About the Book
Nate Reynolds’s ugly history has dogged him long enough. He has spent years reforming himself, but there has to be a purpose for all the pain in his youth. When he discovers the perfect campground for rehabbing juvenile delinquents, he sees his chance for redemption. Even if it means butting heads with the owner’s granddaughter, Gwen Doornbos, a woman who, for all her sharp edges, possesses a heart similar to his. The more time he spends with her, the more he envisions a future he once thought impossible.
Four years ago, Gwen Doornbos lost her husband at the hands of a troubled teen. Her dream of ministering to kids died with him,and she returned home to help her grandfather run their family summer camp until his retirement. That day has finally arrived, except her grandfather has other plans for Camp Hideaway, and they include the irritatingly handsome Nate, a do-gooder with more brawn than sense who insists on bringing the past right to her door.
When an accident requires Gwen to temporarily assist Nate, she discovers that the campers challenge her in ways she’s not ready to face. Yet if she can find the courage to stay, the darkness that has shrouded her for so long may lift to reveal a love arriving out of the blue.
In My Opinion
With every book from a favorite author comes the question of whether I’ll enjoy the new one as much as I have the previous ones. Let me tell you, Susan L. Tuttle manages to make every new book she writes my new favorite, and Out of the Blue is no exception.
When an author can take an unlikable character with walls so thick it seems no one can scale then and show me why that person is that way—the grief, the pain, the fear—I am onboard. And Tuttle does exactly this with Gwen. She’s stubborn and unmovable but with Nate’s patience, optimism, and quick forgiveness make him the perfect counter to Gwen’s hard demeanor. Neither character is perfect, but both are given grace.
For everyone with fond memories of church camp, the setting of this book is nostalgic and fun. The kids add another element to the story to deepen the journey, and the faith message is so well written, it flows as a natural extension of these characters. Fans of contemporary romance cannot go wrong with any of Tuttle’s books.
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