Troubled Waters introduced me to a new author, and I'll definitely be reading her again. Maybe it's my love of the south (my mama's from the south), maybe it's my love of books that center around healing, maybe it was my need for a slower pace, but I truly loved this book. With Troubled Waters Rene Gutteridge does a beautiful job of immersing you into the story and tugging you along with Macey as she and her mother finally find healing after seventeen long years apart. Oh, and then there's Noah, the handsome artist who lives next door to Macey's mother. Macey and Noah's first encounter had me laughing. I love his almost sarcastic wit (I have a very dry sense of humor, that often gets me in trouble, so I always love characters who share that trait). And while romance is definitely not a theme in this story, Noah played a large role in Macey's journey toward healing. Though I would have liked a bit more to the ending, all in all I I liked this book.
One side note to my author friends--you'll need to turn your internal editor off for this one. Published in 2003, you'll find a little head hopping, a small chapter of info dumping, and unclear POV's at times...but not enough to bug me, and if you can still read just for the sake of story, then pick this one up and enjoy:)
Here's a short blurb:
After many years away, Macey Steigel has unexpectedly come back to her childhood home in Kansas for her father's funeral. She intends to return to her big-city career as quickly as possible and leave the dismal past buried along with her dad. But the first sight of the old farmhouse triggers a wave of memories--and recollections of a painful secret--that she thought she'd left behind long ago. While her life in the city beckons brightly, her past is also quietly challenging her to face old demons.
Happy Reading! And have a blessed weekend:)