With the lies of the past behind her, Addie finds love . . . and discovers her true Father.
Addie Sullivan leads a quiet life in a northern California lighthouse. She mourns the death of her father and endures her mother’s bitterness, until the night a storm brings an injured stranger and a dark secret to her home. The man insists she is not who she thinks she is, but rather “Julia Eaton”—the child long lost and feared dead by her wealthy family. Seizing the chance to be reunited with the Eatons, Addie leaves her lighthouse home but decides to keep her true identity a secret until they can unravel the mystery. Addie loves the Eatons’ palatial home tucked away among the California redwood forests. She feels secure with the jovial family, adores the young boy who is her charge as governess, and finds romance with his father John, a young widower. But sinister shadows overtake Addie’s joy. As dusty rooms and secret compartments give up their clues about her past, Addie finds a faith and a love she could never have guessed. To embrace this new world of promise is to risk her life; but to run away is to risk losing the greatest love she’s ever known.
My thoughts and giveaway:
Believe it or not this is the first book I have read by Colleen. I’ve heard wonderful things about her books but never got around to reading her work. Now I am wishing I didn’t wait so long. This is a book I purchased a long time ago and finally got the chance to read.
This book has it all; romance, mystery, deception. I had no idea who was out to hurt Addie until it came to light. Even better there is a revelation at the end that totally caught me by surprise and that rarely happens.
Addie is a wonderful character that might be a bit too perfect. Yet, she does face her own issues. She is definitely a people-pleaser and this is something I have dealt with personally. As she gets drawn more into her new family her eyes move away from Jesus and this is something she has to face.
One of my favorite characters in this book had to be Gideon the dog. He reminded me a lot of my dog. He was so obedient and there to protect those he loved.
This is a book a definitely recommend. If you haven’t read this book or anything by Colleen this is a great one to start with.
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