Her Faith Restored
Series: Welcome to Ruby #3
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date January 5, 2022
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Missouri Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34, 60+
Written for: Adults
Can two polar opposites meet in the middle to achieve a winning outcome?
Sunset Meadows’ activity director Melinda Brewer has her work cut out for her. As a five-year veteran with the cutting-edge retirement community, “Mel” wears many hats. But her job is more than a title. The residents at “The Meadows” are like family—some of whom she’s known her entire life. Ruby—this little niche in the Ozark Mountains—may be a mere dot on the Missouri map, but it’s also Mel’s birthplace, the land of her heritage, reminiscent of old ways while cognizant of new seasons.
Leave it to new kid on the block Matt Enders to upset the apple cart. When Enders is hired as the facility’s new social worker, his idea of a well-oiled machine is to eliminate a few rusty cogs—chiefly, some of Mel’s most successful programs. Mr. City Slicker doesn’t care about making waves. He delivers a hurricane!
Matt Enders isn’t budging. Let Mel Brewer think what she will. While he’s willing to meet the pint-size package of TNT halfway regarding new ideas and innovation, he won’t sacrifice improvement for the sake of hurt feelings. Can he convince Mel that a team approach is better than a single-handed effort?
Ironically, crabby Clinton Farley, a Meadows’ resident and devout non-believer, is the catalyst that draws Matt and Mel closer. Together, the two must set aside differences to work for a common cause—introducing Clinton to a sunnier side of life and a new way of living.
When they finally learn Clinton’s story, can Matt and Mel open their hearts to new opportunities, as well as each other?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: , His Love Revealed
Author Cynthia Herron has once again written a stunning story! Her Faith Restored‘s marvelous characters touched my heart. They were flawed and realistically portrayed in a manner that truly brought them to life. The descriptions were so lovely! I find myself wanting to visit the Ozarks to see the lovely hills and the beautiful colors. Alas, that the eating establishments, serving the meals so deliciously described my mouth watered, are merely fictional!
I enjoyed that so much of the story took place in the retirement home. The segments that included the crotchety Clinton were probably my favorites. Though he is technically a secondary character, he is an integral part of the whole. His grief had colored his outlook and soured him to even the kindest overtures. So when Matt and Mel were inspired to reach out to him, I wanted to cheer! His situation was presented with tenderness and sensitivity. Clinton’s antagonism towards the gospel was met by their prayers and the truth and kindness they showed.
Witty, moving, sweet, romantic, Her Faith Restored has a little of everything that makes reading enjoyable. The ending was satisfying while hinting at things to come in the next book of the Welcome to Ruby series, slated for 2023. While it stands alone, I recommend reading the entire series for even more enjoyment.