This is such a sweet, tremendous story about love, loss, innocence and resilience (written with a wit and style that makes it an absolute page-turner).
Emma’s past is horrific and dreadful, but her story is about healing and finding happiness. She’s such a well-rounded character—vulnerable, resilient, angry, caring, and in desperate need of love. She makes seemingly terrible choices in the beginning, but they are ones you can emphatically understand.
David is the quintessential perfection of man (in my humble opinion). He’s strong, funny, understanding (but not a walk-over), an amazing Dad, and above all, he’s kind.
The two of them together make for an incredibly entertaining and heart-warming story.
There are some parts that had me rolling in laughter. Kenzie (Emma’s daughter) is an awesome character, she comes out with some epic kid-clangers that every parent can relate to.
I’d read The Resurrection of Dylan McAthie (the first book in the Pine Bluff series) and loved it. This second stand-alone novel is just as compelling. We do see a return of familiar characters (Dylan and Jenifer), who play smaller roles, but David and Emma’s story is unique and captivating (you don’t have to read Dylan’s story to understand this one—although I’d highly recommend it as it’s so good). Side note: Dylan is still hilarious and firmly remains one of my favourite book-boyfriends!
Although The Redemption of Emma Devine is essentially a romance, it’s so much more than a simple love story. From page one to the end, it’s a compelling read of fraught, funny and flipping fantastic. I was taken on such a rollercoaster of emotions and finished the ride feeling stuffed with satisfaction.
The Redemption of Emma Devine
by Nancee Cain
Series: Pine Bluff, #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Cover Designer: Shannon Lumetta
Photographer: Chantell Reid
Release Date: October 19, 2017
After the upheaval of being dumped by his girlfriend, David Patterson leads a quiet life as a high school teacher in the small Southern town of Pine Bluff, Alabama. Soon to enroll in seminary, his dreams are within his grasp.
But a chance encounter with Emma Devine changes everything. She’s on the run, desperate, and surviving by any means possible. His pastor’s heart longs to help her—and the rest of him is rather intrigued as well.
His random act of kindness brings them together, but Emma makes an unfathomable decision—one that threatens to destroy two lives, though her intention is to save one.
Four years later, Emma returns, seeking redemption. But can David—whose dreams took a very different course after their last meeting—forgive her and risk losing everything?
During the day, Nancee Cain works as a nurse/counselor in the field of addiction to support her coffee and reading habit. Nights are spent writing paranormal and contemporary romances with a serrated edge.
Authors are her rock stars, and she’s been known to stalk a few for an autograph, but not in a scary, Stephen King way. Her husband swears her To-Be-Read list qualifies her as a certifiable book hoarder.
Always looking to try something new, she dreams of being an extra in a Bollywood film, or a tattoo artist. (Her lack of rhythm and artistic ability may put a damper on both of these dreams.)