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Love on the Mend

By Karen Witemeyer


After serving as a doctor during the War Between the States, Jacob Sadler wants nothing more than to establish a quiet country practice in rural Texas. But he knows he'll never find peace until he buries the pain of his past. To that end, he accepts a job in Cold Spring, Texas--the town he's avoided for seventeen years--and discovers his past is definitely still alive and kicking.

When a new doctor arrives in town and saves her brother's leg, Mollie Tate quickly puts him on a hero's pedestal. But then the new doc insults her "Uncle" Curtis. Years ago, Curtis Sadler rescued Mollie when no one else cared. How could he possibly be the villain the new doctor believes him to be?

Jacob doesn't know what to make of the young woman who assists him like a seasoned nurse one minute only to take a strip out of his hide the next. Yet the sparks that fly between them make him feel more alive than he has in a long time. As respect for his young nurse turns into something deeper, can he set aside the pain from his past to embrace this new love, or are some sins too big to be forgiven?

Book Takeaway:

Often the wounds that cut us the deepest are those inflicted (intentional or not) by those we love - by family. These wounds might scab over with time, but they never fully heal without forgiveness and God's ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:17-21)

Why the author wrote this book:

Jacob Sadler first appeared as a young, runaway boy in my novel Full Steam Ahead. As I came to know him and ache over his traumatic past, I knew I couldn't just leave his story unfinished. He needed a happy ending, not only in a romantic sense, but he needed to reconcile with the family he left - heal those wounds that left such dark scars on his heart. Watching him make that journey with a little help from the feisty Mollie, did my heart good.


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