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- Publication Date: August 15, 2017
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- Language: English
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Journey To Faithful (The Faithful Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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But when this favor ends up with him taking two women back to his hometown of Faithful, Tennessee and watching out for them, he is unprepared for his own reaction. He doesn't like change or anything that throws him off balance. He is more of a man of action than words. But he had no idea what he was getting into.
Laura Howard is naturally beautiful, sassy, smart, and brave. She's been on her own awhile and has her own past issues and insecurities. She recently became involved in a situation with Sam that has left her and her friend, Esther needing help. Esther Has her own challenges, and definitely needs some time to heal and figure out her own life. This is their journey towards safety, freedom, acceptance, and family. And it is being led by a man who is not sure of anything.
Jake hasn't had such a strong reaction to a woman in years. But he doesn't think he has anything to give to someone. And Laura struggles with her own faith in the future and her own self worth. But being in close proximity makes resistance futile. They find a connection and chemistry neither expected or are sure they are ready for. But they will both have to decide if they can share their secrets and demons, and if they are willing to take a risk. Neither is sure they are a safe bet due to their own doubts. But those around them would love to see two good people find some happiness.
There are interesting side characters in this town and more stories that need telling especially Sam, Delilah, Kyle, John, and Esther especially. Jake's grandmother, Mercy, and her friend, Grace cracked me up. They were spitfires with good hearts, and stole every scene they were in. . I even fell in love with the dogs. It was told in multiple point of views giving us access to many of the characters. There was a layered danger and suspense plot running in the background along with the romance and struggles with faith.
This was a heartfelt, sexy, funny, emotional story of hope, healing, loss, love, family, faith, and living life to its fullest. This author vividly created the scenes and the town of Faithful and gave the characters depth and complex back stories. I really liked both Jake and Laura and could understand their reservations and feelings. I enjoyed getting to see a more vulnerable side of Jake under his stoic, guarded facade. And seeing the women find a place where they had the potential to blossom. There really was a lot going on in this book. There were twists and surprises that kept the story interesting and added more drama.
Many things were resolved, but there are still a few lingering story elements to bleed into the next book in the series. I am truly interested to see where she takes the next couple of books because I am already interested in the characters. My only real issue was with some stylistic choices as far as transitions, timing, and flashbacks that took me out of the story a bit. But overall, I enjoyed this journey and immersion into life in Faithful with a group of strongwilled people with close ties and plenty of issues to deal with. It kept me tense, made me laugh, surprised me at times, and touched my heart.
I love guilty pleasure reads and if an author writes a certain type of story or has a certain type of hero, sometimes I’ll read those books even if the writing isn’t that great or the stories need some work. But it’s always nice to run across a newer author that’s not writing crap. While there's nothing particularly amazing about this writing, nothing crazy or over the top in the story line, I just overall really liked it. And with some of the crap I find myself reading these days, a solid writer with good stories is something to be excited about.