Could what drove them apart be what draws them back together?
Liberty Winfield lives with loss every day. She’d rather leave her history behind her, but when faced with moving back to her hometown, the past becomes unavoidable. She takes a job at the florist shop owned by her ex-boyfriend’s family from a decade ago. Now he’s unavoidable.
Clay Garrison knows the pain of ruing his mistakes. Most of his regrets center around Liberty. If he could undo his poor choices, he would. Liberty is back. He has one more chance to make things right. She doesn’t believe anyone could love her unconditionally, so he sets out to prove her wrong. He’ll also try to right the biggest wrong of their past.Will addressing the past together help them find love?
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Finding Love on Whidbey Island by Annette Irby is the third book in this outstanding series by this author. Each book brings its own appeal and this one had so much to offer to the reader. It was complex and well-executed. This story includes heartache and healing. Searching and finding. Love and loss and find love again. The setting was on point on the island shores of a beautiful place in the Pacific NW. My favorite characters outside of the two main characters were Roy and Gloria. Placed there to show the love of Christ in such tangible ways. Shea was such an encouragement to me as she was a Godsend to Liberty and went beyond her job duties. The importance of forgiveness and the freedom in it was definitely felt in this novel. I highly recommend you check it out for yourself. I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.
Some people seem to always be living in the past. Others act as if the past didn’t exist. And still others accept that whatever happened in the past is over and done and can never be changed. Roy and Gloria were like that. Liberty had worked for them for eight years prior to their retirement and they treated her like their own daughter: actually they probably treated her better than many people treat their daughters. Never questioning her past, they accepted her just like she was and were willing to help her in any way possible. Without them, she would undoubtedly have struggled far more than she did. She thought she was happy the way things were and was really torn by their decision to move to Whidbey Island after retirement. That was one place she had never intended to visit again because of all the bad memories and certain people from her past who still lived there. Liberty’s friend Shea told her she needed to face her past head on so she could grow and move forward. It’s one thing to sit in a counsellor’s office and hash over what has gone on before, but it’s a totally different thing to face the things that continue to haunt. What will Liberty do? Can she face those who let her down before? She is not the only one dealing with past sins and mistakes. The real message of forgiveness comes through in powerful ways and readers can learn some valuable lessons as they see the various characters interacting with each other, not always appropriately but yet in very human ways. I would love to say I always act like Roy, but too many times I find myself acting like Clay and trying to fix things for everyone else, or like his father and pulling into a grouchy shell. We all must learn to listen for God’s voice. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.