a prequel, This I Promise You, which is set in the same town. I enjoyed the prequel, yet it does not have to be read in order to enjoy this novel.
This is a story of two people, Gabe and Everley, who have both wandered from trusting in God and have begun trusting in themselves instead. They have differing reasons for having done this and different fears that keep them from completely letting go of control for most of the book. Gabe fears failure and has taken advantage of a relationship that will also ensure monetary success for his business. Everley took a chance on love years ago and lost everything. She keeps a tight rein on her life and is unwilling to take risks.
Gabe and Everley had a very back and forth relationship. They were at odds much of the time, yet also seemed drawn to each other. I felt that there were a handful of times when Gabe should have stepped back and not given into the feelings he had carried for Everley for so long, being as he was in a relationship with another woman. Yet even these actions fit with the confusion he had in his life. In the end, I was very happy with the way things worked out for these two and the emotional and faith journeys that they both worked through.
I received a complimentary copy of this book but ended up reading it through Kindle Unlimited. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
A reluctant heiress.
A driven contractor.
An abandoned house in want of a family.
CPA Everley Scott knows exactly what she wants. Status quo. But when her inheritance of Moreland, an 1846 manor house, is at risk of being razed, she agrees to fulfill her mother’s final wishes to restore the house to its former glory and hire her contractor of choice.
Historic restoration specialist, Gabe Bellevue, is in need of a big contract to buoy his reputation as New Orleans’ go-to guy. Stunned at his hefty price, Everley is cornered into involving a high-profile production company that offers funding in return for rights to film the project.
Production’s strict schedule pressures Gabe to rush the job, but his refusal could cost him the deal of a lifetime … and his last shot at satisfying unrequited love for Everley—his high school crush.
The discovery of an impassioned plea penned in the 1800’s by a former Moreland heiress might be the key to unlock Everley’s heart and enable her to embrace the historic treasure. Especially when it comes with a highly capable—and increasingly irresistible—contractor.
Will Moreland, once again, enjoy the sound of love and laughter within its walls?
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