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Publisher: Bethany House
Release Date: January 1, 2004
ISBN: 0-7642-2826-9
Format Reviewed: Trade paperback
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Genre: Contemporary romance
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Nancy Arant Williams
Reviewer 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." 

By Kristen Heitzmann

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 it.