About the Book
Once a strong Christian, third baseman Shane Riley lost his faith the night he injured his knee in a freak car accident. Determined to return to professional baseball and to find the sister he treated badly, Shane retreats to Refuge, Wyoming. There he meets Melissa June “MJ” Townsend, a single mom battling the virus that causes cervical cancer.
MJ wants nothing to do with the handsome athlete—no doubt a womanizer considering the stories in the news. But when a mistake results in Shane renting her garage apartment, they become friends. That friendship blossoms into something deep and pure, leaving MJ with a painful secret to tell. Even more complicated, she discovers an unexpected tie to Shane’s missing sister—a wounded woman who wants nothing to do with the perfect brother who scorned her.
In My Opinion
If you’re looking for a book with real characters who have made real mistakes and struggle with the consequences, sometimes years later, look no further. In When He Found Me, Victoria Bylin delves into the messiness of poor choices, of bad and difficult things happening to good people, and questions about why God doesn’t take those hard things away from his children.
Even though Shane is struggling with his faith, it’s obvious from the first pages that this man has a good heart. MJ is a brand-new Christian learning to lean into God’s strength, but sometimes fear wins that battle and she gets stuck in her own head.
Bravo to Bylin for diving into several issues in this story—lost dreams, consequences of sex before marriage, and domestic abuse are just a few. Like the letters that four women find comfort in for different reasons, this book will speak to different areas to readers, meeting them wherever they are in their lives.
My fingers are crossed that Daisy gets a starring role in the next Road to Refuge book because this is a woman who deserves to be loved well.
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