What was Iris Rendall thinking renting the beautiful home in Butterfly Bend for the entire summer? The enchanting little beach town might be a popular vacation spot, but her home, her life is hundreds of miles away, and she has no business idling away the summer, doing crazy things like catching crabs and kayaking and swimming in the river with the handsome Ethan Makenna when there is plenty to do at home. When Ethan introduced himself at church, she'd recognized the immediate tug of attraction and the powerful--and unwelcome!--urge to get to know him. If her ex-husband hadn't inflicted enough emotional scars to last the rest of her life, she might be interested. But, even if she was, what man would want an old and broken woman?
After his wife's unexpected passing, Ethan Makenna realizes he made a mistake selling his realty company. Most of his buddies haven't retired yet, and he has no clue how to fill the long days or the tortuous nights. He misses the purpose and identity that came from his career and the powerful love of a good and godly woman. He had his one true love, never expects to find another this late in life, but when he meets the lovely Iris, his heart whispers that there is space and time for a second chance at love.
Can Ethan convince Iris that he's nothing like her first husband? Well, maybe he is, but he's forgiven and a changed man. He longs to be the man that shows her that true love cherishes one another, it's patient and kind, and doesn't give up or go looking elsewhere. Is their faith and love strong enough to overcome Iris's wounds? Can she forgive him for his past? Or will Iris reject a love like she’s never experienced…a love revered.
The three sisters get together again at Butterfly Bend for Beryl & Ford's wedding. Iris' past marriage and divorce leave her bitter. Trying to be happy for her sister is harder than she thought it would be. Iris can't seem to let go of the pain from the past. She meets Ford's friend, Ethan McKenna, at the wedding.
The story of Iris & Ethan's friendship is tested. Forgiveness and Redemption stop Iris & Ethan in their tracks. They both pray for the Lord's guidance.
This story is a beautifully written later-in-life and a second chance at true love. There is a lot of faith and hope prayed for. The ending of the story was beautiful and reminded me that even the broken can be used by God and made whole again.
I received a complimentary copy from the author and a positive review is not required. All opinions are my own.