|Katherine Morton was born in the ranch country of Montana, raised by church going parents and with faith in God. During her last year of collage, she fell in love with the wealthy, suave Everett Bedford Bradford, a New York socialite. Giving up her dream of a finishing her degree, she married the wealthy tycoon and though she didn't abandon her faith in God for her less than religious new husband, she prayed he would find his faith in the years to come. Katherine became everything Everett could want in a high society wife but he had no intention of finding God, just the opposite. His business dealings were dishonest, embezzling from not only honest people but from the mafia. When his empire came crashing down, Everett took the only way out and killed himself leaving Katherine a widow and a suspect in his dealings, left to take the fall for all his debts.
Pursued by not only the legitimate debtors, she was also sought after by the mafia and in the most threatening ways. Using only enough of the funds left, Katherine escaped New York and created a new life for herself in the ranch and vineyard country of Central California. In a small but welcoming community, she again found her faith in God and acceptance as Caffey Matthews. Hoping she was well hidden, deep down she feared her past would catch up with her.
Rhee Ryland, a private detective, has been hired to find the well hidden Mrs. Bradford. Though it's taken almost a year, he shows up at the wedding of Caffey's best friend. Rhee, raised on a horse ranch in Colorado, hasn't been back to his home in over fourteen years and the setting of the wedding brings back old memories. At first glance, he knows the woman is the widowed Mrs. Bradford but he's surprised. She isn't what he expected. Or is it an act?
Rhee finds he's fascinated by the attractive, decent woman, so opposite the self-centered picture painted of a classic New York socialite. Caffey has rediscovered the person she suppressed while married to Everett, her faith in God and in herself. Rhee finds he is strangely moved by the wedding ceremony and the words of the minister, the faith and kindness of the people around them. But most of all he's falling for Caffey.
Conflicted about violating her home, but determined not to not lose track of her, he stealthily enters her apartment to plant a tracking device on a cross necklace she normally wears but has taken off briefly for the wedding service so her jewelry matches. Rhee finds he can't do it and leaves.
Next morning, Rhee has accepted an invitation to Sunday church services with Caffey. For the first time since his mother's death, he's gone to church. Afterward, he goes on a picnic with Caffey and both find the attraction to each other is growing. However, each senses the other isn't quite what they should be and little clues are mounting.
He's falling for the woman he has been sent to find. His instincts tell him she's innocent of her dead husband's crimes. He prepares to close the case and leave Caffey in peace with her new life, though it may break his heart. Yet something, possibly his returning faith in God or his instincts, warn him oh imminent danger. He lingers in town after he's said goodbye just a little longer. Caffey too has strange feelings. She misses Rhee but something isn't quite right about him and she doesn't know what. She fears trusting a man she knows so little about. Putting her faith in God she prays for His guidance. God works in mysterious ways, how will He work this one out? Danger seems to lurk in the shadows for them both.
Ms. Hanson has written a delightfully suspenseful, romance story of glowing true love. Building a loving relationship between two people begun by their physical attraction, their willingness to trust even in the face of doubt, their love sustained by their faith in God, and cemented by their destiny to save each other. Penned with an inspired hand, she brings one man's beliefs back to Him and strengthens the woman's faith, sorely challenged, while joining the two in a heartwarming love story. I enjoyed her clincher ending giving the entire book a good twist making a story all ready worth reading, even more gripping.
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