Meredyth determined long ago that she would marry Vance Everstone. But after one fateful night, everything changes forever. Vance leaves the country for six years, leaving her wondering and waiting. Meanwhile, Meredyth, dwelling too much on the past, tries to avoid falling for her best friend, Lawry Hampton…for why would he ever want her? They spend much time together, having a similar interest in caring for the needs of orphaned children. When Lawry tells Meredyth about starting an orphanage in Washington, an “accidental” kiss takes place, making things awkward between them. Meredyth has her own love of orphans as she and Lawry’s younger sister have been teaching at a school for sponsored orphans. One day they even rescue an orphan, Wynne, from freezing on the streets. This draws Lawry and Meredith closer than ever. News that Vance Everstone has married reaches Meredyth and her friends and family. Thinking she is free from Vance, she allows herself to dote in Lawry’s affections. But a few weeks later, Meredyth is informed that Vance is now widowed and will be coming home to marry her. A past mistake tying her to one man, but in love with another… Will Meredyth marry based on old ties or follow her heart and marry for love?
Dawn Crandall has done it again. From the first page, this novel will capture readers’ attention. This book continues the story of reader-related characters Meredyth Summercourt, Vance Everstone, and Lawry Hampton, mentioned in her previous novel, The Hesitant Heiress, as they learn from past mistakes and move forward with life. Well crafted, and beautifully written, this novel entices the reader into not wanting to put it down through its beautiful settings and personable characters. I would recommend this novel to readers who enjoy historical romance with an inspirational twist.
Series: The Everstone Chronicles
Genre: historical fiction; Christian fiction; romance; inspirational
Literary Awards: Genesis Contest Nominee
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication Date: November 1, 2014
Number of pages: 319, kindle edition
Other books in this series:
1-The Hesitant Heiress
3-The Captive Imposter