Saturday, April 4, 2015

Island Refuge by Kimberly Rose Johnson

This book has it all: past hurts, betrayal, guilt. How can you move on when your past is weighing you down? Do you turn it over to God, or keep it to yourself?

Nick Jackson opens Wildflower Bed-and-Breakfast in Wildflower, WA. He bought the place when he closed his medical practice. He doesn't feel like anyone can rely on him. He let he wife die, after all. Even if he hadn't known anything was wrong, he feels he should have known and taken better care. How can he forgive himself for that?

Zoe Griffin is an executive chef from a five-star restaurant who becomes Wildflower B&B's cook and housekeeper. Her ex-fiance and ex-best friend betrayed her and she's come here to start over. She's been deceived once. Can she trust Nick with her heart? Does he even want it?

Nick and Zoe are running from pain, but soon realize it follows them no matter where they go. Zoe is reminded she needs to take time and talk to God. She needs to forgive the ones who have hurt her so she can move on. Nick needs to forgive himself over something he had no control over. Will they let God heal their hearts and find love with each other?

I loved this book. The characters grabbed my interest and the plot was engaging. Forgive as God has forgiven you. God never leaves us, but sometimes we forget He's there. This book drew me in to the characters' struggles and their weakened relationship with God. When we are struggling or don't understand why things happen, God is right there to comfort us. We just need to turn to Him and let Him heal our hearts. I look forward to more books by Kimberly Rose Johnson.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.