Once a strong Christian, third baseman Shane Riley lost his faith the night he injured his knee in a freak car accident. Determined to return to professional baseball and to find the sister he treated badly, Shane retreats to Refuge, Wyoming. There he meets Melissa June “MJ” Townsend, a single mom battling the virus that causes cervical cancer.
MJ wants nothing to do with the handsome athlete—no doubt a womanizer considering the stories in the news. But when a mistake results in Shane renting her garage apartment, they become friends. That friendship blossoms into something deep and pure, leaving MJ with a painful secret to tell. Even more complicated, she discovers an unexpected tie to Shane’s missing sister—a wounded woman who wants nothing to do with the perfect brother who scorned her.
I usually enjoy Victoria’s books and always look forward to reading them. This has probably been my favorite by far. For me it felt very different then her other books in a good way.
It was real and raw. It dealt with the weakness of our flesh and the brokeness of our hearts and there is only One who can restore us.
She held nothing back in dealing with the sexual temptations all of characters faced. But in the same fashion she held nothing back in sharing the gospel message and God’s design for sex and purity. She doesn’t gloss it over and make it look easy, she deals with it in a very real way.
If you are sensitive to this topic this might not be the book for you but otherwise I highly recommend this read.
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A copy of this book was give to me. All opinions are my own.