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The Promise of Home by Kathryn Springer
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"Sailors and explorers looked to the North Star to help them remain on course. It might not be as flashy or get attention like a shooting star, but it's the one you can trust to always be there. To help you keep moving in the right direction. A constant."

THE HAPPY COUPLE....

She's a high-maintenance magazine columnist who's suddenly dropped into parenthood when her wild-child sister goes into rehab. He's a reclusive photographer hiding some Very Angsty Secrets.

THE ROMANCE....

This one had some pretty good relationship building, starting with amusing mutual annoyance, then evolving into mutual trust (aided by the kids) and eventually love. There's only one smooch at the end, but a few near misses interrupted by the kids and a ginormous slobbery dog.

THE SETTING....

Mirror Lake, Wisconsin, is (painfully evident on the Rainbows & Flowers & Plot Moppets cover) an idyllic, idealized small town, overflowing with Godly People and Good Advice. However, most of the action in this installment takes place in the remote back woods, where the heroine and hero are forced to learn to trust each other for the sake of the kids.

THE STORYTELLING....

I was surprisingly absorbed by the believable set-up and character-driven plot. While there were some of the expected heart-tugging ""h, those poor babies" moments, the troubled-kids drama was never manipulative or conveniently forgotten. The hero's Very Angsty Secrets provided a bit of mystery, but the buildup to the rather melodramatic ending seemed like an afterthought.

THE FAITH MESSAGE....

"The heavens proclaim the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world." - Psalms 19:1-4

For me, the spiritual themes played out really well in this book. We learn how religious convictions led the hero to become a reclusive photographer, and we see how his quiet, unapologetic faith affects the heroine's perception of him.

The presentation of some the other residents of Mirror Lake, featured in previous books, was a little too jarringly "Rah! Rah! God is Great!" compared to the understated introspection of the hero, but fortunately their appearances were few and short.

THE RECOMMENDATION....

Great for readers looking for a contemporary inspirational with compelling characters - but I don't think I'll read the rest of the series. But I NEVER would have chosen this book based on the cover.

[NOTE: I read a digital Advance Readers Copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley.]
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