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Rivers Sullivan bears both visible and invisible scars—those on her shoulder from a bullet wound and those on her heart from the loss of her fiancé during the same brutal attack. Not even her background as an art therapist can help her regain her faith in humanity. Still, she scrapes together the courage to travel to St. Simons Island to see the beach cottage and art gallery she’s inherited from her fiancé. When she stumbles upon recovering addicts running her gallery, she’s forced to reckon with her own healing.
After the tragic drowning of his cousin, James Cooper Knight spends his days trying to make up for his past mistakes. He not only dedicates his life to addiction counseling, but guilt drives him to the water, searching for others who’ve been caught unaware of the quickly rising tides of St. Simons. When he rescues a peculiar blond woman and her sketch pad from a sandbar, then delivers this same woman to his deceased grandmother’s properties, he knows things are about to get even more complicated.
Tragic circumstances draw Cooper and Rivers closer, but they fight their growing feelings. Though Cooper’s been sober for years, Rivers can’t imagine trusting her heart to someone in recovery, and he knows a relationship with her will only rip his family further apart. Distrust and guilt are only the first roadblocks they must overcome if they take a chance on love.
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Janet Ferguson never fails to amaze in each of her books. The Art of Rivers is poignant, full of truth about Christ, and gives us a look at substance abuse/addiction in a realistic light. To be honest, substance abuse whether alcohol or drugs has overtaken our world regardless of age groups, part of the world, etc. It has devastated so many lives and families so this book is so apropos for the contemporary world. The beach backdrop is so well done and stunning (one of Janet's many strengths in all her books), and the characters are all so well developed and so down to earth. The challenges they face and the emotion attached comes through clearly. The romance that blossoms is sweet, honest, and worthwhile to watch unfold. The pace is steady and I promise you, you won't be able to put it down. I recommend this one for the romance fiction reader, but also for any Christian fiction reader that enjoys a well-rounded quality book that centers around real issues for today.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author, and all opinions given are entirely my own.
About the Author
Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served as a children's minister and a youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a cat that allows them to share the space.