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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Spring Hope...Review

About the book:
Can runaway Libby Cantrell finally get a new start?

Libby Cantrell’s life has gone from bad to worse since her mother’s death. After working in a brothel to support her abusive father, she sees no hope for her future until one cold winter night when she finds the courage to escape.

When she collapses in Portersfield, Texas, exhausted, ill, and hungry, Sheriff Cory Muldoon finds her and takes her to the doctor. Against Cory’s better judgment, Seth and Erin Winston take her in and offer her a job as a nanny for their young son. As a minister, Seth sees it as his duty to take care of her. As a deputy, Cory needs to know the truth about her even as he is attracted to the waif of a young woman.

As Cory’s feelings for her grow and winter becomes spring, will he be able to accept her as she is now and truly forget and forgive her sordid past?

The Seasons of the Heart series introduced us to the wonderful Muldoon family and in Spring Hope, we finally learn Cory's story. As a sheriff in Portersfield, Texas, Cory has a satisfying job and a terrific family.  All he needs is a wife.  When he discovers Libby Cantrell huddled in a doorway, sick and exhausted, Cory is drawn to her.  He knows she has secrets and he's as determined to discover them as Libby is to hide them.

I thought Cory was a little uber self-righteous and judgmental when it came to Libby's past, but it was nice to see him learn about forgiveness, just as Libby does.  I loved revisiting the Muldoon family and I'm sad to see this series end.

Fourth in the Seasons of the Heart series, you can click the links for my reviews of Summer Dream, Autumn Song and Winter Promise.  The books can stand alone, but they are much richer stories when read in order.

Thanks to First Wildcard and Althea Thompson of Charis Media for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Martha Rogers here.  You can read the first chapter here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 5/12

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4/5 Stars

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