- File Size: 4419 KB
- Print Length: 385 pages
- Publisher: Chanson Books; 1 edition (March 5, 2019)
- Publication Date: March 5, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07PFKL2D4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,873 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Refuge at Pine Lake: A Pine Haven Novel Kindle Edition
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In "Refuge at Pine Lake," Rose Chandler Johnson addresses this taboo topic in a way that people can relate to. She immediately transported me to Pine Lake. I could feel the intensity of Matthew McLaughlin's pain, his desire to remain disconnected yet his need to connect to Robin Lancaster and others outside the cocoon in which he had enveloped himself. I could sense easy-going Robin's initial discomfort in the presence of Matt's gruff demeanor. Thankfully, being a teacher, she was patient with their situation. They each became the person the other needed.
I hope others will read this book, experience the characters' healing and growth, and decide to reach out when they see others are in pain. Well done, Rose Chandler Johnson! I will anxiously await your next novel!
Robin is 26. She is a very talented artist and children's books author. She is not published. She is a teacher and has taken a year off to spend time at her families lake house and to hone her talent. She is also determined to have the crush of her life turn into something more. Caleb is the hunk that loves everyone. He is a fishing and hunting guide and has his own business just starting. He has told Robin that he will not marry for many years, he wants to get his business up and running and making money before taking on a wife and family. Robin is sure that when he does decide to pick a bride she will be first in line. She has talked herself into being in love with him.
Caleb is a nice enough guy but he is a bit immature and just hasn't hit manhood yet. He is good looking and knows it and the ladies all have a crush on him. Especially a family friend that has known him since childhood.
Tom is a professor and author, he lives in California and teaches at a university there. Several years ago he lost his wife when he wrecked their car in a terrible accident. He has never recovered and has fallen into depression and despair. He feels he is responsible and he has not been able to forgive himself or move forward. His friend set him up to have a sabbatical at a lake house in a small Georgia town. It is Robin's house and she had plans to spend the summer there as well. She decides to convince Tom that she is his hostess at their B&B and she will stay in an apartment at the back of the house and give him the house. The ruse works.
This is a sweet romance. A young woman that grows up and lets go of some fantasies she has created. Tom makes a complete transformation as he recovers from his grief. It is a sweet story that any age could read. It does have the Christian overtones so anyone liking that genre would be happy with the book. I would definitely recommend it for readers that like the innocent stories.
I was not paid for this review. I am not a writer nor do I know one. I am not kin to this author. I am a reader and this is my opinion, nothing more, nothing less. 10/7/2019