Amish widow Mattie vows never to love again . . . until a suspicious outsider with a shadowy past comes crashing into her fragile world.
Mattie Diener can barely keep it together. A young Amish widow and mtother of two young children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son’s mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threaten to undo her.
Bo Lambright is a fast-rising social services investigator whose high-society mother won’t rest until she finds his Mrs. Right. Despite Bo’s worldly success, the raw ache of a shadowy past and a series of unsettling dreams have left him reeling.
When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster. Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end in more heartbreak. Is a miracle possible—not only of healing but of forbidden love? What secrets lie in Bo’s dreams? And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain future . . . or will she simply run away?
I have to say this is one of the most original Amish stories I have ever read. Mattie is a widowed mother of two who is trying to get help for her son. When CPS is called, she and Bo Lambright cross paths. Bo understands more of Mattie's world than others. Bo has disturbing dreams that bother him a great deal. Still, he is of the world and she is not, and yet they find themselves attracted to each other.
I was looking for this book to go a certain path and it didn't. I shudder when I think of Mattie having to answer all the questions about her parenting and having to deal with CPS over this! The terrible ordeal she has to go through is heartbreaking. Bo was more than I expected him to be. He has his issues, and understands what was going on in Mattie's case, but is also attracted to her! I didn't put this book down once I started it.
It was a solid 5/5 for me. I will look for more from this author!
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via the FictionGuild). I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.