This is the first novella that I’ve had the pleasure of reading by Betsy St. Amant. The premise of the ‘runaway bride’ is steeped in the biblical background of Exodus 20:5:
…for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
The story however, isn’t preachy or judgmental. The main character Allie Andrews struggles with her identity and after years of watching her grandmother and mother set poor examples of what love and marriage should be. Allie lives in fear of mistakes that are not her own, allowing those mistakes and her fear keep her from living a full, happy life with the man she does truly love. But Allie has forgotten the next verse:
6 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Given an unexpected second chance, has Allie longing to be loved and wondering how she can make amends to her fiancé, Marcus. Restoring old furniture provides the catalyst that begins Allie’s journey to understanding how God can make old things news.
Quick read. Touching story. You can also check out this Betsy St. Amant’s story and as well as authors, Deborah Raney and Denise Hunter in the Winter Brides collection.