This is a sequel to The Unfinished Gift. In 1944, pilot Shawn Collins has escaped capture after his plane was shot down in Europe, and is now home in the States. The Army wants to send their newest hero on a war bond tour, but he’s reluctant to go. His wife recently died in a car crash, and his relationship with his father is strained. Who will take care of his young son Patrick? Katherine Townsend, Patrick’s former social worker, agrees to act as nanny. A romance begins to form between Shawn and Katherine, but the shadow of Shawn’s wife stands between them. Will their attraction to each other overcome war’s obstacles?
This is a gentle Christian romance, with the religious content on the moderate to heavy side. I felt I missed some character development from not having read the first book. The protagonists are likeable people, and the interactions with the child Patrick aren’t icky sweet like in some other books in the genre. The only small problem is that the author allows some 21st century expressions and sensibilities to slip into a tale that’s set 65-plus years ago. Inspirational fiction fans will love it nevertheless.