Monday, July 25, 2022

TURN TO ME, A Misty River Romance, by Becky Wade, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

" . . . she needed time to ask God what He would have her do regarding the 'Restoration of Luke'. Whenever new animals came into her universe, she assessed them and formulated a plan. She'd now confidently arrived at a five-step program that had worked well with wounded canines in the past."

"She staunchly refused to surrender Luke Dempsey to darkness."

Finley Sutherland was amazing when it came to restoring life back into the menagerie that came into her Furry Tails animal rescue center . . . but wounded men? Luke Dempsey had breezed into her life most reluctantly; after all, she was only a stop along his way to a brand new life in Montana, simply fulfilling a dying promise that he had made to her father. And what a promise it turned out to be . . . helping Finley solve a somewhat mysterious series of clues; a birthday treasure hunt, the last one she would ever take; and apparently for this one, she needed a bodyguard.

"Since meeting her, he'd been unable to get her out of his head. He'd existed alone in his apartment before starting work at Furry Tails. Now she existed in these rooms with him." Finley was all life and light and good and cheery; in contrast to Luke's pessimism, she was a sunbeam . . . a very irritating little sunbeam. She knew he avoided people, and pets for that matter, but that didn't stop the little energizer from pulling him into projects against his will . . . like Agatha!(the little sleep snatcher!) On that other hand, Luke couldn't resist Finley, and that was becoming a problem. He would move heaven and earth to keep Finley safe; he couldn't, wouldn't, fail.

This story's deep, magnetic pull of a broken, brooding hero towards his lady love is nothing short of amazing. On some level (very faint at first) Luke and Finley share common ground; guilt. Having both suffered extreme loss for which they feel responsible, their lives traversed totally different paths; Luke was determined to self-destruct while Finley tried her best to self-construct; both a form of the same emotional wall. Ultimately, it's their perspective of grace that is going to make all the difference . . . for both of them. (and don't forget about that treasure hunt!)

"His economy isn't about works. It's about grace . . . You're free . . . every chain is broken. . . " 

*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 4.5 stars
Bethany House Publishing, May, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook:
Buy TURN TO ME at Amazon, Christianbook. com, or Baker Book House 

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