Today I am reviewing Refuge of the Heart by Ruth Logan Herne.
Here is the brief synopsis:
District Attorney Mitchell Sanderson wanted for nothing and lost everything in a tragic accident. A dogged worker, Mitch’s conviction rate earned him respect and trust. Now up for re-election, Mitch’s law-and-order persona makes him a shoo-in candidate.
But when faith, conscience and love of a troubled refugee ripple the smooth waters of his existence, can Mitch risk everything for love?
Magdalena Serida fought her way out of the terrors of a government-quelled insurgent uprising in Chechnya. The church-sponsored refugee knows the horrors of war first-hand.
Now in America with her five-year-old sister, Lena is uncertain who to trust. Her Christian faith has maintained her through the loss of her family, but when Mitch Sanderson shows interest, Lena longs to take a chance.
Should she open herself up to this man of law and order, a man who imprisons women like her? Or slip quietly back into the shadowed fringe of anonymity?
But choices slip away when Mitch’s friend spews half-truths about Lena, rumors that cost Mitch his new love and possibly the election. Can he find his way to a faith deep enough to love again, and to offer Lena the refuge of his heart?
I have to confess . . . I didn’t want to read this book.
Okay, there. I confessed. Someone had posted that it was a tear-jerker and I let their opinion stop me. And I feel pretty stupid about it, because it was such a wonderful story, I feel terrible that I might have missed out on it—because I was afraid to read it.
Well, yeah, I grabbed for the tissues, but it’s so much bigger than that. This story MUST be read—and appreciated. Time and again I felt guilty for ever thinking about not reading it.
District Attorney Mitchell Sanderson is a man to respect and trust. Magdalena Serida will endure anything to make a new life for herself and her sister. As they are continually amazed at the others’ endurance, it makes them better individuals.
Mitch and Magdalena are characters I would really like to know. I’d love to know such people, so I could learn from their bravery . . . their faith . . . and their love.
Ruth Logan Herne is an amazing storyteller! She’s never failed to be entertaining, while creating characters so real, I’d like to invite them over for supper!
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Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt