From the back cover...
When Past and Present Collide, God Still Has a Plan
Attorney Alanna Stone vowed long ago to avoid Mackinac Island. Although it may seem like the perfect place to heal, for Alanna it holds too many memories of a painful past.
But an exhausting high-profile case and an urgent plea from her parents have brought Alanna home. Moving into the cabin next to Jonathan Covington doesn't help her. Jonathan may have been her first love, but he was also her first lesson in betrayal. Now Alanna must protect her privacy and her heart. Then secrets and a murder intersect, and she's thrust into controversy again as tragedy turns public opinion against her and potentially her family.
For years, Jonathan has stubbornly resisted the urging of his family and friends to date, believing he's already found the perfect woman. With Alanna's return, he begins to wonder if he's waited too long for someone who isn't the right one after all.
Will Alanna and Jonathan be able to lay aside the past and let God heal their hearts?
I loved reading of the Mackinac Island area, learning of the unique secrets this place holds. From different landmarks to visit, to more specific scenic routes to take, this book left me longing to visit the area!
When I first started reading the story, I didn't realize what I was getting myself into. While there was definitely a "romance" storyline to follow, I was more intrigued by the mystery that kept unfolding! The author, Cara C. Putman, does an excellent job in drawing the reader into the story. At times, there were multiple mystery lines to follow...and while I was pretty sure I had the one figured out, the other two were not so easy!
I also loved how Putman brought Alanna's past to light, allowing her to work through some aspects of her teen years to allow for continued healing in her present life. It's a great reminder to us that although the past is best left in the past, sometimes you need to go back in order to move forward!
If I had to choose one drawback to this book, it would be this: I am still unclear on how "Jonathan was Alanna's first lesson in betrayal", as the back of the book states. If anyone would like to share some insight I may have overlooked, that would be great!
Never the less, I give this book 5 stars!
**I received this complimentary copy from Barbour Publishing for review purposes, all opinions are my own, I was not required to post a positive review.**