This is the first book in Rebekeh Lyn’s Seasons of Faith series.
Something about this author’s writing style in this book reminds me of Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove series. It seems to be organized the same way and the storytelling is similar. That’s a good thing. The main character, Elizabeth Reynolds, is an independent person who has learned in her line of work to be strong as steel wrapped in soft kid leather. She is a concierge for a top rated Orlando hotel. Throughout the story, the reader gets a fascinating glimpse of the demands of a concierge and how Lizzie networks with others in her line of work for support and information sharing.
Lizzie has taken under her wing a younger man who shows potential as a concierge but needs training and coaching. In the meantime, Lizzie has found a place to live that’s closer to her job but which needs a lot of work. While working on the house, she meets Jeffery and Ian. Jeffery is a construction manager with plenty of rough edges. His former fiance had died of cancer and he still hasn’t reconciled himself to the loss. Ian was a friend of Jeffrey’s and his fiance. Their friendship has suffered over the years since her death, yet is renewed when they both start assisting Lizzie with her home repairs. Eventually both seek out Lizzie for more than friendship and end up in conflict with each other.
The author portrays the inner storms in these varied life stories in such realistic ways that I found myself empathizing with each one even through all their flaws and foibles. Jeffrey was clearly struggling and using the bar hopping scene to ease his pain. In contrast, Ian had sought out a closer relationship with God to help handle the high pressure squalls in his life. The disparity in their lifestyles threatened their friendship in more ways than one.
Lizzie herself had gone through similar struggles when she lost both her parents in an accident just a few years earlier. Both men found peace in their friendship with her. When not one but two tropical storms hit the Orlando area in close succession, friendships and relationships become more defined and stressed simultaneously. How all this is resolved is what makes this story a satisfying one to read.
Rebekah Lyn’s smooth writing brought me close to each character so well that I could feel their pain and their triumphs in very natural ways. The characters seemed like friends I would like to have myself. Their situations seemed real and true to life. While there is some intense suspense in the final chapters, for the most part the pace of the story line is moderate, sometimes leisurely and as comfortable as a walk through a park on a beautiful warm sunny day.
I highly recommend this book for those who enjoy character driven literature. An added benefit for me was the realistic and contemporary portrayal of persons who know the Lord and have a relationship with Him. At the end, we hear the complete Gospel story retold in a way that tugs at our heart as it did with one of Ms. Lyn’s characters.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Body and Soul Publishing on behalf of the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”