“In her romance novel Mending Places, Denise Hunter weaves a tale around contemporary issues including child abuse, rape, counseling, divorce, Alzheimer’s disease, and forgiving the unforgivable. Hanna Landin is haunted by a nightmare in her past as she helps her failing grandmother try to breathe life into a dying family business. Proving that hurt people hurt people, Micah Gallagher unleashes his anger at his past by lashing out at others. As their paths intersect and a future begins to unfold, Hanna and Micah choose to do the hard work of facing their pasts.
“Whether entering a new romance or seeking to win back an erring husband, Hunter captures the prevalent tendency of women to chase men in relationships. Her wounded characters remind us that the road to emotional healing is long and hard. The process of forgiveness is more like a crock pot than a microwave, but it’s worth the work. The book’s unspoken message is that by choosing not to deal with our own baggage, we damage ourselves and those around us. Facing and dealing with the ugly truth is painful, but sets us free to live healthy and productive lives fostering loving relationships.
“Ten discussion questions are included in the back of Mending Places along with blank journal pages for readers to record personal experiences with forgiving others and being forgiven. Readers who enjoy this first book in the New Heights Series by Howard Fiction will be pleased to know the sequel is slated for March 2005. As a teaser, chapter one of Saving Grace is included in the back of the paperback.” – PeggySue Wells, Christian Book Previews.com
When mountain guide Micah Gallagher is hired by the spirited Hanna Alexander to help raise revenues for her failing family lodge, a high-country adventure filled with love, intrigue, and romance ensues. Almost immediately, Hanna betrays her own professional reservations and finds herself enamored by the mystery of Micah's carefully guarded past. When the two unexpectedly fall in love, Micah is forced to face the hidden places that haunt him, and Hanna must address her fears and determine if forgiveness can make way for love. Teeming with suspicion and intrigue, this Grand Teton adventure leaves the reader struggling with the Christian response of forgiveness in the midst of emotional entanglements, fears of the heart, and the inevitable agony of love.
Has fate brought the two together, or will circumstances tear them apart? What are the secrets that Micah guards so closely? Will love and forgiveness conquer the entanglements of their past and make way for a future together?