Author: Jenny Proctor
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Published: August 31st, 2014
Paperback: 240 pages
FTC FYI: Received an ebook copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
"You're a good man, Henry," Eliza whispered. Their eyes met for a brief moment before, seized by sudden impulse, Eliza closed the distance between them, stood on her tiptoes, and kissed him full on the lips. When she pulled away, Henry stood there, his eyes wide with surprise. He'd kissed back. She was certain of that. He could have pushed her away, and he hadn't. But the stupefied look on his face didn't exactly make it easy for her to know what to do next.
After three years of social work in Nashville, Eliza Redding is eager to leave behind her life at home for a new adventure. Nestled deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina is the site of her first job as a clinical counselor: Rockbridge Academy, a rehabilitative boarding school for troubled youth. Anticipating that she'll be the only Latter-day Saint at the academy, Eliza is pleasantly surprised to discover that English teacher Henry Jacobson is a fellow member of the church. Her excitement is quickly diminished, however, when she discovers Henry's standoffish and cold personality--undeterred, she commences the monumental task of befriending her reserved coworker.
As they face serious familial struggles, Eliza and Henry find themselves drawn together by their growing understanding of each other. But when a life-threatening crisis arises at the academy and family conflicts escalate, will these two independent spirits realize they are meant for each other?
Jenny Proctor is a great author, and I really enjoyed this book. I instantly loved Eliza. She is a fabulous character, and it wasn't just because she has red hair. I loved how caring and kind she was. Henry, on the other hand, was a mystery. Don't get me wrong, he is a great guy, but one page I would feel like he made a breakthrough, then the next he would totally shut down. Henry was kind, but very reserved. I'm glad he was able to work out his issues before he made his decisions on where he wanted his life to go. He really had a lot of things to work out. I can't say more about him without revealing the whole book, but he is worth the wait. Eliza had a past too, and I was happy to see how her character advanced as well. I really felt for these characters and their trails. Eliza also befriends a co-worker, Flip, who shows interest in the church, but are his motives for doing so the right reasons? Even if he has motives, I really liked Flip. Jenny does a great job with all of her characters.
4 out of 5 stars. This book is written well and once you start, you won't want to stop until the end. I liked the point of view switches between Henry and Eliza. It really helped me get to know them better through each other's eyes.