"Olivia Arroyo knows who she is and where she’s going—her sense of family responsibility a stepping-stone to her dream of becoming a chef. When her employer refuses her the chance to move from server to the kitchen, she makes another opportunity for herself with the owner of a new food truck. But her life derails when a hidden piece of her past suddenly comes to light, and she discovers everything she thought she knew about herself has been a lie.
A single decision can have innumerable consequences—a truth that has changed Adam Carrington’s life. A criminal defense attorney turned food truck owner, he is haunted by his role in an unpardonable act and driven by his need to make restitution. Unexpected help comes in the form of a feisty, raven-haired beauty, but she soon begins challenging his kitchen as well as his heart.
Propelled by a fleeting hope of freedom, Winnie and her family escape slavery and find refuge and new life with the Seminole Indians of Florida. But their future is still uncertain as threats of war, a return to slavery, and removal to the West shake their tentative grasp on freedom. Will they ever step out of the shadow of fear to leave a legacy of deliverance?"
Author: Sarah Monzon
Length: 302 pages
Format: paperback, e-book
They were prisoners of the past.
Could legacy be the key to set them free?
This was the first book I've read by Sarah, but it will NOT be the last!
There are very few authors who can get me to seriously laugh out loud, and I can now add Sarah to that list.
This is book 3 in her "Carrington Family" series. Thought you should always try and read a series in order (yes I'm talking to me too), these books can be read on their own.
The only thing I felt I was missing was more time in this world. I am lucky enough to have book 1&2 on my shelves already...you best believe my nose will be in those books when my schedule opens up a bit.
Let's talk about the humor in this book. Like God's grace it ABOUNDS!
Something to know about me...I LOVE PUNS! Way more than is socially acceptable actually. 🤷
So to get pun after pun after wit after wit, I was in book nerd heaven!
The characters meet VERY abruptly, but instantly they have a bond. Yes you can tell they have chemistry, yes we all know they're going to fall in love. BUT THEY STARTED OUT AS SUPPORT SYSTEMS FOR EACH OTHER! They were instant friends and instant sounding boards for each other.
I got so engrossed in the story and them, that I'd completely forget they barely knew each other. That's how comfortable they were in each other's company.
And I LOVE relationships like that. Yes they might move a touch fast, but they don't FEEL like they do.
This is a dual timeline story. Now these books normally aren't my cup of tea because I feel like my brain is trying to keep up with too many things at once.
However, I never felt bogged down by the historical timeline in this book. It didn't drag or feel unnecessary. It kept a nice steady pace and kept up with the modern day story line.
This book deals with adoption, and some of the messy parts of finding birth parents. It was definitely interesting to see the different emotions Olivia went through during the whole process.
I actually remember when Sarah was doing research for this book. I am honored and so proud to read the fruits of her labor!
On top of the adoption theme there was the theme of forgiveness. Forgiving other people, and forgiving oneself.
RE-learning that everyone deserves that "AMAZING GRACE" no matter what they've done.
This was a SUPER cute read, I loved the main characters and both of their families.
I rated this a 4.5/5 stars.
*I received this book in exchange for my honest review**I was not required to give a positive review**All opinions are my own*