About a month ago, I found myself at home, battling bronchitis. You would think that being home in bed would give me plenty of time to read books, but frankly, my head was stuffy, my lungs clogged and I really didn’t have the stamina for or mental capacity for a novel. What I really wanted was my mother, but with her passing two years ago, I was willing to settle for something comforting, but short. Praise God for novellas and good writers like Denise Hunter. It was a pleasure to return to Chapel Springs and discover what was going on with some of the secondary characters that I had read about in the series. This story is about Beckett’s sister, Layla, who has had to live with the stigma of a mother’s abandonment and former alcoholic father, as well as a broken engagement. Enter Seth Murphy who has faced his own broken relationship, but unintentionally had a hand in causing the break-up of Layla’s. It is a sweet story of longing, faith, friendship, and forgiveness all set during Christmastime.
Here’s my favorite quote from the story:
“How can you stand this? How can you field questions and look all…swoony, and do it with a straight face?”
“It’s easy,” he said so softly she strained to hear.
The last notes of the song rang out, fading into the night. Only her heartbeat, thumping hard and heavy, punctuated the silence.
“I just tell the truth,” he whispered.
Murphy turned and walked away, leaving her to stare after him.
Other books in the Chapel Springs series include: