HOMETOWN HEALING by Jennifer Slattery is a great second chance romance. It’s the story of Paige Cordell’s return to Sage Creek, Texas after being terminated from the fashion magazine she wrote for when they downsized due to financial difficulties. This following a husband that walked out on their marriage leading to a divorce, leaves her little choice on her next step. She comes back to her hometown with her adorable daughter, Ava who is almost 3, for what she hopes is a temporary stay with her Mom all the while hoping she can avoid Jed Gilbertson.
Avoiding Jed, in their small town, she knew would be impossible, but did she have to face him almost immediately upon arriving into town? Once best friends – more than best friends - there was now a tension of past mistakes between them, but also something electricity too. It gives Jennifer that stay/flee feeling.
Jennifer is glad to have the time to spend with her Mom and Mrs. Tappen, Jed’s Grandmother who has always been special person in her life. She realizes all the things she’s missed about small town life. However, she has to keep level headed, find a writing job to support her daughter and herself and get back to the life she loved in the big city. She can’t afford to danger the welfare of her daughter’s future or her heart with thoughts of Jed and how things use to be or could have been.
Jed and his grandmother are partners in a dinner theater that they desperately need to get back into the black before they lose it and their money invested in it. They have plans to turn things around by remodeling and changing the venue as well as the menu. With money extremely tight, they are having to find ways to make it work. Jed is doing a lot of the labor and sourcing out what must be bought for the cheapest way. Was Jennifer an answer to a pray when she came back to town? Could he convince her to write the script for their new western dinner theater and at a price they can afford? Will Jennifer learn that she can do what she loves – write - and do it in Sage Creek? Can Jed prove to her that he’s there for her, as he has always been even when she didn’t believe it? Can she put the past behind her? Can she begin to see that maybe it’s not everyone leaving her that hurts so badly, but that partly she’s been the one doing the leaving as well?
When the tables are turned and Jed is the one needing love and support, will Jennifer stand by her man? Can seeing that we are all alike even when we are so different change Mrs. Gilbertson’s mind and opinion of Jennifer? Will her opinion make a difference?
Jennifer has to decide if she can be happy in her hometown where neighbor’s care about one another, shopping is limited and high fashion is what’s comfortable. Can she be sure that love can happen more than once and protect her daughter too? Can Jed overcome his father’s opinions and actions to be the man/the father that Jennifer and Ava deserve? Can each find love in the other – the kind that binds a marriage – for better or worse and through thick and thin?
HOMETOWN HEALING is a great, well written Christian romance that reminds us all that we all have faults and that forgiveness is key. Love will bind us together if we allow it. God has our plans laid out and we just have to ask him to guide us to follow that plan to perfection. The things Jennifer and Jed learned along the way in their romance are factors that we all could stand to utilize in our own lives. Definitely recommend this book and I will be checking out more books by Jennifer Slattery!
- Mass Market Paperback: 219 pages
- Publisher: Steeple Hill; Original ed. edition (20 August 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1335479422
- ISBN-13: 978-1335479426
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.6 x 16.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 118 g
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