After her abusive husband’s death, Misty Stephens returns to her job as a nurse and volunteer at a women’s shelter. She intends to put her life back together and has no intention of ever being vulnerable to a man again. But when an abuse victim dies in her care, Misty finds herself consoling the girl’s brother ... and fighting attraction.Adam Jenkins sees Misty’s heart for the oppressed and implores her to help build Hope House, a women’s shelter, in honor of his sister. Though grieving, Adam is drawn to Misty. But he approaches romance the way he does ranching—quick and decisive—an almost disastrous mistake. While dealing with family fallout and troubles at work, this new project and Misty become a light shining into Adam’s grief.A common purpose binds them together, and Misty’s heart starts to open to Adam. But she finds it much harder to lower her defenses than she imagined. Can any man be fully trusted—especially a powerful, wealthy rancher? When the past rears its ugly head and her reality starts to crumble, Misty's trust in God and hope for a bright future are put to the test. Will hope’s gentle touch finally bring the love Misty’s heart needs to heal?
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Laura Hodges Poole is a Christian writer with dozens of articles, devotions, and short stories in publication. She has published four books and contributed to two others. She is a 2019 Selah Award finalist for "Return to Walhalla," the 2016 ACWC Badge of Honor Winner, a 2014 ACFW Genesis semi-finalist, and a 2012 RWA Emily finalist (second place) in Christian fiction. Laura is member of Jeff Goins' Tribe Writers. Her credits include being a writing conference contest judge in 2017 and 2018. As an editor and member of The Christian PEN, Laura enjoys mentoring and helping other writers polish their work. Her passion is encouraging others through her blog, "A Word of Encouragement." When she’s not writing, you might find her hiking, playing the piano, or being crafty. A mother of two, Laura lives in South Carolina with her husband and son.
Laura's upcoming Christian romance novel, "Hope's Gentle Touch," will release in October 2020 with Firefly Southern Fiction, an imprint of LPC.
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This was a hard topic to write about abuse is a very hard topic period but Poole has written it with so much grace. this is a new author to me and I really can't say enough about her writing. Such a heartfelt read and I can't wait for more books from her.
I love this cover, it makes you want to grab this book and start reading it.
I gave this book 4 stars and I recommend it.
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