Heart Unbroken by Alexa Verde
Reprinted here with permission from the copyrighted author, Alexa Verde:
Can a widowed sheriff and a former drug addict believe God has the power to mend all broken hearts, even crushed ones like theirs?
Now a Christian, former drug addict Emma Hughes is back in the small town of Rios Azules.
She’s desperate to regain the trust of the son she once abandoned and change her life.
Meeting a vacationer, Rodrigo Ybarra, she fights her attraction to him. Even with her newfound faith, the risk of a relapse is too high.
On the two-year anniversary of his wife’s death at the hand of a junkie, Sheriff Rodrigo Ybarra comes to the ocean to mourn her. Romance is the last thing on his mind, but he’s drawn to a beautiful stranger who frequents the same spot. When he discovers her past could destroy his career, he struggles to guard his heart.
Then Emma’s life is threatened. Rodrigo won’t let her push him away or allow concern for his career to hold him back now. Will he once again lose the woman he loves? Or will faith and trust bring them safely to a future together?
Heart Unbroken is Book 3 of “The Potter’s House Books”, stories of love, hope, redemption, and second chances.
my point of view
I am trying to come with some eloquent words to describe to you guys how this book made me feel……but the best I can manage is WOW.
The Potter’s House series books are all about redemption and grace, in the words of one of the author’s of this series: “we live in a fallen world where people constantly mess up.” This installment form Alexa Verde shows us how we ALL need Grace in our lives!
This book and Emma absolutely touched my heart……drug addiction is such a heartbreaking and all too serious issue in this day and age. The courage it truly takes to recover and stay clean is beyond my personal understanding. I have been extremely unfortunate to have a family member who is struggling with drug addiction every single day, and he is right now on the good side of things, but has had so many setbacks with it in the past, I can only keep praying… but back to the story of Emma, Rodrigo……Junior, Dillon and Joy.
Yes, I am including Emma’s son Junior, ex-husband Dillon, and Joy – her ex-husbands new wife and stepmother to her son. They all play an important role in Emma’s continued recovery – and ultimately – with her new found relationship with Rodrigo. Joy is extremely important to this story, as she becomes one of Emma’s closest allies and staunchest supporter! I admired Joy in her own story (Season of Joy), but honestly, the self confidence that Joy shows in this story is truly amazing! I cannot imagine a new wife and stepmother defending and helping, and just being there for the drug addicted ex-wife, really? Urgh! Truth? I remembered Emma from Season of Joy, and my first gut reaction when I started this book was ‘no’. I don’t want to have sympathy for her, I want Joy and Dillon to tell her to go away……….how awful is that??
But Alexa Verde has a way of writing that just makes you stop and take a look at your own hurts and past struggles, and say, oh, Lord, I am so so sorry……please forgive ME for feeling that way. Ah, yes, I came away with a new found forgiveness in my heart, thanks to reading this book! The writing is powerful, and romantic………and yes, suspenseful! I so enjoyed the mystery and suspense factor – and I did NOT see that ending coming, I promise you! Frankly, I am pretty good at the mystery solving in many books, but this one definitely got the better of me!
I sincerely hope you all give this book a read – it is one of the best I have read to date!
You can get your copy here: https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Unbroken-Potters-House-Books-ebook/dp/B07BNWD8PS
Now, for some REALLY GREAT NEWS! Alexa Verde has the next book in The Potter’s House series available for pre-order! you all may recognize the name of the heroine, Miriam Lizzaraga from Season of Hope, I am so thrilled she is getting her own story! I cannot wait for this to be released later this month! Click below to make sure YOU do not miss out on this one!
Country music sensation, Miriam Lizzaraga, thinks her world’s crushed when she loses her voice. But that’s before her first love decides to marry someone else and the man who nearly killed her sets out to get her again. In desperation, she accepts help from a stranger, Philip Barlow. But with a target on her back and pain in her heart, can she love again?
When Philip Barlow goes on a vacation, he doesn’t expect to meet his celebrity crush. Realizing Miriam is in danger, he’s ready to die to protect her. But scarred after an accident and struggling with anger issues, can he hope the gorgeous star will one day return his feelings?
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