Series: Coastal Hearts
Published by Southern Sun Press LLC
Publication Date December 16, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction, Romance
Setting: Alabama Contemporary
Written for: Adults
People can't be trusted, but she's forced to take a chance.
Animals always made more sense than humans did to marine biologist Skye Youngblood. After her mother's suicide, she left Alabama and never looked back. These days, she pours her heart into protecting nature's sea creatures. When she returns to Dauphin Island, Alabama, for a temporary manatee migration study, her dark past is much too close. She can't let her guard down. But how can she keep her heart hidden when a kind man with a genuine smile makes her want a fresh start?
Charter fishing pays the bills for widower Pete Thompson and his little girl, but like his father, a pastor, Pete can't help but fish for men. Only, after growing up under constant scrutiny as a preacher's kid, Pete's ways are a bit more unconventional. And the bulk of his life revolves around raising his precious daughter.
When he witnesses the car wreck of a new marine biologist on the island, it doesn't take a genius to see that more than just her physical pain needs tending. Pete feels called to help Skye find true healing, but he's navigating dangerous waters. And he's not at all sure he'll walk away unscathed.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: The Art of Rivers, Star Rising, For the Love of Joy
Healing Skye is such a tender story. It is about two broken souls in need of allowing the love of God to bring wholeness. Despite addressing the issue of child abuse, author Janet Ferguson manages to mention the nature of the abuse without going into any uncomfortable details, which is saying a lot. And the story was filled with a sense that there was hope – that things were going to get better…
Skye had so many fears and scars. She was an introvert by trauma more than anything else. I loved her gentle spirit that longed to love but feared doing just that. She poured her heart into her work protecting marine creatures and rescuing abandoned animals – misfits that they were. Her hurts had her doubting there could be a God who cared about her. It was very touching to see her open up to the love that God had for her through Christ and trust Him to bring her through her troubles.
Pete was also broken, though I’m not sure he saw himself that way. Growing up in the fishbowl of a minister’s family, he rebelled. Even after returning to God, “organized religion” continued to cause him problems. He still had such a heart for helping people to know Jesus and it was fun watching him come to realize that he had judged all of God’s people by the actions of a few.
Readers who enjoy Christian romance with a strong focus on changed lives will want to be sure to read Healing Skye.