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Released: September 7th 2021
Genre: Contemporary Romance
“Hahn once again wove such a beautiful tale that broadcasts such a beautiful message.”~ Under the Covers
This book was a lot. There’s so much here to unpack, but we’ll start with quite possibly my favorite part: the setting. See, this little beauty was set in the Yoop, the Motherland, the great wild’s of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Marquette, to be exact, which is only about 40 minutes from where I live. It’s a place that’s got all the trappings of “city” life while also being very much in tune with nature, nestled right on the shores of Lake Superior. It was so much fun for me as a reader to really be able to live this book with the main characters as I could vividly picture exactly where they were and what Marquette is like.
Now let’s talk characters. Both Meg and Micah are children of the church. Both of them have a very strong relationship with Jesus and God, and it has influenced their entire lives.
Meg ends up in Marquette because a family secret – that her dad isn’t actually her dad – is spilled and she goes in search of the family her mother never allowed her to know. Her relationship with God and the church is shaken because her mother had a one-night stand and ended up with Meg, when her whole life she’s been preached to not to bare her shoulders lest the boys get the wrong idea. She repeatedly gave herself over to Jesus, living her entire life in service of him.
Micah is the son of a former pastor turned convict, and since that day over five years ago when his father was sentenced, Micah’s own faith has certainly seen better days. His relationship with God is still strong, but he refuses to set foot in an actual church and worship like he used to.
When these two meet, they both find a way to help the other one heal from the wounds they’re still nursing. They fall hard and fast for each other, and both start to think that something that good and pure and wonderful and loving can’t possibly be a sin. They both find a way, through the other, to forgive those that have wronged them and move on from it, into a better and brighter future. They manage to find themselves again in each other, and it’s such a wonderful first love story.
I’ll admit, as someone who isn’t particularly religious, I was a little wary when starting this one. But I am so glad I gave it a chance. Hahn once again wove such a beautiful tale that broadcasts such a beautiful message. Even if you don’t believe in God, there are so many important lessons to be learned about how being who you are, who you’re truly meant to be, can’t ever be a sin because it’s exactly what your creator had in mind.
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