To Robin Bartlett, men were nothing more than violent users. After a hair-raising childhood, Robin and her two younger half sisters battled simply to survive. Determined to give her sisters a very different life from that of their mother; to never have to rely on a man for anything, she worked two jobs and put them both through college, while accepting help from no one. Her heart had turned to ice and she had no use for men or God.
Antonio “Tony” Viscolli had grown up on the streets, homeless. At seventeen, he entered a downtown church with the intent of casing it, but found himself on his knees at the alter. After being fostered by the youth minister, Tony followed God’s leading and eventually became a very successful and powerful businessman. In a fallen world, he was a gem.
When Tony bought the restaurant where Robin bartended, she immediately resented his intrusion into her well ordered, but exhausting, life. She suspected his offering her special attention and constant kindness was merely his way of expecting something from her in return, something she wasn’t willing to give.
Tony knew God had led him to Robin. Would she ever allow herself to trust him? Could she ever allow herself to trust God? Or would the winter of their tragic youth rise from the shadows of the past and freeze any chance at happiness?
This book surprised me. I’ve read a lot of books about women who have tragic pasts and can’t trust the men in their lives and then a wonderful guy comes along and usually it’s so formulaic it’s boring. But that was not the case with this one. It starts off the same and then there is this WHOA moment and things are different. So appreciated and had me turning the pages. While I do not recommend missionary dating in any shape or form, Tony did a wonderful job of witnessing to Robin. It came across as sincere and the reader could fully appreciate the transformation that Robin went through. I was also glad to see that besides attraction, friendship developed and I think those make the best kinds of romance novels. Fun book and great read. I will be reading the next ones in the series.