Katherine came home to forget her past. The last thing she expected was to find her future.
Young widow Katherine Osborne returns to her family’s rustic camp on Raquette Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. She’s determined to live a quiet life, but her socialite mother is equally determined to push her into a new marriage while she’s still young.
Andrew Townsend has known Katherine since they were children. An attorney who is successful, but not wealthy, he knows she is socially out of his reach. But he’s curious about what changed the free-spirited girl he once knew into this private, somber young woman.
Katherine has kept hidden the details of her unsuccessful marriage. When past sins come to light, she must turn to God for the courage to be honest. But how can she trust the God she feels has let her down? When she confides in Andrew, their relationship takes a dramatic turn into uncharted territory.
Amid impossible obstacles, two young people must learn to trust enough to walk the path that God has cleared for them. A path that leads to healing and restoration. A path toward love.
|Contributor(s)||Cara Lynn James|
|About the Contributor(s)||Cara Lynn James
Cara Lynn James is the author of several novels including Love on a Dime. She's received contest awards from Romance Writers of America and the American Christian Fiction Writers. She resides in Florida with her husband Jim.
|Release Date||Aug 14, 2012|
- Review by Barbara
Katherine Osborne is a young widow trying to make a go of the citrus groves her husband left her after his death. His spendthrift ways and gambling depleted his fortune and her inheritance. Katherine’s father is coming to Florida to visit and bringing her lifelong friend, Andrew. She is convinced that her father is going to strongly persuade his daughter to go back to New York with him to the family summer camp in the Adirondack Mountains. Katherine’s mother is a formidable woman and is determined to see her daughter married to her best friend’s son, Randy. Andrew, Randy and Katherine were inseparable during their childhood. Randy is a playboy, while Andrew is a poor relation of Randy’s and a hard working employee of Katherine’s father.
Katherine is given an ultimatum to go back for the summer or forego a loan from her father. She knows that she will spend the summer trying to keep her mother from running her life, but she decides that she will return for a short time. The rest of the novel dwells on the constant manipulation of Katherine, Andrew and Randy by their parents. Katherine and Andrew are in love, but neither wants to push the boundaries and admit that they are meant for each other in God’s eyes.
I really had a hard time with this book. I found it very frustrating that these two mothers had so much influence on their children’s lives. Even more so, I was extremely irritated that they would threaten them with losing their inheritance, or, in Andrew’s case, his job. If Katherine lost her citrus grove, then she would be a woman without means to support herself and would have to conform to society’s mores and return to live with her parents and be under their watchful eyes.
I enjoyed this book, even though I didn’t care for the way society dictated peoples’ lives in the early twentieth century. I did get a picture of how the rich lived though. It seems that women were forbidden to work and spent their leisure time in frivolous pursuits.
I was sent this free Kindle book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson, and from the Blogging for Books website in return for my honest review.
You can find this review on my blog at http://wp.me/p2pjIt-6x, and on Good Reads at http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/653541061, and on Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/review/R1043YWFEKOF2J.
(Posted on 1/29/2015)