After returning home from teaching in a refugee camp in the Philippines, Samantha Bravencourt enjoys her quiet life working at her mother's clothing boutique near Washington, D.C. When she receives an invitation to her friend's wedding in Winston-Salem, NC, she's excited to reconnect with her college pals.I did really enjoy reading this book. I found the main character, Samantha to be very likeable. I also enjoyed the stories of life in the refugee camp and the follow-up stories when Samantha encountered some of her old students back in the United States. And I wanted to get in my car and drive to her aunt's house, which always had some great food and fabulous company to offer Samantha. I would have liked a little bit more detail about the main male character, Carson, and explanation for some of his actions. He came across as sort of aloof and distant, in my opinion, which meant that I had a little trouble with the love story aspect of the book. Still, it was a fun read about a place and time that I knew nothing about prior to reading the novel, and I did enjoy the time I spent with this book.
But the wedding turns out quite differently than Sam expects. A chance encounter leads to a reunion with Carson Brylie, a fellow teacher and the man who once broke her heart, and Lien, a young Amerasian girl who desperately needs Sam and Carson's help.
But working with Carson might put Sam's tender heart at risk once again. Is she willing to forgive the past and take another chance on love?
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review for myself, thanks to Bethany House. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.