Plot: The novel gives us a glimpse into the lives of Jenna Morgan and Lucas Vermontez, two people connected by a tragic fire that killed Jenna's husband, who was also Luc's best friend. The fire also took Luc's father. It opens with the fire scene, but picks up a year after as both characters come to grips with the future before them. Jenna is struggling to make ends meet and break away from her in-laws, whille Luc is struggling to overcome his injuries from the fire as well as growing feelings for Jenna. The real sparks fly as these characters grow closer and learn more about themselves and each other.
Characters: Both Luc and Jenna are incredibly likable. Lucas sounds like the man next door; every woman's dream of a tough manly man who's a big softie on the inside. Jenna has a lot of mystery surrounding her, but it's revealed in a way that makes you sympathize with her and hope that everything turns out in her favor.
The supporting cast is equally likable, including Luc's mom and Jenna's mother-in-law. In fact, Jenna's mother-in-law was one character I wished I would've learned more about. There was a complexity there that I wanted to delve into and it made me wish the author had incorporated first-person narration so I could see inside her head.
Structure: The book is broken into several parts, with small chapters within. Very easy to read with plenty of natural breaking points. The plot follows a logical track that makes for an enjoyable read that doesn't require a lot of effort.
On the back of the book, it's classified as Fiction/Christian/Suspense. Even with the Christian undertones (and sometimes, OVERtones), I'd also put this in the Romance category. While it definitely follows a formula typical of this genre, it was still a great summer read.
While I received a free copy of the book for review purposes, my thoughts are my own!