For these two wounded hearts, it will take a great leap of faith to overcome past hurts and give love a chance to grow.
False accusations from the past haunt Rachel Clark, the new director of the Northcoast Christian Youth Theater. Seeking to make a fresh start in Fairhaven, Washington, she rents space for her group from an artists’ cooperative led by handsome frame shop owner, Cameron McKenna. To keep his financially strapped co-op afloat, Cam reluctantly agrees to include Rachel’s drama program, but he’s not sure he can trust the attractive director or tolerate all those kids in his building.
Cam is a widower with painful secrets of his own, and when he must temporarily care for his fourteen-year-old niece, he needs Rachel’s practical help and advice. Their friendship deepens into romance, but then past secrets come to light, Cam must decide if he will risk his heart and his future to help Rachel rebuild her reputation. Will wounds from the past destroy their fragile relationship, or can their renewed faith—in the Lord and each other—help them build a bright new future together?
Seeking His Love by Carrie Turansky
Bayside Treasures Series, Book One
Seeking His Love by Carrie Turansky
Many who see the title of this book will assume that Seeking His Love is romantic fiction and that the title refers to a woman longing to find true love with a man. This is part of the story and there is a sweet romance but there is so much more. There is a man dealing with the grief of losing his wife and son and his guilt that he may have contributed to their accident. After almost five years he still can't forgive himself. There is a young woman who has been unjustly accused of inappropriate behavior with her student and she can't escape the gossip that seems to follow her. But most of all, Seeking His Love is about faith and forgiveness. Faith in God and the people around us and learning to forgive as we are forgiven.
I admired Rachel Clark and her efforts to guide and counsel the young people involved in the Youth Theater Program in Fairhaven, Washington and I could understand her reluctance to tell why she had left her former teaching position. Rachel was a strong Christian, she believed that God would work in her favor, and she believed in the power of prayer but she still couldn't fully trust that people would believe in her innocence. And even as she realized that her feelings toward Cameron McKenna might be more than friendship she still kept her secret. Cameron was a good man but he was keeping a secret also: his guilt about the deaths of his wife and son. He was also dealing with his sister's battle with cancer and trying to provide a temporary home for his teenage niece. So much to handle and Cameron was lacking the moral strength that comes from being an active worshipper. I loved that a sermon about The Prodigal Son was the turning point in Cam's faith journey and I am so glad that Turansky chose to use this beloved parable.
Just as Rachel and Cam begin to work through the hurts and disappointments of their pasts a situation occurs that may end their chance of a happy future. This is when we are allowed to witness their realization that loving God is truly the first step in having successful relationships. When we accept the love and forgiveness that only He can offer we are free to truly love and forgive others and also ourselves.
I knew Carrie Turansky's reputation for writing wonderful historical fiction but Seeking His Love proves her ability to write contemporary fiction. This is an updated version of a book first published in 2010 and it is perfect for fans of Christian romance.
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