My rating: 4 stars / I really liked it
Synopsis from goodreads.com
Molly Zook has everything planned just right. Or so she thinks!
Molly Zook's always liked being in control, so she's struggling with her mother's wish that, to save the family farm, she marry Mervin Mosier. Especially after Molly meets Leon Fisher. He's from Montana but is now training horses at a nearby ranch. He is tall and muscular and confident--Molly has never met anyone like him and she's sure he feels the same about her.
Determined to let nothing get between them, Molly tries to coax Mervin into falling back in love with Molly's best friend, Hannah. A weekend camping trip in the Poconos could be just the place . . . but things quickly go awry, and it seems Leon and Hannah might be falling for each other instead! Will Molly keep struggling to control everyone and everything around her? Or will she learn to let God handle the twists and turns of her life?
The aspect of this novel that really resonated with me was Molly's grief as she coped with the unexpected death of her father. While there is love triangle drama, pressure from her mother, stress over the family finances, a difficult younger sister, an unpredictable best friend, and control-issues that surfaced on a camping trip... underlying all of that are sweet moments of remembering and longing for her father. I consider a book successful when I am feeling the emotions of the character rather than just reading about them- and amid the sometimes high-school type drama I found a tear in my eye as Molly tried to make sense and gain control over her changing circumstances. Looking forward to reading more by this author!
(ARC provided via Netgalley for unbiased review)