Families of Honor, Book 1
SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY
March 8, 2011
Avon Inspire, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Fiction / Religious
Rating: 4 Cups
The feelings of freedom and relief are nearly as strong as the guilt that Lucy Troyer carries in her heart. Her husband, Paul, was an abusive and hateful man, but to feel thankful he is no longer in her life makes Lucy pray to God for forgiveness.
When he took his family’s suggestion to get away for a while, Calvin Weaver felt sure it would not change his feelings. He lost his girl to his best friend, and no matter how he looks at it, it still hurts.
When times were the toughest for Lucy, her cousin Mattie came all the way from Ohio to be by her side, and now it is Lucy’s chance to return the favor. Meeting Calvin on her trip to Ohio felt at first like a gift from God, but when Calvin shows signs of a temper, Lucy shuts down any feelings that may have started to blossom. She is here to help Mattie cope with cancer, not fall for a man, and she tries desperately to remember that when just thinking of Calvin makes her heart soar. When Calvin learns of Lucy’s past, he is ashamed of his actions, and the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes his feelings for his ex-girlfriend do not hold a candle to what he feels for Lucy.
Lucy is a very injured soul, and it takes some time before her true personality reveals itself. She wants to dismiss all men as dangerous and cruel, but as hard as she tries, you know that deep down, her inner kindness will not let her walk away from Calvin. This is a man who recognizes his faults, and is not afraid to admit them, even if it costs him dearly. He has the strength of character to be the man Lucy needs to pull her out of her shell, and it is wonderful to watch him draw her out.
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