Only when we let God write our love story do we live fully restored...
Mitch, a contractor and house-flipper, is restoring a beautiful old home in an idyllic Midwestern neighbourhood. Angela, a woman filled with regrets and recently transplanted to his area, is anything but idyllic. She's almost his worse nightmare. Unbeknownst to Mitch, Angela is also restoring something -- herself.
As he struggles to keep his business afloat and she works to overcome mistakes of her past, these unlikely friends soon discover they have something unexpected in common -- a young mom who is fighting to give her children a better life after her husband's incarceration. While Mitch and Angela are drawn to help this mother survive, they find themselves drawn to each other. Will a lifetime of regrets hold them back or unite them in redemption and true love?
Jennifer Slattery excels at writing about real life in all it's messiness. Her characters are flawed, struggling with the kind of issues that are all too common in our modern world. Meet Bianca -- a young mom struggling to raise her children in poverty, Angela -- a mature new Christian desperate to leave the sins of her past behind, and Mitch -- a devout man facing the complications of a struggling business and an addicted son. Three diverse people, on three separate paths whose lives connect in an inspired way.
Restoring Love is much more than a love story -- though there is a sweet mature romance brewing between Angela and Mitch. Love that they are just as uncertain and wary as teenagers -- maybe more so since they've lived a whole lot more and have experienced just how badly a relationship can go. But the more powerful love story here is the one between a loving Father and His children.
Bianca is lost -- running on empty. Barely holding her family together. She's proud and bitter and reclusive, shunning every advance that Mitch and Angela make. Bianca doesn't know Jesus and she needs Him in the worst way. Mitch and Angela know that and I love how tenacious they are about approaching her. Especially Angela, who boldly reaches out despite each rebuff. And she's not comfortable doing it which makes it all the more remarkable. Such a wonderful example of living in community.
A motivationally touching and uplifting story.
My thanks to the author and publisher for providing me with a copy of this book.
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