When Kate Darby swerves off a mountain road to avoid hitting a California condor, she ends up trapped in her car, teetering on the edge of a cliff. Terrified, she breathes a prayer that changes her life.
It’s Nick Sheridan who comes to Kate’s rescue. Nick is handsome and confident, and he seems to develop a habit of rescuing her, but Kate is in town only until her grandmother recuperates from a stroke. She’s not planning to get involved with one of the locals.
Nick is a reformed veteran of life in the fast lane, a new Christian, and a travel writer. When he sees a car dangling on the edge of a cliff, the daredevil in him jumps into action. He doesn’t expect to be swept off his feet by the car’s occupant. He’s made a vow–no dating for a year–but keeping that vow is going to be a lot more difficult now that he’s met Kate Darby. . . .
I initially gravitated to Until I Found You when the cover reveal floated across my book radar. The intimate and simplistic moment depicted entices readers to step in to the story and experience a wholesome romance initiated after a providential meeting on the edge of a cliff. There are a few pacing issues and theme development is heavy handed and repetitive (I prefer a more subtle an natural integration of theme and faith elements), but the overall plot has potential that needs some reworking to truly draw readers in. If you are interested in wildlife preservation, then the you may enjoy the anecdotal history of condors in California that the author includes several times in the initial chapters to reinforce the metaphor with Kate’s character development. While I failed to connect with Kate and saw her requisite conversion as more convenient than heartfelt, Nick’s storyline carries authenticity and depth as he tries to understand his new life as a believer and how to balance expectation and grace. Overall, Until I Found You was a pleasant one time read that I failed to connect with, but has won over many other readers.
**Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group**