Eager for a fresh start, Rachel Clark moves to Fairhaven to direct the Northcoast Christian Youth Theater. Delighted with her new job and her handsome, widowed landlord, Cam McKenna (who also works as part of the Fairhaven Artists' Co-op), Rachel commits to helping her new artistic community work through their financial crisis.
But when her caring nature extends to helping Cam with his troubled teenage niece, a jealous co-worker rakes up the debris of Rachel's past, hoping to ruin her reputation in Cam and the community's eyes, and send her packing.
Cam's faith, shaky from his own crushing loss, is once again challenged, and Rachel must decide what is most important to her and how to face her accusers. Only the Lord can give either of them the courage and compassion they need to face their past AND their future.
Carrie Turansky, twice finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Carol Award, has written a compelling story demonstrating our need to give and receive understanding and compassion, and the rewards that come from picking up the pieces of a broken life in the Lord's strength. I loved the fresh setting and well developed characters--especially loved the theatrical teens. The tension of a suspicious character as well as the growing love story kept me turning pages. I never suspected one of the plot twists, but was delighted with the way it deepened the story. I'm glad I had a long plane flight to read this book--I did not want to put it down!