November 21, 2005
by Deborah Bedford
REVIEWED BY SUE CORBETT
A str in the burgeoning Christian finction genre, Bedford blends religion and romance in her enjoyable 12th novel. Dishing upmeat loaf in his college cafeteria, Sam Tibbits gets "a holy urge" to become a minister. All he needs in addition, he decides, is Aubrey, the friend he fell for during childhood vacations to Oregon. After a cross-country drive to propose, Sam finds that Aubrey's family ahs moved, levaing no trace. He never marries, and at midlife, feeling depleated and hoping for spiritual renewal, he revisits the spot he loved as a teen. Blessedly (and improbably), Aubrey has chosen the same time and beach to wrestle with her own demons.
Bedford's secondary characters never come fully alive, but there are probing questions here about why bad things happen to good people, and a gentle story about refrigerator blindness, as Sam realizes that what he was looking for was right in front of him all along.
PEOPLE, November 21, 2005, p. 57
©2005 Time Life, Inc.
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