This is book 2 of the Valley Creek Redemption series. In this book Lorena is faced with her estranged husband, Earl, who left her many years ago, when she goes to visit her daughters in the town of Valley Creek. Lorena is surprised and starts having emotions that she thought she had dealt with long ago. When Earl thinks of the past and how he has hurt the family, he needs to make a decision to stay and deal with Lorena or leave town. When tragedy hits the town, Lorena and Earl need to decide if they can forgive and stay and help the town or will one leave or both leave?
I would recommend this book to those that enjoy a good read about forgiveness, family and faith. It moves along well and makes you want to continue their story to find out what is going to happen. Even though this is book 2 of the series, it can be read as a stand alone. I did not read book 1 yet and was able to follow the story without any problems, even though I would like to go back to book 1 and find out more of the details of Lorena and Earl... good read.
About the Book
Author: Candace West
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Release Date: March 17, 2020
Forgiving is far from forgetting.
Lorena Steen gave up on love years ago. After arriving at Valley Creek to visit her daughters, she stumbles first thing into Earl, the husband who abandoned her.
As for Earl, facing Lorena while fighting his own demons tempts him to flee town. How can he rebuild a relationship with his daughters and cynical neighbors when guilt shadows every step?
While the storm brews between them, another storm descends on Valley Creek. Will a ghost town stand in its wake?
But then the townsfolk devise a plan. All they need is a former concert pianist and violinist. A wife and husband estranged.
Can Lorena and Earl set aside their feelings to rescue a community? Even though it sweeps them back through valleys best forgotten? Especially when a forbidden love claims his right to win Lorena’s heart?
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About the AuthorCandace West was born in the Mississippi delta to a young minister and his wife. She grew up in small-town Arkansas and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. When she was twelve years old, she wrote her first story, “Following Prairie River.” In 2018, she published her debut novel Lane Steen. By weaving hope-filled, page-turning stories, Candace shares the Gospel and encourages her readers. She currently lives in her beloved Arkansas with her husband and their son along with two dogs and three cats.
More from CandaceWhy I Wrote Valley of Shadows
Can a villain become a hero? When I ended my debut novel Lane Steen, I knew someday I had to discover if a kidnapper and alcoholic was worth saving. Could that same person save a town after tragedy strikes while wrestling with his own demons?
Earl Steen had a dark valley to cross.
With a destroyed reputation, Earl must prove in Valley of Shadows that God has not wasted His efforts on him. Also, Lorena, his estranged wife, has her own score to settle. How can she when the villain no longer exists?
Nothing tugs at my heart more than lost, unrequited love. My second book focuses on their lost relationship. Earl and Lorena had haunted one another long enough. Could God mend what Earl had shattered?
Sitting down to write, I returned to Valley Creek and uncovered places within Earl’s heart that I never knew existed. Lorena’s struggles became mine as she grappled with understanding and forgiving. The dark places of their past somehow had to merge with the light of a hopeful future.
Getting Earl and Lorena to rediscover their love was a journey fraught with tension, grief, frustration, and hope. Was it worth every rewrite, every long hour staring at my computer screen waiting for my characters’ next move?
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