Combat doctor Ian Shupe returns home from overseas with his most important mission: to raise his little girl. But Ian’s a single dad, and working at Eagle Point’s trauma center means having to find child care. When bighearted, struggling lodge owner Bri Landis offers babysitting in exchange for construction work, Ian accepts. He vows to keep his emotional distance from Bri, yet can’t deny that his daughter is blossoming under her tender care. But is he ready to believe that his heart’s deepest prayer may finally be answered?
Cheryl is one of the most amazing people you’ll ever meet. She’s a sweet friend and I thank God for her on a regular basis. At the ACFW conference, she took time out of her busy schedule to give me a big hug and pray over me when I needed it most [well, almost most – the second “downest” time I had at conference… but she wasn’t around the first one or I’m sure she would have then too :D].
So… the book.
I LOVED Tia – Ian’s little girl – and hated how her biological mother treated her. I respected Ian [mostly] for how he dealt with it and how he did his best to take care of both Tia and Bri. Bri is strong and stubborn with a bit too much pride and has a hard time accepting help from others but in the end she realizes that sometimes being strong means knowing your own limitations and asking others for help.
The towns of Eagle Point and Refuge are wonderful places I wish were real so I could go visit someday, but alas, it’s not to be.
Both Ian and Bri have issues to work through before they can be together, but they are, of course, able to do so in a [mostly*] timely manner. Little Tia is cute as can be and doesn’t hesitate to play matchmaker when she thinks the time calls for it.
Through one struggle after another, Ian and Bri learn to turn to the Lord for the help they need – help that often comes in the form of friends, family and each other. We also got a hint of what’s going on with Lauren and Mitch from The Doctor’s Devotion.
The sweet romance is no surprise to fans of Cheryl and they won’t be disappointed with this offering.
Be sure to pick it up soon as it’s a Love Inspired release and only on the shelves for a month [but on Amazon, etc. after that, of course ;)]. This is one you want to make sure you pic up sooner than later.
Overall Rating: 8.5 out of 10 stars