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Hardcover Details
  • 09/2015
  • 978-1-64669-038-1
  • 334 pages
  • $29.99
Ebook Details
  • 09/2015
  • B015EFQBAS
  • 334 pages
  • $5.99
Paperback Details
  • 09/2015
  • ‎ 978-1646690374 B015EFQBAS
  • 334 pages
  • $18.99
Cindy Patterson
Author
Broken Butterfly
Mallory Scott trusts no one. At twenty-two, she's in a battle for her life. Living in a women's shelter after finally escaping an abusive relationship, the only thing Mallory is focused on is staying safe. But when he finds her again, Mallory must flee the shelter in the middle of the night and rely on the kindness of a stranger to help her create a new life for herself in Paradise, Pennsylvania, far away from everything she knows. Eric Matthews has what every man wants: a successful job and beautiful new girlfriend. Unfortunately, it seems he is living for everyone else but himself. But when chance leads a mysterious woman to appear in his life, his world is suddenly thrown off its axis. Mallory wants nothing to do with him, and he is determined to find out why. Attracted to the one man she thinks she can never have, Mallory battles with her heart's deepest desires. Her barriers slowly break down until jealousy flares--revealing her haunted past. As destiny remains just within reach, only time will tell if a shocking scheme will separate Mallory and Eric forever. In this compelling inspirational romance, the past intertwines with the present as a woman searches for the truth that will finally set her free.
Reviews
Deftly tempering the triumphs in tragedy with the joys of found family, Patterson’s second novel set in Paradise, a town in Pennsylvania’s Amish country (after Chasing Paradise), immerses readers in an inspirational love story. Mallory is a survivor of a horrifically abusive relationship, one stemming from her abandonment as a child and subsequent journey through the foster care system. Fleeing North Carolina from her abuser, she finds herself cushioned in the protective arms of people who only wish to help, despite not knowing anything about her situation. However, despite the offered generosity of her employer, fellow employees, and new friends, she finds it difficult to trust: “I’ve always had a hard time with trust…Sometimes it’s easier to believe lies, especially when there’s a picture that looks like proof.”

That particularly applies to the enigmatic Eric, a young man who reminds her of the good in her past. Complicating her trust issues is Victoria, her employer’s niece, who sees Mallory as nothing more than a threat—and Eric as her own conquest. Filled with characters readers will both identify with and come to love, the novel closely examines the ripple effects of abuse and neglect not just on Mallory’s life, but on those around her. She’s aided by her burgeoning faith journey and the people who are placed in her path to serve as guides, friends, and examples. While a touch predictable, her relationship with Eric is still thrilling, especially as delicately laced foreshadowing urges readers to question what they know—and offers a delicious reward at the end of the emotional journey.

Hints of rich Amish culture thread through the otherwise English setting, blending the Plain sensibilities with more contemporary issues, while being wholly respectful of both. The occasional editing issue sneaks into the tale and may pull some readers out of the story. However, the novel’s overwhelmingly hopeful messages surrounding acceptance, faith, and second chances are sure to delight aficionados of light, clean, inspirational romance and have them eager for more.

Takeaway: Sparkling Amish romance with contemporary flair and faith.

Comparable Titles: Suzanne Woods Fisher, Kathleen Fuller.

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A

Kirkus Reviews

An inspirational novel about hard-won love finding its truth path.~Kirkus Reviews

Writers Digest

Author has a gift for emotional description, that pulse-pounding realization that escape is needed, and the physical. Author also gives us rounded settings with plenty of sensory details to addrealism, and author brings our attention to some details that can berevealed,while others require our patience for well-crafted storystructure. Revelations are very authentic for aninjured, fearful character who must unspool slowly, and the author'sempathetic writing forms great logic in that.~Writers Digest

Formats
Hardcover Details
  • 09/2015
  • 978-1-64669-038-1
  • 334 pages
  • $29.99
Ebook Details
  • 09/2015
  • B015EFQBAS
  • 334 pages
  • $5.99
Paperback Details
  • 09/2015
  • ‎ 978-1646690374 B015EFQBAS
  • 334 pages
  • $18.99
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