Spinster. Elvira Kilmer is 31 years old, poor, and plain. With no friends or family to help her, she is truly on her own. She needs to find work to support herself so she goes to work for the widower, Jackson Smith. Two weeks volunteering in his home cleaning and taking care of his boys will earn her a reference so she can look for somewhere to live and work permanently. But her plans change when Jackson presents her with a marriage proposal after only a few days of work. He needs a housekeeper and someone to raise his children, and with her looks, she will not likely have another chance of a family of her own.
This strange marriage is surrounded by mistrust, secrets and scandal. Can they work to make their marriage work, or will they let hurt and deceit drive them apart again?
Hearts Awakening is a great story of forgiveness and the goodness of God!
I really loved this heartwarming story! I was drawn in from the first chapter when it just jumps right in to this new and strange relationship. All the background is uncovered as the characters learn about each other. The only flaw I can think of is that in all the fights and misunderstandings in the marriage it seemed the man was always at fault when in reality, no matter how godly a spouse is, I am pretty sure there should have been times when Ellie needed forgiveness too. She seemed almost too patient to be true :-) I may have picked a different name for her too (Elvira!?!) but that is really not a complaint ;-) I will definitely read this more than once!
Thanks so much to Bethany House Publishers for a free copy of this book to review.