Retreat to Shelter Creek by Lee Carver
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
When her marriage disintegrates, Ashley Brooker packs up and heads to Shelter Creek, Texas to care for her grandmother during her cancer treatments. Austin Chism arrives on her grandmother’s doorstep with the lowest roofing estimate that ends with “…but I want the pig” and Ashley is charmed. The boy she befriended during her summers at her grandparents has grown up to be a strong, gorgeous man with an equally adorable 6-year-old son. Can she keep her heart from becoming involved with these two when a) her divorce isn’t final and b) her husband is doing everything he can to destroy any good memories she ever had of them together? As the depth of his betrayal comes to light, can she forgive him so that her wounded heart can move on?
Austin Chism has been a widower for almost 4 years. His son doesn’t remember his mother. He would love to marry again but the debts his father left him with make him wonder if he can afford a wife. He’s having enough trouble staying ahead of his mother’s extravagant spending. While his roofing business is doing well, he’d rather be ranching than sitting on hot roofs during the hot Texas summers. Meeting Ashley and seeing the depth of her faith, Austin begins to see a future that includes her. Unfortunately, she’s still married when they meet. Can he hold his feelings back when she’s everything he wants?
As “accidents” begin to happen to Ashley, Austin’s protective instincts kick in. It appears that Ashley’s husband feels that murder is cheaper than divorce, and quicker. Can Ashley stay alive long enough to find proof?
The faith element was strong in this story. Ashley is the daughter of a preacher and fears that her divorce will come between her and her parents which is not something book characters usually worry about when a marriage breaks down. Prayer and church are also both emphasized with both main characters turning to prayer both as a daily occurrence and as a “time of crisis” thing. I appreciated these elements in the story.
This book will be enjoyed by those who love clean romance, western romance or even suspense as there is a fair amount of that in the story as well. This was a fairly quick read but that may have been because I had trouble putting it down!
Rated G: I didn’t see any real issues with this one.
Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher via bookfun.org. Thank you!