A brand new Christian, Julia is busy trying to run her own business, spend time with her widowed mother, and raise her young son, Max, despite his father's less-than-ideal influence on him. When a big account from her event-planning business sends her to the Caliente Springs resort, she's shocked to come face-to-face with Zeke Monroe, the resort's general manager and her college sweetheart.
With his faith in tatters, Zeke Monroe is determined to keep the historic Caliente Springs resort running despite financial difficulties. But when Julia walks back into his life, he can't ignore the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client's dream wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. When Zeke and Julia are pushed to their limits both personally and professionally, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together?
This is the first novel I've read by Victoria Bylin, although she has written I think 17 previously, and I am hooked! In some ways this was not just a fluff read, the characters were so real and facing demons from their past, some that would continue to be part of their lives. I appreciated the real struggles they went through in their relationship with each other and with God.
There was a bit of suspense to the novel, just the right amount. And a mostly happy ending. My only complaints were that the spiritual resolution for Zeke seemed a bit rushed. And I had to laugh that within the first three chapters he had "propped his hip against the desk" no less than 4 times. That or against the hood of a car. I think this author likes to provide visuals for action, but that particular phrase just stood out to me and made me laugh.
All in all, I would highly recommend this book. It kept me guessing for quite a while, but overall was a plausible story set in reality.
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Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances known for their realistic, relatable characters. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and the RT Reviewers' Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky.
I received this book from LitFuse Publicity in exchange for my fair and honest review.