Cover Designer: Shannon Lumetta
Photographer: Chantell Reid
After the upheaval of being dumped by his girlfriend, David Patterson leads a quiet life as a high school teacher in the small Southern town of Pine Bluff, Alabama. Soon to enroll in seminary, his dreams are within his grasp.
But a chance encounter with Emma Devine changes everything. She’s on the run, desperate, and surviving by any means possible. His pastor’s heart longs to help her—and the rest of him is rather intrigued as well.
His random act of kindness brings them together, but Emma makes an unfathomable decision—one that threatens to destroy two lives, though her intention is to save one.
Four years later, Emma returns, seeking redemption. But can David—whose dreams took a very different course after their last meeting—forgive her and risk losing everything?
Momma Says: 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
There aren't enough pretty words to describe just how much I loved this book. Emma and David's story is both heartbreaking and heartwarming, and had me from the start. The emotions run the gamut in this one and I felt every single one of them along with these terrific characters. Nancee Cain takes the "show, don't tell" rule to a whole new level as she pulls the reader into the town of Pine Bluff. The characters and their problems and everyday lives seem so real that when the last page is turned, I want to call them up to see how things are going.
Emma's story touches on a dark and scary topic and her anguish and self-loathing is hard to read at times, but the most beautiful thing about this story for me was the underlying theme of hope and David exuded that in spades.
Cain has given us another wonderfully written Pine Bluff novel and I will be anxiously awaiting my next visit to this charismatic town.
During the day, Nancee Cain works as a nurse/counselor in the field of addiction to support her coffee and reading habit. Nights are spent writing paranormal and contemporary romances with a serrated edge.
Authors are her rock stars, and she’s been known to stalk a few for an autograph, but not in a scary, Stephen King way. Her husband swears her To-Be-Read list qualifies her as a certifiable book hoarder.
Always looking to try something new, she dreams of being an extra in a Bollywood film, or a tattoo artist. (Her lack of rhythm and artistic ability may put a damper on both of these dreams.)