FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.
Much to my great and happy surprise, this story turned out to be quite wonderful. It was adventurous, mysterious, sweet, dangerous, and faith-filled. I rather enjoyed it from beginning to almost-end. The romance in this story was sweet. Sometimes it was cheesy, but it was also clean and mostly realistic. The characters were quirky and unique, with great goals and dreams but also facing pasts and trials to overcome.
The only thing that seemed out of character for both of the leads was the final scene. It was a bit deflating for me, because the guy resorted to bribery and the lady chose to push a bit of feminism, neither of which had seemed like their personalities up to that point. Had the final scene been more organic and consistent with the two leads’ characteristics from the previous chapters, this would have easily been a five-star favorite. Even with the disappointing ending, this turned out to be a four-star book for me. Maybe another read-through of it down the road will give me a new appreciation for the ending. A friend of mine I buddy read this book with didn’t feel the same snag on the ending as I, so there’s hope that other readers will adore it.
Overall, I treasured my time with this book. It was neat to see the Grand Canyon so gorgeously described. I’ve been to this amazing place a few times, and it always takes my breath away. This book captured that awe.