“What she wanted – all she ever wanted – was the farm. Her legacy,” Shelby insists in Johnnie Alexander’s novel, Where She Belongs.
~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-sixty-eight-page paperback targets those who enjoy Christian romance regarding family feuds and dilemmas. Containing no profanity or explicit sexual scenes, the topic of unplanned pregnancy, accidents, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The first chapter of the sequel, author’s biography, and advertisements complete the book.
First in the Misty Willow series, twenty-eight-year-old widowed Shelby Kincaid has her dream come true when she buys her grandparents’ old Ohio homestead that has been drastically neglected by the kind but tormented AJ Sullivan. With both having to deal with decisions their grandparents made so long ago, they initially are at odds with each other regarding fixing up the abandoned house.
While AJ has to deal with his cut-throat cousins and his unfinished past, Shelby starts to renovate the home, wanting to relive her cherished memories with her two young daughters. With past punishments, buried love, and vengeance, several characters see God working in their lives.
~ Why ~
The intertwined lives of family relations come to a head in this novel that shows how God is with us through both hard and good times as we trust in Him. The dynamics between several characters shows how God works all to His glory although we falter consistently.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like contemporary romances with family dynamics at the forefront will not appreciate this first book in a series.
~ Who ~
An award-winning author of a previous novel, Alexander is an accomplished essayist and poet who lives in Tennessee.
~ Wish ~
With a plethora of characters, it would be helpful having a list at the beginning of the book. Although the ending had loose ends on two important characters, I was relieved the first chapter of the sequel was included at the back of the book, already answering some of my “what happens next” questions. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
~ Want ~
If you enjoy a clean romance that combines love with both predictability and heartbreak, this is a great read that will want you yearning for more about Misty Willow.
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