“more like 4.5 stars
I am not a huge fan of contemporary fiction, but this story touched my heart. I live in an area surrounded by forests and mountains so the part where the fire raged out of control reminded me a lot of the fires in my community several years ago. Anyway, there were two parallel love stories going in this book. I enjoyed both of them equally. Yes, there were the usual secrets, but they were believable ones. We often make assumptions in life that aren't true. We often judge without all of the facts. We can get angry over a situation and hold it in until it consumes our peace. There is a bit of each of these characters in every one of us.
The story started out a bit slow, but I was pulled in once I got to know Ivy more. Her story as a foster child got me choked up a few times, and when she visited Tiger's grandmother...my goodness, the tightness in the throat and gentle sting of tears. Anyway, this story went deeper in that it also address the need for love and belonging. The fact that Ivy struggled with getting close to people made a lot of sense. So did her need for justice. I loved her character. That scene with Darek's mother... oh my, the waterworks got started there as well. There were a lot of things to ponder that go beyond mere entertainment.
The spiritual thread was present and well done. There was nothing sappy about the application. I loved how the author does that so seamlessly. The scene regarding forgiveness and the support in the courtroom, oh boy did that make a lump form in my throat. I found my lashes beating rapidly, too. This was a very touching story with depth and insight into things the that matter in all of our lives. Again, not a huge fan of contemporary fiction, but these characters won over my heart. ”