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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Begin Again by Crystal Walton is Book Two in the Home in You series, a beautifully written Christian romance. I love romance that is built on characters who are broken somehow, people whose pain allows them to connect genuinely with others. Crystal Walton has created such characters in Drew Anderson and Ti Russo. Ti has spent her entire life running away from the nightmare that has been her childhood. Every time she thinks she can face it, she finds herself on the run. Now, one phone call has reminded her of the nightmare and she looks for a way to shake it off, a distraction, and so she is running again, but little does she know that she is running not from something this time, but into someone.
Drew has suffered a painful loss and has spent the last nine years struggling to keep the shop going, a family business that is threatened from all sides. Paying his bills and taking care of his daughter’s medical needs are topmost things on his mind. Then comes Ti and everything changes. Can Ti limit the adventure to a simple distraction that will take her mind off the nightmare and is Drew ready to love and lose again?
Crystal Walton’s writing seduced me and had me enthralled. The prose is excellent and her narrative voice so powerful and clear that it will have readers hooked throughout the entire ride. I enjoyed the way she weaves intensely emotional episodes into the story. I was transported into the inner workings of the hearts of the characters and I could feel their thrills and pain. Begin Again features well-sculpted characters who are emotionally rich, human, and highly relatable. This is a character-driven story that will have you entertained, reminding you of some of the finest emotions you have experienced.