|Liam Page is a man who is determined to get revenge for the murder of his wife while they were working as missionaries. Tipping a vase of water and flowers all over the laptop of a woman while at lunch has thrown a wrench into his plans, especially when she turns out to be the landscape architect hired to work on the grounds of the school where he teaches. Jacqui Dorne his shied away from relationships since leaving her abusive ex-boyfriend. Liam's charm and wounded soul have her reevaluating that decision, and she may be exactly what he needs to heal.
This story captures readers from the very beginning and doesn't let them go until the very end. Liam is able to overcome his inauspicious first meeting with Jacqui when he sees her again at a meeting at his school. His chagrin about that event is clearly evident, as is the charm he uses to get her to agree to a dinner to make up for it. Both of those characteristics draw her to him and highlight the difference between him and her ex. But it is Jacqui's strong faith and the light she brings into Liam's life that keep him coming back for more. They are truly the perfect match for each other as they help each other heal from past wounds and grow as people. Their strength of character, both individually and together, is shown many times throughout the story and makes them both relatable to readers and examples of what many people hope to be.
There are many things that make this book thoroughly enjoyable other than the blossoming relationship between Liam and Jacqui. The interplay between Liam and his siblings is both touching and amusing, and the way they welcome Jacqui is fantastic. However, it is the unexpected twists in the story that will keep readers turning the pages all the way to the very satisfying conclusion. Clare Revell has written a wonderful book about the resilience of the human spirit and our capacity to love.