Welcome to Sal’s Place – a renowned Detroit diner filled with good friends, great food, and the beginning of a wonderful story.
Barely scraping by on her pay from the diner and her humble cleaning gig, Jennifer is running ragged. Add in an ailing mother with troubles of her own and Jennifer just needs to find a little rest.
Serve and protect – that’s Ryan Douglas’ job – and he does it well, as one of Detroit’s finest. With his own set of familial heartaches, he follows in his father’s footsteps as he carries out his duty.
Jennifer and Ryan’s worlds collide when a desperate man seeks out the diner’s cash drawer for a pay day. Thrust into the capable arms of Officer Ryan Douglas after the robbery, Jennifer can’t quite shake the warm feeling she finds there. Apparently, neither can Ryan.
A topsy-turvy ride ensues as Jennifer struggles to balance her mother’s emotional needs with her own. As Ryan draws closer, desiring to ease the burden, she pushes him away, fear clouding her eyes. Wanting more than just to prove his love for her, Ryan pursues her with Christ. His gentle persistence and God-centered words bring joy to the gloomy portrait Jennifer has painted of her life.
Finding true joy in the Lord and a bit of love along the way, will Jennifer and Ryan’s relationship be forged through the fire or go up in a cloud of smoke?
An easy afternoon read, Marianne Evans’ story of faith and relationship is light on the surface with a true depth that shines through. Not just focused on the easy elements of romance, this story has true heart, addressing Biblical principles that melted in to the corners of my heart like a soothing salve.
The story reads much like a conversation among friends. Both silly moments and serious anecdotes litter the pages – making for a book both thoughtful and cheery. I very much enjoyed this journey with Jennifer and Ryan, and hope to read more from Ms. Evans soon.
Rated PG-13: While this story is quite clean, I feel the family topics as well as the romance (sweet as it is) of this read would be better suited for an older audience.
Review copy provided by the publisher. Thank you!