Thursday, March 15, 2012
Grow Old with Me by Melinda Evaul
I truly truly loved this book and hated to see it end... I believe more are coming in the series.. I hope so! Maybe it was the little bit of Quilt theme found in the story... or the fact that it was set in a B & B... or that the 2 focal characters were in their 50s.. or the fact that Evaul tackled some issues and circumstances not seen over and over in novels.. and handled them truthfully and well.
Set in Love Valley, NC (a real place), Benjamin has come there to do repair work on the church. He books a room at the Mosey Inn, a local B & B where each room is named for a quilt pattern. Appropriately, this carpenter finds himself in the Carpenter's Star room. Sarah Campbell owns the inn. It has been in her family for generations, but Sarah is getting tired.. tired of taking care of others, of living on the edge financially, of having physical problems that cannot be dealt with because she cannot afford to see the doctor, of not being loved and having someone to love. In walks Benjamin, a bit of a loner and outcast with a painful past. Both are lonely and in need and find themselves drawn to each other. But Sarah is a woman of faith and Benjamin has made it clear he wants nothing to do with God.
Can these two find a life together... a life rooted in faith... despite the gossip and innuendo, financial crisis, health issues, difficult pasts, hurts, insecurities, stubborn pride and more?
A sincerely sweet and frank look at love from a different perspective... and a reminder that sparks still fly even after 50!
I should note that Grow Old With Me is not available as a book-book.. with paper and ink.. it is an ebook. I got mind at Amazon, but it is available elsewhere. Evaul's site has link to purchase it, as well as neat info on the book and the author... Melinda Evaul
CORRECTION: I learned that this book is available in print form. You can purchase it from the author at her site. Sorry about that!