It’s 1997, and Lexa Clarke has decided to take the summer off her job as a financial planner to sign up for TeamWorks, a mission rebuilding houses ruined by a flood in Texas. Lexa’s spiritual life has been on hold for years. She’s seeking, but not very hard. She’s here for the humanitarian element.
Sam Lewis is the director of TeamWorks. It’s definitely not in his plan to fall for his newest volunteer almost as soon as he picks her up in San Antonio, but she’s so feisty and funny. A flat tire proves she doesn’t have a clue which tool is which, and Sam begins to wonder how she’ll manage on the work site.
Lexa’s spunk and resistance to leadership cause problems, even as she, in turn, is falling hard for Sam. But when Sam blatantly says he sees his future wife to be a strong Christian, matching him in spirituality, Lexa’s temper flares and she stalks off into an unsavory part of town. At night. And really hates to admit she needs rescuing.
Awakening is a unique novel in that it’s loosely based on the author’s own romance with her husband. The TeamWorks mission provides an interesting backdrop to this tale of two people struggling to align themselves with God first and foremost, and learning to deal with pride and selfishness while also finding love.
JoAnn Durgin, her husband, Jim, and their three children live in her native southern Indiana after living in TX, CA, PA and MA. She likes to say she’s “been around in the nicest sense of the word.” She’s a full-time wealth administration paralegal in a Louisville, Kentucky, law firm, and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.
I purchased the Kindle version of Awakening for the purpose of reviewing it. And because JoAnn is a friend of mine!