As a single mother, Claire Summers is used to taking care of herself and her daughter, Haley. Though money is tight and the house repairs unending, the elementary teacher is proud of all that she’s done with what life has thrown at her. When Haley writes a letter asking a philanthropic businessman to help find her neighbor’s son who was adopted, Keith Watson’s world turns upside down. Keith is a workaholic and the executive assistant sent to investigate. After a rough introduction, Keith and Claire can’t deny the sparks between them. Both have been damaged by past relationships and are weary to trust again. Can Keith confront his traumatic past and find the truth and closure he desperately needs? Can Claire learn to trust another driven man who won’t open up about his past?
The theme of this book centers around how even after long, harsh winters, spring continues to blossom and produce the loveliest of flowers – some flowers, like lilacs, even require a longer cold period in order to bloom. Claire and Keith find each other and the strength to confront their pasts after having experienced trauma. From a personal standpoint, I loved the theme and thought behind the story of redemption. Winter seasons are not fun, but when new life springs forth, hope is released. Claire is a supermom learning to trust again and accept help from others who care about her. Keith is a private person who loves his adoptive family but has questions as to why his biological mother gave him up; his feelings of unworthiness drive him as a workaholic. I felt the characters were relatable and authentic. The pacing of the book is a little slower than I would have liked, but the story is well developed and well written. I’ve always liked reading Irene Hannon’s books because there’s always some sort of mystery to solve that keeps me guessing.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a fun and charming story of healing and redemption.
I received this book for free from Revell but was not required to give a positive review.