January Sanders grew up believing karma was more reliable than an imaginary higher power, but after suffering her worst heartbreak in 29 years, she’s open to just about anything, including taking a temporary position at her aunt’s church. Keeping her lack of faith a secret, January is determined to use her photographic memory to help Grace Community’s overworked staff, all while scraping herself off rock bottom.
What she doesn’t count on is meeting the church’s handsome and charming guitarist, who not only is a strong believer, but has also dedicated his life to Christian music. It’s a match set for disaster, and yet January has no ability to stay away, even if it means pretending to have faith in a God she doesn’t believe in.
Only this time, keeping secrets isn’t as easy as she thought it would be. Especially when she’s constantly running into her aunt’s landscape architect, who seems to know everything about her past and present sins and makes no apologies about pushing her to deal with feelings she’d rather keep buried.
Torn between two worlds incapable of coexisting, can January find the healing that’s eluded her or will her resistance to the truth ruin any chance of happiness?
‘There’s different rules for someone like me. I don’t get to call on an imaginary higher being for strength. I have to find it in myself.’
January Sanders moves into a cabin on her aunt’s wedding venue property after a devastating heartbreak, and even accepts a temporary position at her aunt’s church, despite the fact that she doesn’t believe in God. Then she meets the church’s gorgeous guitarist, a match that will not come to any good, but she can’t look away. Then she keeps running into the landscape guy at her aunt’s property, who uncannily seems to know her secrets and heart agonies. January finds herself completely torn and has no idea which way to turn.
Tammy L. Gray was not an author I had read before and I hesitated a bit before reading. Because sometimes you read a dud. Wow! Not this time. This book is already on my top reads list for 2020. It’s that good. I knew when I read that January did not believe in God that I was going to love watching God woo her and run her down. I am all in when an author has me connect with the characters from the first page. And Gray did just that. I felt as if I knew them from the very start and each one proved to be real and walk off the page folks. I could not put this book down! I spent every single spare moment reading it and grabbed it first thing this morning to finish. A novel of redemption, grace, mercy and forgiveness is one that will grab the reader from the start and not let go. It is so fascinating to see how God works behind the scenes in our lives to bring about His purposes. I just loved it! The writing is stellar and the plot is one that will hook you immediately.
*My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of this book. The opinions here are entirely my own.