“Aren’t you terrified of earthquakes?”
I heard that question so many times when people heard I lived in California. My response was always something about how nice it is to not have that anticipation that comes with knowing something is heading your way like with a hurricane. I would much rather be surprised.
Ironically, I now live in Florida and have had to live with that anticipation. The watching and waiting as a storm grows into a tropical depression. And then grows. And grows.
Ernesto was the first storm that I experienced here. It was big enough that my office closed as did the schools and most businesses. The prediction was that it would be coming through Central Florida in the middle of the night sometime. I have to confess that I was scared. I didn’t really know what we were supposed to do. Should we spend the night in a windowless part of the house? We were in a rental and didn’t have a way to cover the windows. Was that a problem?
Not knowing anything else, we prayed and just slept in the bedroom. Around 3 a.m., we heard crashes of thunder and saw the sky light up from the lightning. The wind was fairly heavy, but it didn’t really seem worse than I’ve seen before.
The next morning, there was a light rain that persisted through the day and then the storm was over.
Shelter from the Storm
by Kristen Ethridge
Published by Laurel Lock Publishing
Publication Date September 4, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Texas Contemporary
Written for: Adults
ONLY THE FORCE OF A HURRICANE COULD BRING THESE TWO RIVALS TOGETHER...
As the director of the Port Provident Animal Shelter, Becca Collins had devoted her life to helping the furriest residents of Port Provident. When a special Labrador retriever needs her help on the eve of Hurricane Hope, Becca can't say no--even if it means she'll have to ride out the hurricane on Provident Island. She doesn't have the supplies to properly take care of a geriatric dog with specific medical needs, but she knows who does--her greatest opposition for a new town animal shelter, local veterinarian Dr. Ross Reeder. With the storm looming only hours away, Becca has no other choice but to show up on his doorstep, throwing a wrench into Ross' plans to evacuate himself and his combat-weary former Army dog.
Ross and Becca are used to disagreeing with one another, but they soon realize the only way they're going to survive the wrath of Hurricane Hope is to put their differences aside and work for the good of the animals who depend totally on them. As they discover they have more in common than they thought, they work to rebuild the Texas beach town where they've both put down roots. But then Becca learns secrets about her past that threaten to change the whole direction of her life.
As she struggles with love, faith, and lies, will she still need the shelter she's found in Ross' arms or will the aftermath of the storm take away everything they've worked to build?
I would like to thank Kristen Etheridge for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
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I can’t imagine living in a place that has to deal with flooding during hurricanes like this area of Texas does. Author Kristen Etheridge did a great job of helping me picture what it would be like. Shudder! With water covering the first story of buildings and all kinds of things in said water. I’m glad we only have to worry about potential wind damage here where I live!
Both Becca and Ross were passionate about caring for animals. Though they felt like they were always at odds with one another, it was due to their zeal. I felt like the author brought their relationship believably from animosity to attraction as they worked together to help the pets who had been abandoned.
Becca had a terrible childhood that had left her feeling rejected by God. As she saw Ross’ faith and the faith of one of the women of the community, she began to desire what they had. Without being preachy, the author showed the journey toward salvation that Becca took.