In an attempt to soothe his guilt and grief, Jason sets out to make amends with his widowed sister-in-law, Rachel, by offering to help with her two small children, doing odd jobs around her house, and trying to ease her own heavy burden of grief. A new Christian, he is bent on growing his faith and helping Rachel see her way through the fog of pain and confusion.
Left to raise her three-year-old daughter and newborn son on her own, Rachel Evans is anything but willing to become her brother-in-law’s charity case, particularly since they have a history she’d rather forget. She’s determined to make it on her own but soon finds that God has other plans for her-and for Jason. Can she accept the Lord’s leading and still honor her late husband’s memory?
Sharlene MacLaren is well known for her historical romances but I have discovered she is just as comfortable writing a contemporary novel. Tender Vow is the story of a woman battling grief and guilt over her husband’s death while struggling with loneliness and the overwhelming responsibilities of raising her two small children. Rachel’s brother in law Jason is also grieving and determined to honour his brother’s memory by ensuring his niece and nephew are provided for. Sharlene draws out their emotions well especially as feelings long forgotten reemerge. Added conflict arises as it becomes apparent that Jason’s father blames him for his brother’s death. While I felt the story wrapped up a bit too neatly for me given the emotional trauma the family had suffered, Tender Vow is an engaging story with plenty of emotional spark and a nice way to spend an afternoon.
I purchased my own copy of this book
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