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Loree Loughs First Responder series is based on those who are closely linked to the events of 9/11. This is the third book in the series and, having read them all I can assure you that this one is certainly a worthy sequal. This book does not realy on the others for a back story so it does not matter in which order you read them.
This is esentially a romance, but I found it to be so much more than that. It is also a story of hope, of caring for others and of thinking of and putting yourself out for others. Dusty Parker is a part time pastor as well as running a home for teenaged boys who come from a troubled past. He also volunteers as a first responder, in which role he has repsonded to a call to look for a young girl who ahs gone missing. Grace Sinclair is a School Teacher who cares about the students in her charge, and meets Dusty whilst they are both searching for the girl, who is one of her students. Their attraction to each other is evident from the beginning. This is their story as well as that of a number of others with whom they live and work. They both have inner demons following 9/11 and this has made them so much more responsive to others who also have problems.
Loree Lough has an excellent wrting style which draws you into the story. She paints a picture of the characters so vivid you find yourself imagining them and empathising with them. As I said this is so much more than a romance, the story unfolds at a steady pace and then delivers a couple of real shocks about 2/3 of the way through the book. I cannot say too much without spoiling the plot, but I can say they are major and quite unexpected. My emotions were all over the place in this book which is the mark of a good writer. I laughed, I cired and experienced the gamut of feelings in between. This is a Christian novel and the Christian theme is strong throughout the book, however, this is blended in well, and comes across as being completely natural. Their faith is part of who the characters are, and makes them the people they are.
So as I say, so much more than a romance. This is a story of hope, redemption and a strong conviction that no matter what the situation God is with you and will not turn from you. It is one of love, not just the love that Dusty and Grace have for each other, but the love they also have for others, particularly those in trouble.
I would highly recommend this book and any other in the series. This is a story with which you could curl up on a rainy afternoon and forget the raging storms outside.
I was given a copy of this book from the publishers for review. This has in no way impacted on my review which is fair and impartial based on my reading of the book.
So until next time enjoy whatever book you are reading and I'll see you all again next week.