Revell (October 1, 2010)
In the first book Jenna and Nate are the focus of the plot. In this sequel readers are reintroduced to Jenna’s brother Chance and Emily who is in Callahan Crossing to help this town preserve and exhibit their local history as well as the general history of ranching which is the area’s main industry. Emily although a city girl is discovering that she is more suited to the country life than the city she is working towards returning to. Chance and Emily find themselves drawn to one another despite Emily’s past and her qualms about trusting men. Chance is determined to prove his worth to Emily and convince her that the “success” her parents have groomed her for is not the future she can find her fulfillment in.
As with the first volume of this series, Gillenwater has penned characters with a story readers will find entrancing and come to understand like a new best friend when you’ve known one another for years. Trust in God’s plan and those who know and care for you may be difficult especially when your past contains memories of painful experiences at the hands of those who should be protecting you. Gillenwater has portrayed Emily’s struggles with the transparency and skill of someone who experienced similar trials herself. For those who are new to Callahan Crossing, I recommend reading the books in order however in a pinch you could read this title as a stand-alone without missing too much backstory. I look forward to the next visit with these characters in Callahan Crossing when the next installment is released. (ISBN#9780800733544, 352pp, $14.99)