When Kate Darby swerves off a mountain road to avoid hitting a California condor, she ends up trapped in her car, teetering on the edge of a cliff. Terrified, she breathes a prayer that changes her life.
It’s Nick Sheridan who comes to Kate’s rescue. Nick is handsome and confident, and he seems to develop a habit of rescuing her, but Kate is in town only until her grandmother recuperates from a stroke. She’s not planning to get involved with one of the locals.
Nick is a reformed veteran of life in the fast lane, a new Christian, and a travel writer. When he sees a car dangling on the edge of a cliff, the daredevil in him jumps into action. He doesn’t expect to be swept off his feet by the car’s occupant. He’s made a vow–no dating for a year–but keeping that vow is going to be a lot more difficult now that he’s met Kate Darby. . . .
This was my first introduction to Victoria Bylin and as Contemporary Christian Romance novels appear to be going through a revival, I knew I had to read it. Without further ado:
What I liked:
Nick. He’s just a really great hero. He has this past, but he also has this great future ahead of him. Everything he does really seems to honor the Lord and those around him. He was reliable and trustworthy as a narrator. I enjoyed getting to know him.
The premise. It’s a bit overdone where you have the big city gal “forced” to come back to the small town and she falls in love with it. But, I really felt like Ms. Bylin didn’t quite handle it the same way as other authors. Kate never really hated the small town, she just had a lot of job opportunities outside of the small town and so it wasn’t necessarily the main focus.
Nick and Kate deal with some real struggles in their relationship that I think only contemporary novels can really address, and it’s a nice change. I also liked that even though there was mutual attraction, their romance was based on friendship.
Spiritually, I thought Ms. Bylin does a beautiful job of showing what it looks like to rely on God vs. a person. Kate really puts Nick on this pedestal, which I thought was very realistic (he’s that kind of guy), but she still has to learn what it is to have a relationship with God.
What I didn’t like:
Kate. She was kind of afraid of everything. And while I could see why she was falling for Nick, I had no clue what he saw in her.
This book had some peaks…but it also had some valleys. I always complain about authors who create problems, but this is one novel that could have used…something.
Overall, a very sweet romance, if a bit slow.
Romantic Scale: 7.9
**I received this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in anyway.**