Samantha Crawford, an acclaimed storybook artist, seemingly had it all until losing the love she cherished most. Now fighting despair, she is obsessed with tracking down the murderer of her husband. With no leads and no hope, Sam prepares to take her life until providence intervenes and she is reunited with her childhood friend, Joe Bradford.
Dying of kidney disease, Joe spends his last days serving fatherless children in an under resourced community. Observing Papa Joe's tireless love for "his kids," Sam begins to find new purpose until she comes face to face with her heart's desire. The innocence and hope of a child competes with the lure of revenge in an effort to show Sam how, even in life's darkest of circumstances, Love is above all.
Eva Marie Everson was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. A seminary graduate and former nurse-turned-Christian novelist, her previous books include The Potluck Club, Things Left Unspoken, and Chasing Sunsets.
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Pub Date: September 01, 2012
Eva Marie Everson has once again created loveable and believable characters that captured my heart in her latest novel titled Unconditional.
Samantha felt like all her hopes and dreams died when her husband was murdered. She is almost obsessed with the only real clue in her husband's murder investigation ... a culprit wearing a red hoodie. Maybe it was more than coincidence when Sam's childhood friend is brought back into her life. Joe is involved with underprivileged street kids, and once the initial shock of Joe's situation wears off, Sam becomes enraptured by the kids too.
Always in the back of her mind, Sam can't help but think about the senseless and unsolved murder of her husband. Thrust into the middle of a neighbourhood filled with gangs and violence, she has an uncanny feeling that one particular young man (who happens to have a red hoodie) must somehow be involved in the murder, and she is determined to find out the truth, no matter what.
Unconditional touches on the sweet memory of a perfect romance, cut off way before its time. It delves into the heart and soul of a broken woman who can't seem to find anything loveable about herself or anyone else. Joe is introduced as a character with an unconditional love for others, in spite of his own terminal illness. When Sam comes face to face with Joe and his street kids, she is forced to open her eyes to her own situation. Maybe there is hope after all, in spite of her seemingly hopeless circumstances.
I highly recommend this one!
Disclosure: Ebook received through Net Galley courtesy of B&H Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review.