Bittersweet Surrender by Diann Hunt
Carly Westlake is a spa owner and cancer survivor. She's looking forward to the return to town of her high school heart throb Jake. But, Carly has lots to overcome- namely a divorce and the changes in her body as the result of cancer. Scott, her best friend and widower (Carly's best friend was his wife.) is trying to sort out the finances for Carly's spa. Scott and Carly need to discover some truths about their pasts and come to grips with their true feelings for each other.
I loved this read from one of the authors of Smitten which I also enjoyed and reviewed here. There is even a mention of the town of Smitten in the story line. Carly is a likable, feisty heroine. Scott is the strong and somewhat handsome guy who is looking to protect her. The story is interesting and engaging. There were several surprises to the story that made it intriguing instead of your same old romance.
I like Diann Hunt's writing because it is definitely Christian with references to important life lessons learned by her characters. But, the stories are not "preachy" or filled with characters that are too good to be believed. It's a good balance in my opinion.
I'll give this one a strong 4.5 stars ('cause remember I'm stingy with my five stars.) I'd rate it a PG because of the divorce/marital issues the characters go through.
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson for review purposes. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.