About the Book:
When Holton lost his wife, Adele, in a freak accident, he shut himself off from the world, living a life of seclusion, making drifwood sculptures and drowning his pain in gin. Until twenty-three-year-old Libby knocks on his door, asking for a job and claiming to be a friend of his late wife. When he discovers Libby is actually his late wife’s illegitimate daughter, given up for adoption without his knowledge, his life is turned upside down as he struggles to accept that the wife he’d given saint status to was not the woman he thought he knew.
Together Holton and Libby form an unlikely bond as the two struggle to learn the identity of Libby’s father and the truth about Adele, themselves, and each other.
This is a book about finding yourself, finding the person God meant you to be, and giving that person to others. However, even though the book is Christian fiction, there was no real hint of religion or faith until about halfway into the book. Libby is a young engaged woman. She loves her fiancee and knows he loves her, but she feels smothered by him. She doesn't think her mother loves her and she knows her father doesn't--he left her when she was small and never came home; instead he started a new life with a new family. When she learns she was adopted she goes in search of her birth mother, someone else who has rejected her. Instead, she finds Holton, her birth mother's husband who has been drinking himself into a stupor since her mother was killed in an accident. Wanting to know him better before telling him about her birth mother, Libby talks her way into an internship in Holton's art studio. As the book progresses both Holton and Libby have to take responsibility for the choices they make and have to learn to accept the love that is in their lives rather than the love they wish was there. Also they learned that when you value yourself and your work, others do too.
While the book has a happily ever after that includes romance, it is not a romance novel and I enjoyed reading a story that, while it had more depth than the average romance, was still an easy feel-good read. Grade: B+.
I'd like to thank the author for making a review copy available via NetGalley.