Title: The Picture
Author: Stephanie Taylor
Publisher: Astraea Press
Sophie lives her life as a hospice nurse running from her past and over-compensating for her sins. She wants nothing more than to help others the way someone once helped her. But she never expected to get so attached to one of her patients.
Nicholas is suddenly looking for more meaning in his life than money, fast women and flashing lights. Life as a rocker has left him empty. Only Emily filled the gaping hole in his heart and with her death, his soul is broken into pieces.
When two lives collide, Sophie and Nicholas know they’ll never be the same. Together, they try to figure out a message Emily has left behind. Can they succeed before the realities of life tear them apart?
Nicholas and Sophie are two hurting, weary people brought together by a shared love for a little girl who lost her battle with cancer. The explosive chemistry between them and the potent sexual tension alternately draws them together and threatens to push them apart. They must both learn to let go of the past and embrace the future, but are they willing to risk their hearts?
This book is packed with emotion and takes the reader on a roller-coaster ride of joy, grief, anger, love, and everything in between. From the very start, Ms. Taylor takes the reader on a journey of healing and discovery, never once shying away from the difficulties involved in such a trip. If you’re looking for a lighthearted romance that never goes deeper than the surface, this isn’t it. The Picture digs deep, faces difficult subjects, and realistically portrays the ups and downs of overcoming past hurts to begin a new relationship. Ms. Taylor’s vivid writing style will pull you into the story and have you laughing and crying right along with Sophie and Nicholas. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves clean romances that pull at your heartstrings.