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“Hope deferred makes the heart sick…”
Seventeen years ago, Ashley Turner lost her father as well as Manuel Vega, the man she loved. Since then, she’s been trying to make the best of a bad situation. Now a widow, burdened with the alcoholic brother who bankrupted the family ranch, and days from foreclosure, she’s beyond hoping for her situation to improve. Ashley knows God allows adversity for a reason, but she can’t begin to comprehend the purpose in her troubles.
“…But a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.”
When Manuel makes good on his promise to return after having been harshly turned out so many years ago, Ashley dares to hope that all is not lost. His intention is not to rescue her, however, but to pursue revenge for past wrongs. He soon discovers that his hardened heart is no match for her renewed hope.
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>Audrey Rhodes once walked the straight and narrow, but a terrible mistake changed the direction her life. Now former boyfriend and bad boy, Brent Thomason, is back in Blithe Settlement claiming newfound faith in God. Audrey’s feelings for Brent haven’t changed, but she has. Her life is in shambles. How can she be worthy of this new Brent’s love?
Brent Thomason isn’t proud of his past. Audrey had been his friend and his love, and he betrayed her. Now a veterinarian, he’s returned home to work with Audrey’s dad and make restitution for his misdeeds. Brent finds it’s not so easy for people to accept his changed ways; still he must make things right with those he hurt, starting with Audrey.
As God directs their paths, Audrey discovers forgiveness is a two-edged sword...especially when she must first forgive herself. And Brent must accept God’s will…even if it means losing Audrey a second time.