This book is a meandering journey, at times I wanted the pace to pick up and at other times I wanted to pause and enjoy the moment more. At the mid-point, I began to wonder what kind of rating I would give this one, I am a fan of Becky Wade and this was set to be a new favourite but I was struggling to pull the pieces of the puzzle together into a collective picture. Wow, am I glad I stuck with it, the twists in the end are awesome and I can now, honestly, say I am hooked on this series, these three interesting ladies and the adventure ahead of our romantic leads. Nora is easy to relate to and I recognised myself in her, a fellow bookworm and researcher. John was more opaque, though I am sure that was intentional, the book hit its stride for me when his character opened up. The writing is beautiful and these are a few of my favourite lines:

“Since sleep had served her divorce papers without her consent, she’d read late into the night each evening.”

“There was a peace to be found in surrendering. There was. But the Holy Spirit’s peace at this particular point in her life, was a hard-earned peace accompanied by tears.”

“…we so often long for a change in our circumstances. What’s ultimately of more value is God’s ability to strengthen us with power through His Spirit, so that we’ll be able to deal with the circumstances He doesn’t change. “

I have decided on 4 out of 5 on the en-JOY-ment scale, this one is full of laughter, reflections and unexpected turns! Sit back, take it easy and enjoy!

From the back cover:

Exciting Start of a Brand-New Series by a Contemporary Romance Fan Favorite. After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now. Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he’s diagnosed with an inherited condition, he’s forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother. The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John’s already dating someone and Nora’s not sure she’s ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they’re seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

Thank you to Netgalley and Bethany House for the advance copy.

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