I loved this book. I wasn't sure what to expect from it since I'd never heard of the author, Karen Kirst--and I've found in the past that Love Inspired books in general are sometimes a little too quaint/sweet for my edgy tastes. But hey, it was free straight from the front table at the "Spotlight on Love Inspired Publishing" at the ACFW conference last month. I was in the front row (of course) and picked it because of the-- what shall I say-- good-looking cover? Attractive cover? Well, yeah-- you can see it. It's a good cover.
I also loved the locale of the story: The Smoky Mountains between Gatlinburg and Cades Cove-- two places I know well. Not from living there, mind you, but taking small hiking trips down about once a year.
Karen Kirst has written a wonderful debut novel. I look forward to reading more from her-- especially since she's writing a series about the O'Malley family called Smoky Mountain Matches. If her next books are anything like this one, I can't wait. :)
I give Karen Kirst and her debut novel 5 STARS.