Harbourlight Books (March 20, 2015)
Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
5 Stars *****
Hope, dreams, and freedom ~ Can they be Nila's?
A troubled past of neglect, torment, and suffocating control has Nila Black struggling in her new faith. When her ex-boyfriend, the cruel and abusive Nick Parnell is sent to prison, Nila feels like she can begin to breathe again. And hope. Nila aches for an independence she’s never had, and longs to own a car and her own place to live. She yearns to love and be loved, to feel like she’s valued. But when Nick is released from prison early, will Nila ever be free again? Free to love, laugh, and live without fear?
Nila works as a carpenter with Will Jamison - her tall, blond, and awfully handsome co-worker and friend. Just as Will and Nila begin to become aware of each other and of the intensifying attraction between them, Nila is covertly threatened by her vengeful ex-boyfriend. Because those sinister promises were also directed to her cherished friends if she talks, Nila feels she has to hold the existent terror close to her chest to protect them all.
Pastor Dave and his wife Lydia, with whom Nila are boarding with, are wonderful and wise encouragers in Nila’s life, but how can they protect Nila from her dangerous secret if they are unaware? And will they ever be able to help her rise above her perceived unworthiness and difficulties with forgiveness? Will Jamison is suspicious of Nila’s changing moods, but how can he reach this scarred girl's heart to get her to trust not only him with her burdens, but also God? Are any of them safe from this evil that lurks so close?
While this novel had me on the edge of my seat with trepidation, and in tears for Nila’s harrowing life, it was also beautifully uplifting and inspirational in reading about the victories that emerged from Nila’s emotional and spiritual struggles. This is a well-written, page-turning story that shimmers with romance, love, forgiveness and hope! Highly recommended!
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