cover image Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon

Denise Hunter. Thomas Nelson, $16.99 trade paper (342p) ISBN 978-0-7852-4056-3

A tragic accident gives a divorced couple a second chance at love in the warmhearted third installment of Hunter’s Riverbend Romance series (after Mulberry Hollow). After husband and wife Mike and Mallory die in a plane crash, their best friends, Laurel and Gavin Robinson, are shocked to discover the will appoints them as the guardians of Mike and Mallory’s two-and-half-year-old daughter Emma. Lauren and Gavin have been divorced for three years, after the death of their young son caused Gavin to retreat into himself and Laurel to crave the emotional support he was too devastated to give her. They are unsure if they are ready to try parenting again, but efforts to place Emma with relatives don’t pan out, and Laurel and Gavin acquiesce, asking God for help raising the toddler. As Laurel and Gavin spend time together preparing Mike and Mallory’s apple orchard for harvest, Laurel notices how Gavin has changed since their split, from the way he helps around the house to how he’s started openly sharing his feelings and dreams with her. They learn to set aside their differences and work together to rebuild their relationship and make a loving home for Emma. Readers looking for an uplifting Christian romance will appreciate how Laurel and Gavin’s faith helps dispel their deep-rooted fears so they can find a way to love again. Inspirational fans will find this hard to resist. (Sept.)