Maggie Marovich couldn’t save her father or her home from Hurricane Katrina, but she’s dedicated her life to meteorology so she can warn others when the monster storms approach. Except…she works three hours inland and rarely risks returning to her childhood hometown of Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Both her single-parent sister and the ship pilot Maggie once loved refused to leave the Coast, despite Maggie’s requests. Now a hurricane’s headed toward Mississippi, and Maggie’s sister is seriously injured, leaving Maggie little choice but to head south—into the storm.
The water and tides flow through Josh Bergeron’s veins, and he can’t imagine giving up piloting—even for the love of his life, the infuriating Magnolia Marovich. He tried to move on without her, marrying and having a child. But after his wife abandons him and his little boy, his career choice is threatened by the weight of his parental responsibilities. Moving next door to Maggie’s sister and sharing their childcare seems like the perfect set-up. Until Maggie blows back into town.
Being forced to lean on Josh for help washes up the wreckage in Maggie’s faith. Where was God during the destruction of Katrina? Why do some prayers seem to go unanswered? Between the hurricane looming in the Gulf and another gale raging in her heart, can Maggie overcome her past and find the trust to truly live?
With such a fierce, strong, stubborn personality, one would believe Maggie Marovich would stare danger in the face and laugh at it. But a single devastating hurricane stole too much from her, and she’s dedicated to protecting others from a similar fate.
Not to be outdone in the stubborn department, Magnolia’s sister Camille remains in the coastal town that stole so much from their family. The town Maggie refuses to return to until an accident occurs and her family needs her.
When she arrives, she’s hit with another blow when she learns the man she once loved, the man who abandoned her when she needed him most, now lives next door.
The dynamic between Maggie and Josh is explosive from the get-go. It’s obvious there are some big unresolved issues between these two. It’s also clear that there are still longings in both of them. Josh’s history with the Marovich family gives him a leg up when it comes to knowing how to handle them. There are some exchanges between Josh and Maggie that will leave a little smile on your face.
Add to that an adorable three-year-old, a sullen pre-teen, and a hard-of-hearing aunt, and Janet Ferguson has come up with the perfect combination of faith, family, and fun. Plus, many reasons for Josh and Maggie to find themselves thrown together.
Maggie has lived the past years of her life in fear. Sure, she has a good job and friends—though mostly surface-level—but she’s held herself at a distance. From family, friends, and living a life of joy. Loss has broken her heart but she’s forgotten who God is. He wants to carry her through the storms until the waters calm and the sun shines on her face again. If only she can trust him to do that.
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