Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
Where She Belongs, by Johnnie Alexander is the first book in the Misty Willows series, and I can't wait to read more! The character of Shelby Kincaid is longing to get back to her roots and she literally does that buy purchasing her family's ancestral homestead to raise her two daughters. But she is having a hard time dealing AJ Sullivan who is selling the home to her. It was his grandfather that ruined her family and she knows how to hold a grudge, and so she hates AJ - until she figures out that he's not his grandfather.
I love how the characters grow and change in this book. The theme of forgiveness is evident, but so is the theme of change and how we can take the mistakes of the past and turn them into good. As AJ tries to deal with Shelby's unreasonable animosity towards him, she begins to realize that he is exactly the kind of man she is looking for, so she has to accept that he is not to blame for the past and learn how to move on and not let it hold her back.
But there is more to this story then the growing relationship between Shelby and AJ. Behind the scenes three other problems are unfolding, making this book hard to put down. I highly recommend it.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.