A past that haunts can be laid to rest through the act of forgiveness, even if the person you forgive is yourself. It must be gifted freely.
Abby Sullivan cherishes the life she is creating for herself in her hometown of Santa Barbara, California. She adores her best friend and supportive family. Her job as a kindergarten teacher offers her life hope and purpose. She is very talented at many things, especially hiding the pain of her past. That is until her world collides with Caleb Hunter’s, giving them both a lesson in forgiveness and love.
A life changing love is cruelly snatched by sickness and death. A person must be willing to give love, the greatest gift of all, to receive love.
A successful writer, Caleb is living life day-to-day. Giving refuge to his sad and lonely heart since his wife's sudden death from cervical cancer, his primary focus becomes honoring her memory by rearing their five-year-old daughter, Madison. Yet, when Madison Hunter walks into Miss Abby’s kindergarten class, everything changes for all three of them.
With a little nudge from a loving mother-in-law who has everyone’s best interest at heart, anything is possible, especially when forgiveness and love gift even more blessings than ever imaginable.
REVIEW BY MELANIE
Kimi’s debut novel is a beautiful story of two people lost in life.
Abby has never taken a chance on real love. While she loves her job as a Kindergarten teacher, she longs to have a more complete life.
Caleb is haunted by the pain that love can leave behind. After his wife died four years ago, he began to focus on their daughter Madison. Only allowing time in his life to follow his career goals and take care of his child, he doesn’t believe that love will give him a second chance.
Abby was such a kind-hearted character. I enjoyed watching her fumble around when she was with Caleb. I reminded me of times in my own life when I have made a fool of myself in front of a guy I was interested in. Several of their interactions had me laughing out loud.
The supporting characters were great additions to the story. I loved sweet Madison and all her little quirks. If you have kids or have been around kids at all, you will love all the ways that Madison gets the attention of the adults in this story by simply stating the obvious.
So, what is the number one reason I loved this story?? Caleb is a GOOD GUY!! This was not a story about the bad guy getting the good girl. This was not a story of lust turning into love. This was a believable romance between two people who deserved to find someone to share their life with. If you love romance and want a story you can share with your whole family, then pick up this wonderful novel.
Kimi lives in So Ca with her high school sweetheart, prom date, and now husband of over 20 years as well as with her two boys that bring so much joy and laughter to her life. There is never a dull moment in Kimi's day with these three guys by her side. They are happily involved in volunteer work with several local non-profit organizations and believe that everyone needs to do their part, so a portion of her sales will always go to charity.
At an early age, Kimi discovered the magical world of imagination. Many stories were written as well as illustrated by her as a child. Not realizing at the time that she had dyslexia, schoolwork became extremely difficult, and her confidence as a reader and writer dwindled. Thanks to a high school teacher who took the time to invest in her, Kimi found a love for literary legends such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Washington Irving and Jane Austen. This teacher helped Kimi create one of the happiest school memories she holds. Discovering in college that she had the learning disability was terribly discouraging since help was not readily available and her reading and writing confidence fell once again.
Needing to find a distraction when her husband unexpectedly ended up in the hospital for a week, Kimi explored the indie reading world. Jumping in with everything she had, Kimi pushed herself to read over 150 books last year. During that process, many characters reappeared in her imagination and insisted that their stories be told. Putting all self-doubt and barriers aside, she started writing the outlines and drafts for the four books in her Intertwined Hearts Series as well as bits and pieces of the three books in her next series, Down by the Bay.
Her message to you is similar to that of pop icon, will.i.am's:
~You can focus on your problems or you can focus on your dreams ~
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