About the Book
Rafe Donovan, a cop from Cincinnati, is haunted by a recurring nightmare about the death of his high school sweetheart. Those nightmares force him to take leave from his job, seek help, and shelter in Refuge, where he pounds nails for his brother’s construction business. Rafe has no desire to stay in Wyoming. His goal is to get back to being a cop in Ohio as soon as possible.
But then he meets Daisy Riley . . . When he finds her stranded late at night with a flat tire, he’s impressed by her courage. Daisy is equally impressed by him, but as a former victim of violence, she treasures her secure life in Refuge. Together they navigate the road to love—one that’s complicated by Daisy’s troubled best friend, online dating, and the impossible obstacle of 1,600 miles between her home and his.
Other Books in the Series
In My Opinion
Victoria Bylin returns to Refuge, Wyoming with familiar characters and some new ones. While A Gift to Cherish works fine as a stand alone book, I highly recommend reading When He Found Me first. Not only is it an excellent story, it tells more of Daisy’s story.
Daisy and Rafe are both in Refuge trying to heal. While Daisy has found her place with family, Rafe is visiting his brother for a visit while he’s on leave from the Cincinnati PD. From the first time these two characters meet, we see Rafe’s protectiveness and understanding of Daisy’s fear.
I also enjoyed the addition of Joan’s romance and the emphasis on the need for caution when it comes to falling for someone you know little about. This is highlighted even more with the dating app aspect.
Bylin creates flawed and relatable characters who face difficult life decisions while tackling the difficult subjects of PTSD, abuse, and affairs. Together, Rafe and Daisy learn to lean into God, compromise, and have honest conversations. I couldn’t help but root for them to reach their HEA.
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