I throughly enjoyed this story so much! It was great to visit the Mitchell family once again in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I’ve read several of the author’s books but these are my favorites. Being from the Deep South myself, I get a chuckle from some of the wonderful sayings and phrases used by the author to portray the mountain people in such a fun and loving way.
Emma, the youngest Mitchell, is saving as much money as she can to afford a trip to Europe to culinary school. All is going well until money starts disappearing from the restaurant where she works for her aunt. Then her apartment is broken into and her partial payment for her trip is stolen. All her dreams of school and opening her own restaurant have flown out the window.
Jon, the boy next door and best friend to Emma, has been away for three years trying to get his counseling clinic off the ground. He returns home to help his dad recover from health issues that have waylaid him for a spell. His friendship with Emma seems to have picked up right where they left off three years ago. She does lots of cooking for him and his dad, which kept my mouth watering and my stomach growling. I even tried to look up recipes for some of her concoctions (peanut butter fudge cookies for one!).
This story talked of dreams and hopes for the future. But it also brought out seeking your own way at times instead of listening to God. Pride, selfishness and not thinking before you speak, taking you where you don’t need to go. I loved the faith element woven into the books pages as well. It had me in tears at times right along with the characters. Emma and Jon were so real to me that I knew we’d be friends if we were to meet. A great story, time for me well spent, and a tug at the old heart strings.
I received a complimentary ebook by the author but was not required to write a review positive or otherwise. All opinions are my own.