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Returning Home: A Freedom Lake Novel Kindle Edition
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It's somewhat difficult to find books that have heroes or heroines that aren't perfect...nice looks, perfect hair, and yes , legs that work.
It was so refreshing to read a book that spoke of the difficulties of life, but also the love of our blessed Redeemer. The characters are real with some true raw, realistic life challenges. I enjoyed the storyline, and I so enjoyed the strong faith theme in this book.
Please do yourself a favor and take a journey with Jo and Evan...this book has the ability to touch your heart and challenge you in your spiritual walk.
I received this book from the author. All opinions are my own.
Has it ever been hard to forgive someone who’s deeply hurt you?
Have you ever felt so broken both physically and emotionally that you don’t want to move? Well, both characters in this story are right there.
They knew each other years ago, they were even friends, yet, high school years can be hard, and often cruel.
Jo knows this first hand because Evan was that one boy who hurt her soul deeply, and she thought she’d never see him again. Then an accident happens, and Evan moves back home broken and in need of a friend. Can she find it in her heart to forgive him? Can he learn he needs to give God the control, and accept his limitations?
Toni Shiloh has written a beautifully touching story with rich word pictures. Many times, I felt deep emotions as I was reading this book. She has a wonderful way of conveying the feelings of each of the characters in this book.
I loved Jo’s grandma – Nana. I can just picture a wish older woman giving out words so rich. There’s one quote I loved, where Jo is questioning her grandma and her grandma answers so beautifully. Jo says, “Are you saying people still mess up even if they’re Christians?” “Yes, dear heart, because you’re human. We won’t be perfected until we’re praising our Lord in the kingdom of heaven. But the beauty of His gift is that we no longer have to pay the price for our mistakes – past, present, or future. We’re redeemed, baby girl, redeemed.”
These words give such assurance and hope. Thanks Toni Shiloh for your wonderful words.
There were also some interesting side characters which might be fun to hear their stories. Hopefully the author will be putting out future books with their stories. Until then, I just may have to re-read this one to glean more from Grandma Nana.
I truly enjoyed this book and highly recommend everyone to read it!
Series: Freedom Lake
Genre: contemporary, romance
Publication date: September 26, 2017
Number of pages: 294
A review copy of this book was provided by SLB Tours. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
The main characters, and even the side characters, faced tough situations both in their pasts and in the present. These various events shaped their beliefs and oftentimes resulted in simmering anger and stubborn wills. I appreciated the clear spiritual thread throughout the novel, as characters worked to understand God and how He had been working in their lives all along, even in the tough times.
I really enjoyed watching the relationship develop between Jo and Evan. They certainly had their ups and downs, misunderstandings, and many romantic moments. I am looking forward to reading future books in this series.
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