Where She Belongs by Johnnie Alexander

517SCDdarNL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Shelby Kincaid is ready to move on from her grief. With high hopes for the future, she longs to purchase her family’s ancestral homestead so she can raise her young daughters in the only place she ever truly belonged. She plans to transform the abandoned house into the perfect home of her memories. But she’ll have her work cut out for her.

AJ Sullivan never wanted the homestead. Inherited as a punishment from his grandfather, it has sat empty for fifteen years and fallen into ruin. He’s glad to finally unload it. But a clean break isn’t possible when he can’t get the young widow Shelby off his mind.

Welcome to Misty Willow, a place that will have as great a hold over the reader as it does over its inhabitants. With writing that evokes a strong sense of place and personal history, Johnnie Alexander deftly explores the ties that bind us to home–and the irresistible forces that draw us to each other.

About the Author

Johnnie Alexander, author and freelance editor, writes stories that linger in the heart. The first of three contemporary romances, Where She Belongs, releases in January 2016 (Misty Willow Series, Revell).

Her debut novel, Where Treasure Hides (Tyndale, 2013), won the ACFW Genesis Contest (2011 Historical Fiction). “Beneath the Christmas Star,” her first short story, appeared in the Guideposts anthology A Cup of Christmas Cheer–Tales of Joy and Wonder for the Holidays (2013).

Johnnie also has won the Best Novel award at the 2010 Florida Christian Writers Conference and both the Best Novel and Writer of the Year awards at the 2009 FCWC. She is a 2012 Bronze Medalist in the My Book Therapy Frasier Contest.

A graduate of Rollins College (Orlando) with a Master of Liberal Studies degree, Johnnie treasures family memories, classic movies, road trips, and stacks of books. She experiences farm life in the Memphis area with a small herd of alpacas and Rugby, the princely papillon who treed a raccoon.

Visit her blog at http://johnnie-alexander.com/

My Thoughts

When Shelby returns to her family home, she does not expect the problems to ensue between her extended family. She, along with her uncle, uncover a history that answers questions lurking in the family’s past.

This love story is set in Ohio, an area that is beautiful, peaceful, and charming. As one who lived in this state for part of my childhood, I appreciate this setting for Johnnie Alexander’s novel.

If you enjoy contemporary Christian novels with modern characters, you will love this first novel of the Misty Willow Series.

Thank you to the author and Revell for a copy in exchange for my review.

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