Trying to heal the ache she feels in her empty life, wealthy Christine Pendleton decides to volunteer at Centre Street Chapel. Ministering to one of the most deprived parts of New York City, the chapel aims at making a difference in the lives of the impoverished immigrants flooding the city. After seeing firsthand the hopelessness of the poor women and orphans, Christine is convinced more can be done to help them.
Guy Bedell has been serving at the chapel and pouring his heart out for the people he’s grown to care about. When Christine begins to challenge his methods and offers a new vision for reaching out to the community, can he trust that perhaps God has bigger plans in store for him–plans that may include this feisty socialite?
Even though it was a short read that introduces you to the main characters of this book, I still enjoyed it.
One thing that I liked is that the hero and heroine were older – she 30 and he in his early 40’s. Christine comes from money and she decides to use her inheritance to help the less fortunate – to give them a job so they don’t have to restore to prostitution and a place to live so they can better their lives when the others wouldn’t give them a second thought or glance. Guy has been married once before and even has an adult son, he never thinks that he would find another soul to spend his life with after his wife’s passing, but when Christine walks up to him in church, everything changes – he falls for her fast and doesn’t mess around with stating his feelings and intentions.
Also we are introduced to three other characters, Elise, Marianne, and Sophie – they are orphan German immigrants who are down on their luck wishing to better their situation – which will be featured in the ‘full’ fledged series and I cannot wait to read about them and start ‘With You Always’.