Planning and Post-It notes are the epitome of Evie’s life. But when she meets Jack, her life gets more than a little complicated.
Thirteen years ago, Evie's firefighterhusband was killed in the line of duty, leaving her to raise their young son, Cody, alone. Now, Cody is marrying the love of his life, and as he packs up his belongings, the house feels as empty as Evie's heart. But for all her planning and mad organizational skills, Evie could never have anticipated the dramatic shift her life is about to make.
Tattooed, rough-around-the-edgesJack raises quite a few eyebrows in the tight-knit community of Banister Falls. Where Evie's life is stream-lined, Jack's approach to living is moment-by-moment. But as Evie gets drawn into Jack's world—a world that isn't as safe or predictable as the one she's worked so hard to create—he challenges her to open her eyes to the problems outside the walls of the church.
Jack doesn't make Evie feel comfortable, but he definitely makes her feel something. Something she hasn't felt since Max passed away—or, maybe ever. Because even though Jack isn't anything like her late husband, he just might be everything she needs.
Springer's second Banister Falls novel (after The Dandelion Field) is a sweet, compelling story with sparkly moments of romance that speaks to the longings of the reader's heart. As Evie Bennett, a widow whose firefighter husband died 13 years ago, watches her 19-year-old son prepare to marry, she tries to convince herself that her women's ministry work will be enough to fill her time and heart. Her life in Banister Falls, Wis., is familiar and comforting, if a trifle suffocating. The arrival of Jack Vale shakes Evie's notions of safety, and his tendency to notice and enter into the lives of the disadvantaged inspires her faith. The romantic tension between Jack and Evie lights up their every encounter, forcing both of them to wrestle with preconceived notions, misunderstandings, and self-doubts. Will Jack and Evie the past rule their lives or trust God with the unknown future? Series fans will recognize the delightful supporting cast of Banister Falls and be left anticipating the next installment of the series.