This novel has a great plot. There’s a huge amount of mystery surrounding the cold case kidnapping of Charlotte Graham. Charlotte is still suffering from shock, post-traumatic stress and memory loss, even two decades after the kidnapping. Her closest friends arrange for her to meet Bryce Bishop for business purposes and the two begin a long journey toward love.
Dee Henderson has done a wonderful job of carefully developing the main characters and their loving friends. Readers will feel as if they know these characters very well. The expression of concern, devotion and love among these people is heartwarming. The story is excellent, although it takes a very long time to tell. There is a lot of detail about the interpersonal relationships and the building of Charlotte’s trust in Bryce and faith in God. While readers get well-acquainted with the cast, the story moves slowly, then speeds up quite abruptly. This may be necessary to describe the development of trust, but for some readers, it may lag a bit.
Charlotte’s slow journey to finding the courage to trust God’s plan is actually very realistic. God’s plans always unfold in His good time and this is no exception. One indicator of a great novel is a reader’s reluctance for it to end. Although there is an urgent desire to learn the truth and find justice, readers will be sorry to say goodbye to some wonderful characters.
I was given a free copy of this book by Bethany House for the purpose of review. I highly recommend it to adult and teenage readers who enjoy a good mystery.