I loved Johnnie Alexander’s explanation she wrote at the end of the book for why she chose to write this particular one. She shares with her readers how she had no intention of telling Amy’s story, but people were asking for it. Being a great author, she chose to listen to them and this story was birthed. I love it! I love that she listened and was willing to give it a chance. This is the third book in the Misty Willow series, but you don’t have to read the others in order to know what’s going on in the story. It could easily stand alone if needed.
I remember when Amy was introduced and she was a character that rubbed me the wrong way from the beginning. She was mean and frustrating and I honestly couldn’t wait for her to stop being in the story! And here I am reading an entire book about her! You’ll be glad to know that I disliked Amy as much at the beginning of this book as I had previously. She was protecting herself emotionally while being mean and rude to others. While it is a form of self-protection, it got old fast.
Thankfully the story has a man, Gabe, who suffered from the past that he wishes he could erase. He was at the wrong place at the wrong time, but that didn’t matter. He now has to live with the stigma that goes with it. He is the redeeming factor in the first part of the story. He’s not bitter about everything but looks outside of himself. He still has his own flaws, but he is still nice to people, unlike Amy.
By the middle of the story, Amy began to grow on me and I eventually did come around to like her, understand her, and appreciate her story. I’m so glad that Johnnie Alexander chose to write this book. Without it, we would forever remember Amy as the mean, bitter woman. Now she has redeemed herself in our sight.
I received this book free from Revell Publishers.