Loni Parker, a music major struggling to find employment, seeks refuge at Camp Hope only to encounter the man who took her sight.
On the verge of college graduation, Loni Parker seeks employment as a music teacher, but no one will hire her since she’s blind. Or so she thinks. To take her mind off her troubles, her roommate invites her to spring retreat at Camp Hope in the gorgeous North Carolina mountains. Unbeknown to Loni, Michael Ackerman, the director, is an ex-con responsible for the accident that caused her blindness. When Loni warms up to camp and wants to return as a summer counselor, Michael opposes the idea, which only makes Loni want to prove herself all the more. Though she doesn’t expect to fall for the guy. Still, her need for independence and dream of teaching win out, taking her far away from her beloved Camp Hope . . . and a certain director.
Camp director Michael Ackerman recognizes Lonie instantly and wants to avoid her at all costs. Yet, despite the guilt pushing him from her, a growing attraction draws him to the determined woman. She sees more with her heart than the average person does with his eyes. But her presence also dredges up a long-buried anger toward his alcoholic father that he’d just as soon keep hidden. When circumstances spin out of control, Michael is forced to face a past that may destroy his present.
This is a beautiful story of redemption and forgiveness and God using what the enemy wanted to harm us for good (Genesis 5020).
I was immediately drawn to Loni since I am a music teacher and she is a soon to be college grad looking for a job. Of course she has the extra challenge of being blind. The authors did a wonderful job bringing the things around Loni to life even though when we were in her point of view we couldn’t “see” them.
Michael is a wonderfully broken hero who is still struggling with his past. I couldn’t wait to see how God would use Loni (the last person he ever thought could be used) in his life to bring him to closer to God.
Overall, a wonderful story that I found engaging.
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A copy of this book was given to me by the author. All opinions are my own.