After returning home from teaching English at a refugee camp in the Philippines, Samantha Bravencourt enjoys her quiet life working at her mother’s clothing boutique in Falls Church, Virginia. When she receives an invitation to a wedding in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she looks forward to reconnecting with her college friend. Instead her life collides with Carson, a fellow teacher and the man who broke her heart, and a young Amerasian refugee named Lien who needs Samantha and Carson’s help to find her mother before Lien’s own wedding. When the search for Lien’s mother reveals surprising secrets from the past, Samantha must reevaluate her own memories and decide whether to continue to play it safe or take a risk that could change her life.
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Bethany House (October 1, 2011)
I was happy when I saw the book in the mailbox the other day. I have heard great things about it and was anxious to give it a go. Samantha’s invited to her friend’s wedding. As she is getting anxious to go she calls one of her friends to meet up with her. The day of the wedding she doesn’t see anyone she knows or her friend. She goes into the church anyway as she wants to see her friend wed. Turns out Samantha was at the wrong wedding it was not her friend getting married after all, but a person with the same name. She does meet a nice gentleman at the wedding and they start to see each other a few times. As Sam goes to visit her aunt down in Winston-Salem she runs into a long-lost student she had taught in the Philippines. Huy invites her to his families restaurant where she sees Lien for the first time since she left. With this visit Carson ( her friend and co-worker from the Philippines ) learns of Samantha’s whereabouts and tries to contact her. Sam doesn’t know what to think about meeting up with Carson again after all these years.
I enjoyed learning about Samantha’s teaching job and then coming back to the states to help her mom run the boutique shop. Then to learn of her family and their pasts. The romance aspect was nice and sweet not gushy or sappy. It was just the right tone.
The setting in both Virginia and North Carolina are described well. The author did a good job in her research.
This is a book I will reread again and again. This is a must read.