My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Genre: Christian Romance
Book Description: On her last night at as owner and manager of her family’s antique business, a stranger arrives at Tessa’s doorstep with an impossible dream: find and replace a one-of-a-kind chair. Having lost more in his life than just a chair, Brian convinces Tessa to procure and restore the furnishing for his stately family home. With conflicting feelings of attraction for Brian and an embarrassment for her uncle’s dishonesty, Tessa tries to begin her life anew. But the main women in Brian’s life, his beautiful business partner Simone and his sister Darrie don’t want the complication that Tessa brings. They want the family home sold, not restored and will stop at nothing to get their way. Can Tessa do the impossible? Find and replace these antique pieces as well as show Brian that Christians really are good people and find a little love along the way?
My thoughts: I loved the story behind this book. Tessa is an antiques dealer who's good name has been compromised because of the dishonesty of her Uncle. She has just lost her family business when a stranger knocks on her door looking for help in locating a particular antique chair. Brian becomes her hero when he saves her from an accident and gives her a job.
Yes, the two are instantly attracted to each other, but they do not act on it immediately. This story takes place over a period of time. The story is mostly Tessa's. Her life at Brian's mansion searching for antiques is described. The relationships that she creates, both good and bad, are related.
This book has a strong religious core. Tessa is a devout Christian. Brian has lost his faith due to tragedy. Tessa worries about him quite a bit and prays for him. The fundamental faith of Christian's is the heart of this book. I love reading about people with strong convictions.
The book fell flat somewhere for me. I didn't connect with the characters and I would have liked to know more about the process Brian went through. His feelings were experienced through Tessa's viewpoint. Their relationship is a key point of the book, I felt that it could have been explored and explained more. There were parts that left me a little confused.
Overall this is a good book. I enjoyed it. I would have liked a little more character and relationship development. This is a clean book.