Susan Tuttle has an amazing talent for writing stories that completely immerse you in the lives of the characters! And, speaking of her characters, they are always wonderfully drawn and feel so real! Every one of them, including the secondary characters, really add to the overall story. I also love friends to more stories and this is one of the best I’ve read!
My favorite part of this story was a toss up between the banter between Rachel and Evan and Evan! Both were perfect! I mean Evan is up there in my book of top male characters! I also really loved Rachel and her growth throughout this story. You really felt for her and all she had gone through and completely understood why she protected her heart as she did.
I seriously loved the addition of floriology, the language of flowers, in this story. It was so interesting and I love how it was used by both Evan and Rachel. It really added a wonderful and meaningful element!
While reading this story, I felt the gamut of emotions. The humor had me laughing out loud and kept the story from being too heavy and my heart literally ached right along with the characters. This is definitely the mark of a great author! This story is one for the keeper shelf! Do not miss it! Definitely a top read of 2021 for me! All the stars!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is medium.
Once, her art brought her fame. This time will it bring her love?
Widowed homemaker Rachael Stark isn’t quite sure what comes after her only child leaves for college. To fill her suddenly quiet hours and scrawny bank account, she needs a job. But painful memories prevent her from resurrecting her former art career, and “motherhood” isn’t much of a résumé. When her best friend needs help recovering from a gunshot wound that occurred in the line of duty, she is there. Finally, someone to take care of.
Evan Wayne won’t let his injury keep him from being a police officer. His dedication to protect the innocent stems from the guilt he carries over having failed his childhood friend. What he needs now is to recover and get back on the streets. Instead, he’s handed a myriad of light-duty tasks by his captain—one of which involves heading up the department’s entry into the town’s annual mural contest. He’s not an artist, but he definitely knows one. And he’ll take any excuse to spend more time with her.
When Rachael agrees to paint for Evan, she never expects to also be drawn into finding answers for the mother of a missing child. As the two friends work side by side on the mural and the case, their feelings move beyond friendship. But with Evan unwilling to leave his dangerous job, and Rachael unwilling to risk another loss of a loved one, their fears may paint over the promise of a beautiful future together.