And here he stood, wondering why God had seen fit to bless a man such as him. One who had spent his life looking for a way out or a reason why. Always wondering and questioning why the Lord had picked him to live this silent life. The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.
Breathe. How to put in words such a beautiful prose of redemption, love, faithfulness and community. Everything you ache for is expressed in this love story. It is not a love story between a man and woman but of God’s faithfulness. The goodness of God expressed in faithfulness that is not forced but accepted.
Set after the civil war, Aven an Irish widow, who has set sail from Norway to Virginia. In correspondence with her husband Ben’s aunt Dorthea who has urged Aven to come to Virginia to care for her young nephews. Aven is eager to start over. However, when she arrives, she is surprised that the young nephews are not young boys as Dorthea led her to believe but young men. Aven also discovers that Dorthea has died. Not knowing what to do and where to turn. The eldest of the nephews Jorgan encourages Aven to make her home with Jorgan and his two brothers. That she would be safe and they would support her with whatever she decides to do. To help them care for their orchard and land or find work elsewhere.
Aven is captured by her new family. Each of the characters are characterized by vulnerability and the hardness of life. Thor who is deaf and suffers in silent pain of alcoholism. Haakon the youngest brother who struggles with his own demons.
The two brothers Thor and Haakon fall in love with Aven and the tension becomes thick as the brothers struggle to make their feelings known. Aven has her own struggles as she finds the courage to love again.
There is tension thru out with contrasting characters and the struggles of love and to be heard. Thor being deaf was given great care in how he was expressed, how he was feeling from his fear to what he truly cared about. Contrasted with his brother, who lived in shame of his mother’s death and not living up to expectations. Aven in the middle as she loved one as a brother and the other to what her soul needed. I absolutely loved this and I can’t wait for the next one.
A Special Thank You to Thomas Nelson and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.