Blake is stuck in the past. Every night he visits his wife’s grave and places flowers on her roadside memorial. He cannot forgive himself for her death. He was driving the car, though no-one blames him, he cannot stop blaming himself. Deena lives terrified of her past. Constantly on the move, she wishes she could give her daughter Kat a stable home, but the mean searching for her are ruthless and will never stop. Even when she is in a safe place, her mind won’t let go of the constant fear.
When Blake almost runs down Deena and Kat in a storm, he takes them to his town for the night. They stay with Mama Jo before planning to move on the next day. Though sometimes life has other plans. A tiny house for rent may be just what this little family needs. A journal hidden in the hearth tales a story of a man and the girl he loved. Deena sees so much of herself in the story.
This is a lovely story of hard lives, hope and the power of love. The author did a wonderful job capturing my interest from the first page. I was quickly involved with the story and rooting for Deena. The story is a one sitting read and while I was glad it was short, I was sad it was over so quickly. Though at times it felt rushed, I didn’t want to put it down. An excellent mixture of suspense and romance, i was on the edge of my seat.
4 out of 5 stars.
Elmer Seward was born and raised along the Chesapeake Bay in southeast Virginia. Growing up, the cemetery behind his house was his playground. The metaphorical theme of death and rebirth that figures prominently in his novels is probably influenced in some way by the time that his mother heard, through the screened window, a small voice crying for help. Rushing from the house and through the yard, she discovered her all-too-curious six-year-old son at the bottom of a freshly dug grave. In that moment, he discovered that trouble is much easier to get into than it is to get out of. Sometimes we need help getting out of the hole that we jump into willingly.
He is blessed to have a large blended family. He is also the reluctant servant of three crazy dogs, a Maltese, a Japanese Chin, and a BruMaltChiYorkie. All of these strongly influence the characters and events in his novels; however, his beautiful wife, Mitzi, is the true inspiration for the tender hearted but determined women in his stories.
He is the author of two previous novels, Hearts in the Storm and Dreams of the Sleepless.
Website – www.elmerseward.com
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