About the Book
Connor Murphy lives by a code of honor and service. Dignified, duty-bound, and responsible, he’s spent the past eight years as a single enlisted airman, determined never to mess up another person’s life the way he did Sadie’s. As long as he follows orders, does his job well, and avoids romantic entanglements, he’ll do just fine. Of course, that last part was easier before Sadie rolled back into town.
Sadie Allen never intended to return to Sugar Pine—her hometown hosts too much regret—but she can’t face her health crisis alone. Not with a four-year-old depending on her. Even so, Connor Murphy’s proposal of a marriage of convenience wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. She can’t fault his reasoning—her prognosis is grim and her son could use a father—but her heart aches at the thought of a marriage without romance. Especially to the one man she’s never gotten over.
The day-to-day challenges of Sadie’s illness are enough to strain the strongest relationships, let alone one hastily conceived in the shadow of past mistakes. Will the pressure be too much for their marriage to withstand, or will they allow God to forge something beautiful through their pain?
In My Opinion
Everything Behind Us is not an easy read, but oh, what a beautiful journey it takes you on. Connor and Sadie have regrets about the same event but are both trying to move forward.
Sadie carries a lot of regret from decisions she’s made since that event, but necessity has brought her home to Sugar Pine. As Connor and Sadie talk and spend time together, he feels a definitive call in his life.
Connor Murphy is a protector and dutiful. He’s the stable, sure-headed Murphy brother. Sadie’s life is falling apart around her, but she’s a sympathetic character you can’t help but root for. And as they enter into a marriage of convenience, the foundation forms for what might just be a beautiful life if each will let go of the hurts, fears, and uncertainties of their pasts.
Once again, Jennifer Rodewald wrung the emotions from me with her real and imperfect characters and her poignant plot.
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