Happy Friday friends! I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but where I am it is miserably cold. It’s been in the negatives for over a week with the wind chill. Today and Saturday are supposed to be the worst (we’re talking in the -20’s!), and there is not a sign of seeing it warm up for over a week! Good time to read right? If only work didn’t get in the way!
This week I am happy to present the first line and my review from a sweet contemporary romance I’ve read this week. It comes to you from Melanie Snitker, and is the sixth book in her Love’s Compass series, called Finding Grace. I’m going to give you a little bit more then the first line because it’s so short 😉
Tyler Martin instinctively reached for the back of his young daughter’s shirt to steady her. Megan stood on the lower rung of the railing, completely oblivious to the eight-foot drop the railing was protecting her from.
About the Book
Single dad Tyler Martin can’t be more grateful to the woman who finds his missing daughter. Even though he feels a spark between them, falling in love is a risk he shouldn’t take. Too bad chance encounters and his stubborn heart keep trying to convince him otherwise.
After escaping a nightmarish relationship, Beth Davenport is content with her safe and blessedly normal life. Yet something about Tyler and his adorable daughter makes her wish for more. With the walls around her heart finally starting to crumble, she’s afraid of a future she can’t predict.
Can they let go of their fear and trust God to lead them to the love they desperately need?
I don’t know if I can say this out loud, but I’m going to anyways. Book boyfriends, beware. Tyler Martin has just swept in all compassionate, caring and smooth, and absolutely ruined it for all of you! Now, as an avid reader, you develop quite a list of book boyfriends for different reasons. But Tyler? I’m pretty sure he is at the top of the list. Ms. Snitker, you have created a monster. And by monster, I mean a character that no man will ever be able to live up to. Ever.
Tyler and Beth’s story was so sweet, romantic, and perfectly written. Beth’s character came out of a harsh relationship, and you start to see pieces of that as you read on. To be honest, I preferred it that way. I felt like I was learning about her like a friend would, a little at a time. It was going to take a lot to get her to come out of her shell, and grow to be the heroine we want her to be.
Enter Tyler Martin. First, he’s a single dad who simply adores his daughter. When she gets lost in the very first chapter, what does he do first? He prays my friends. Yes, you heard me right, prays! He had me right there in that very moment. What a testimony of faith. Nowhere in this story did I feel that the author was trying to preach to you. Instead, she chose moments like this to showcase the strong faith that Tyler had. I think that in itself is a way to share the gospel my friends.
Continuing on about our hero Tyler….. he was so very patient. Never did he get angry, upset, yell at, or demoralize Beth for needing time, even when he had no idea what was going on with her! Instead, he was there, like a best friend. He kept the mood light and allowed their relationship to blossom naturally and on Beth’s time table. Like I said, real-live men don’t stand a chance! Dreaming aside, it was an absolute delight to read. I especially like the addition of the adoption storyline in Beth’s family. What happened in this storyline is something that you don’t hear about too much, but certainly can happen, and it was a great reminder to pray for those types of situations.
This book is not going away from my mind anytime soon I can promise you that. And although there is closure at the end of this book, I kind of hope we see more from Tyler and Beth in the future, even if it’s just a glimpse! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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