Date: January 1, 2004
Reviewed: Trade paperback
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Nancy Arant Williams
Notes: Reviewer Nancy Williams is the author of over 100
published articles, essays, poems and short stories, including
several which have won awards. Her inspirational romance novels
are: "Coming Home to Mercy Street," "In the Company
of Angels," "In The Shadow of the Cherubim."
Nothing bad could happen in a town
called Charity, could it? But it has. In fact, for twenty-one-year-old
Alessi Moore, thoughts of angels and the halos around the streetlights
had drawn her to stop and buy fuel--only to have her car and everything
she owned stolen in the blink of an eye.
With no money and nowhere to go, she
must rely on the kindness of strangers in this unusual town. When
three kind men reach out to help, they know something she doesn't.
What she does have is childlike faith that God will turn things
around for the good.
But Steve Bennet will have none of it. As far as he's concerned,
her Pollyanna attitude is a crock, and she's either a flake or a
con, neither of which interests him in the least.
Trouble is, there is no one else in town with the means to help
her. Even after Steve gives her a job in his rare bookstore, he
can't believe she's for real.
As a young, good-looking guy, the
kind the women are always pursuing, he's been stung enough times
to be wary, even of someone as apparently naive as Alessi Moore.
In fact, she seems to bring out the worst in him.
When the town's eerie secret clashes
with the interests of this innocent young stranger, something's
got to give.
In her newest inspirational romance
novel, Kristen Heitzmann captures the essence of whimsy and faith,
wrapping it all in the unforgettable package that embodies the winning
character of Alessi Moore. The supporting cast is also memorable
and will lead you to wish the real world were a just little more
like the mythical Charity, which seems about as close to heaven
as we can expect these days. An excellent story, and I highly recommend