Thinking to achieve a dramatic rescue, Peter grabbed a sword and swung. And accomplished nothing more than cutting off the ear of a minor servant. And earning a rebuke from the very one he wanted to save. Combined with the three denials that he even knew Jesus that occurred later that night, Peter most likely spent a miserable weekend, blaming himself for not being enough. Doing enough. Failing.
While his zeal and his intentions were noble, God, in His sovereignty, had a much better plan in mind. If Peter had accomplished his goal of delivering Jesus from arrest, how dreadful would that have been, not only for Peter, but for all of us?
An Anchor on Her Heart
by Patricia Lee
Series: Mended Hearts #1
Published by Mountain Brook Ink
Publication Date August 1, 2017
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Oregon, Alaska Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Can they keep their friendship pure when their hearts long for more?
McKenna Nichols, a young wife abandoned by her husband in favor of his work, is left alone to raise their autistic child. She promised to love him until death parted them. But when circumstances drive a wedge into their marriage and Dane chooses to escape what life has dealt them, how long can she be strong? Can she remain faithful to her marriage vows when tempted by the friendship of an unlikely stranger?
Rudy Taylor, who senses McKenna's loneliness and understands the difficulty of raising her daughter, struggles to keep his concern for the young woman biblical. Will McKenna’s faith in God and Rudy’s commitment to his Lord be enough to keep their relationship simple until McKenna's husband one day returns?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: A Kite On the Wind, Love's Autumn Harvest
Rudy is the ultimate hero. Not because he had served in the military or performed any dramatic rescue but because of his heart to protect. His failure to protect his sister and the failure in An Anchor on Her Heart caused him to hide in his guilt. He felt that he should have done more, not remembering that God’s ways are not our ways, and He doesn’t hold us accountable for not doing what He never intended us to do. (I also love the subtle pun of his name.)
I really enjoyed this book. The conflict that Rudy had over his attraction to McKenna while he knew that she was married was handled so well. Those who know me know that I hate stories that make me hope that married people get divorced or that one of them dies. Yes, I know that there are circumstances that make divorce acceptable in the eyes of the Lord. That isn’t what bothers me. It is the mindset of looking to divorce as a solution and being comfortable with it I object to. I want to keep my heart in the right place regarding the sanctity of marriage. Author Patricia Lee handled the situation in the book so well that she had me cheering for Dane and wondering how she was going to resolve the situation.
My heart broke for McKenna and the way that her heart broke. Though she had friends, she was so alone in so many ways. Her love for her autistic daughter despite the painful struggles they faced was so touching and sensitively written.
In addition to the wonderful spiritual journey the characters went through, this story had such fantastic descriptions of the activities of the fishing boat on the Bering Sea that I could picture them happening. I know so much more now and have a new appreciation for the men and women who perform such dangerous jobs to provide us with fish to eat.
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Mountain Brook Ink and Patricia Lee are sponsoring this giveaway of a Kindle version of An Anchor on her Heart to one winner. Drawing ends June 22, 2018.