About the Book
A God-fearing man. A God-seeking woman. For Sam Lewis and Lexa Clarke, it proves a combustible combination.
Lexa Clarke signs up for a TeamWork Missions summer assignment expecting adventure in a far-off, exotic country. Instead, she’s sent to sweltering San Antonio to help rebuild homes destroyed by sudden flooding. She survives the four-hour bus trip from Houston, dust in the lungs, a flat tire, a tool-throwing incident and a spitting goat – not to mention an inquisition from a distractingly handsome cowboy – all before reaching the work camp.
TeamWork director Sam Lewis isn’t sure what to think of his newest volunteer. She’s feisty, witty, and incredibly pretty, but looks more prepared to board a cruise ship than build houses. Burned by a past betrayal, he’s got a job to do, a reputation to uphold. Sam can’t afford to be distracted by a woman who attracts animals, defies his rules, finds trouble at every turn and questions God’s purpose. But when she tumbles from the top beam of one of the houses into his arms, Sam suspects his life will never be the same.
During their weeks together in the TeamWork camp, Sam and Lexa learn the power of forgiveness and healing. Enduring a chain of incidents which challenge their faith, trust and growing relationship, they look to the Lord for guidance as together they discover a love greater than either could ever imagine. At the end of the eight-week work camp, Sam is committed to a year-long, dangerous overseas mission for TeamWork. Can Lexa trust the Lord enough to let him go? Will Sam safely return and keep his promise to meet her at the Alamo?
A vivid debut by JoAnn Durgin about finding your purpose in life and the person you are meant to spend living it out with.
I enjoyed the witty bantering and combustible chemistry between Sam and Lexa. Lexa’s journey of faith was so touching and honest, although she did have a few explosive (bordering on tantrum) reactions along the way that took me by surprise. I feel like her character really matured over the course of the story from petulant and isolating to insightful and compassionate. Sam was a wonderfully complex male lead that had his share of flaws, making him all the more interesting.
To be honest, I wasn’t really engaged by the sudden mystery element to the storyline centered around a minor character. It seemed to come out of the woodwork, although it did lead to a very pivotal scene between Sam and Lexa.
This book is meant to be the first of a series and I am anticipating to see what JoAnn will bring us next.
**review copy provided by the author**