A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built a life far removed from her trailer park teen years. Until an interruption from her estranged mother reveals that tragedy has struck in her hometown and a reluctant Bethany is called back to rural Iowa. Determined to pay her respects while avoiding any emotional entanglements, she vows not to stay long. But the unexpected inheritance of farmland and a startling turn of events in Chicago forces Bethany to come up with a new plan.
Handsome farmhand Evan Price has taken care of the Quinn farm for years. So when Bethany is left the land, he must fight her decisions to realize his dreams. But even as he disagrees with Bethany’s vision, Evan feels drawn to her and the pain she keeps so carefully locked away.
For Bethany, making peace with her past and the God of her childhood doesn’t seem like the path to freedom. Is letting go the only way to new life, love and a peace she’s not even sure exists?
The prologue of the story starts off with memories of when Bethany was 12 years old. And so, the novel is set, and throughout it the reader strives to find out the why. In the end, Bethany does say why, but the reason may not be what you expect it to be. Except for the times when a memory is told, (which is told in first person, past tense, from Bethany’s point of view) the story is told in third person past tense. This is the way I prefer to read a novel, and in this case works well for the author and reader. Emotional angst is brought in, and I felt the pain, the confusion and impatience as things did not work out for either of the main characters.
Being a farmer myself, I related to some of the issues, but I believe that even without that, the reader will enjoy the story.
Through these remenisces we find out the background to the issues surrounding the story, from the distance between mother and daughter, as well as Bethany and God. Bethany’s growing maturity came through clear. Evan was a sensitive man, but not unbelievably so, and frustrated enough at the way his life was going to be realistic.
I would recommend this story to anyone loving a romance with some depth to it.
I received this book free from Waterbrook Press through their Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest opinion, which I have given. These thoughts are my own.