by Cheryl St. John

July 2004
ISBN: 0-263-83970-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Mills & Boon
Mass Market Paperback

Joshua MacBride returns to the town where he grew up after surviving a serious wound at the end of the civil war. He has an out of body experience, which convinces him to change his ways from the hell-raising days of his youth. He decides to start by building a church.

Adelaide Stapleton was a newcomer to the town. She chose to live a prim and proper lifestyle. Joshua thought that she needed to lighten up.

This is a lovely story. The characters live and breath from the pages of the book immediately wrapping up the reader. The early scene of the meeting between Joshua and Adelaide, When his puppy runs amok through her clean washing and her undies lie scattered at Joshua’s feet, gives a wonderfully light-hearted tone. There are many serious issues as well as heart-melting ones like when Joshua befriends Yancey, the young man who is mentally retarded.

Cheryl St. John handles the characters with warmth and a sure hand, showing her talent as an author. She injects the romance into the story with such skill that the reader wants the future to be rosy for Joshua and Adelaide. They have many issues to settle, but passion is never in doubt.

The villain of the story appears as a spectre from Adelaide’s past. Threatening to expose her newfound security and the life she has built for herself. How she deals with this makes an exciting story. There is so much for the reader to discover in the plotlines that I can highly recommend it as a terrific read. Grab yourself a copy, you won’t be disappointed.

Reviewed in September 2004 by Mary.

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