“Family wasn't necessarily family by blood, they were related by love, and Kendrick Creek was sure showing him a lot of that.”~page 126
Ruth Logan Herne always writes her books with plenty of heart and soul! Her characters come to life on the pages and the reader is immediately immersed in the story.
Here we meet Dr. Jess Bristol and Shane Stone who have come back to Kendrick Creek, Tennessee to help rebuild the town after a devastating fire. They've both had their share of a painful past history together that forces them to deal with it head-on. Shane is also raising his young niece and nephew after his sister passed away. He has plenty on his plate but soon discovers the townspeople are more than willing to lend a hand wherever needed. Jess is essentially an outsider, and finding her place among Kendrick Creek takes a bit of doing. It was wonderful to see that she bonded with Shane's niece Jolie and helped the young girl to heal from grief. I also really love Jess's Mom Mary! She was the glue that held things together and is full of wisdom when it came to life lessons. She's a gentle encourager and faith-filled woman who never stopped praying for her daughter.
Coming home isn’t always easy…in this novel from USA TODAY bestselling author Ruth Logan Herne.
Faced with a decades-old mistake, can she find forgiveness?
After a fire devastates her hometown, Dr. Jess Bristol returns to save her mother’s clinic—and comes face-to-face with her high school sweetheart. Over twenty years ago, Jess helped put Shane Stone in jail…and later learned he was innocent. Now they must work together to restore their town. Though Shane has put his past behind him, can the adoptive single father forgive the woman he once loved?
Harlequin Love Inspired: March 2021