This Time

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This Time

Belle Jamison is a hardworking businesswoman and doesn’t harbor any mean bones. The thing is that only one person makes her feel mean. Burke Benning, her one and only love broke her heart. Not just a simple break but embarrassed her in front of all her loved ones on the day of their wedding. She always thought they would be together forever. Everybody thought so and it was a shock when her life fell apart. Now years later he is back and all the old feelings are back. Belle thought she was over him but one look at him and she wants him. Not only was Burke her lover but also her best friend. When he left it wasn’t just her heart he took but their friendship. Can she forgive Burke after all these years?
Burke Benning is a retired NFL football player. Retiring in his mid-thirties is quite a shock to everyone including his family. He feels that it is over for him for he wants more than just football. God has a special job for him and he wants to start a new life. He goes back to Haskell and he wants to start new life but one person won’t let him. He knows he hurt Belle bad but now he wants more than just love. Burke wants his best friend back in his life. Leaving her at the wedding with no explanation was bad but hurting her a second time is worse. Can Belle forgive Burke?
This is a tale of time and of two lovers and how they get their second chance. They have to  overcome obstacles.

Rachel Hauck created a beautiful story of one’s determination to make things right and a woman’s path of forgiveness. These two are so in tuned of each other it’s hard to not like them. Rachel Hauck definitely has a hit with this book.

Book Blurb for This Time

Oklahoma Rancher Belle Jamison's world topples when her best friend announces that Burke Benning, their former classmate and an NFL superstar running back, is coming to their fifteenth class reunion to act as Master of Ceremonies. Twelve years earlier the handsome athlete broke Belle's heart by deserting her minutes before their wedding ceremony.

Burke's retirement from professional football brings him home to Haskell for good. While his new career in life is uncertain, he knows he must deal with his hurtful actions toward Belle. A mountain of unspoken words looms between them and only the grace and peace of God can help them overcome.

Seeing Burke stirs the love and pain Belle still has hidden in her heart. As they rebuild their friendship and rekindle a lost love, Belle must choose to forget and trust him once more.

Will their desire for love overcome the devastation of the past? This time, will their love last?

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2009 4.00