Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tide To Atonement by Laurie Larsen

Title:  Tide To Atonement
Series:  Pawley's Island Paradise #2
Author:  Laurie Larsen
Published:  September 2/14 by Random Moon Books
Length:  268pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  inspirational romance
Shelf:  review
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Life knocked him down. Faith lifted him up.

Jeremy Harrison served his time -- ten years in prison paid his debt to society for bad business practices. Now released, his plan for rehabilitation is clear: put his faith in God, work hard and put his past mistakes behind him. The last thing he wants is to be featured in a magazine article about ex-cons who successfully re-acclimated into society. Worse still, the gorgeous reporter takes an instant dislike to him.

Emma Jean Slotky knows that one of the interviewee names in her new magazine article assignment sounds familiar. Her dad helps her figure out why -- Jeremy Harrison was responsible for the destruction of his employer and ultimately, Emma's family, all those years ago. How can Emma possibly face the man who ruined her family with professionalism, and not disappoint her boss?

As Jeremy works to redeem himself in his new life, acts of sabotage plague his fledgling custom-made furniture business. He and Emma discover growing feelings for each other, but how can their relationship blossom with such a dubious foundation? As pressures mount, an innocent life is put in danger and the two must work together to find the person responsible in time to prevent disaster.

My Review:

I thoroughly appreciate Larsen’s writing style. The way that she mixes real life trials along with faith, without ever preaching at her audience, is brilliant. Layer this with her well put together storyline and remarkably visual descriptions and you have a very fulfilling novel.

Larsen’s complex yet approachable characters will definitely call to you. She develops both of her main characters in such a manner that you not only know where they came from but can also understand how they, eventually, end up together. Larsen carefully illustrates what both characters have gone through in their past, without rehashing it detail by detail. Her development was low key, yet very thorough.

This is definitely one of those novels that will be appreciated by anyone looking for a sweet romance with some substance.

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