Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Fell in Love Right from the Start

Arson wasn't the only fire that ignited between them. Promises shattered. Lies spoken. She was arrested. He returned to the safety of his wealthy parents.
Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialists in the field of speech therapy. They meet again . . . thrown together to help a four-year-old-girl rendered mute after being rescued from a fire. 
Years of secrets and anger beg to be set free as Hadley and Monroe try to push aside past hurts and find common ground in order to help the traumatized child and her family.

Can the love of Christmas past drift into 
the present, bringing healing and hope for all?


Meet the Authors:
Cindy Woodsmall is the New York Times and CBA best-selling author of twenty works of fiction. She's been featured in national media outlets such as ABC's Nightline and the Wall Street Journal. Cindy has won numerous awards and has been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains. She can be found online at cindywoodsmall.com.


Erin Woodsmall is a writer, musician, wife, and mom of three. She has edited, brainstormed, and researched books with Cindy for almost a decade. She is very excited about their first coauthored book.


My Take:
I am still whirling from the heart-rending emotion of reading this book. Touching, Beautiful, Inspiring... It was such a quick read for me. Once I picked it up, I literally struggled to put it down, sneaking every moment I could find to read just a little bit more. 

The story is a story of struggle, misunderstanding, pain, love, forgiveness, and so much more. My heart went out to young Hadley as she faced her trials alone, and yet, I understood in part the struggle her foster parents must have gone through again.  After years, of foster care living, making mistakes and feeling like a misfit, this was Hadley's final straw.

I felt trapped with Monroe, Hadley's boyfriend, as his parents manipulated the situation in their favor while offering hope. It grated my nerves. His willingness to sacrifice for her though - spoke of true love. Yet, in some ways I really wanted to see him stand up for himself and others around him. 

All the characters were amazing, Elliot - a loyal friend, going the extra mile, sacrificing for those she loved, yet always carrying around the wounds she'd been dealt and struggling to trust.  Trent - his gentle, understanding, compassionate nature was extremely appealing. I was immediately drawn to him, and hoped Elliot would budge a little, and at least give him a chance. 

Having seen both sides of the fence, this story really tore at my heart. I, of course, rooted for Hadley and Elliot. But I also hoped, in the end, love would win out, and all would find happiness and forgiveness. I loved how each character was shaped by their past and yet, with God's help was able to overcome and use their experiences to better the lives of those around them. I also gleaned some interesting information on apraxia and selective mutism. 

I can't recommend this book enough!! Yes!! You will want to get your copy of this one.
I received a free copy courtesy of Litfuse Publicity. I was not asked to review positively and all opinions are my own.  


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