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Reviewed by Deborah Stone for Readers' Favorite
The Scenic Route (Where Faith Leads You Book 1) by Jane Cummins is a story full of emotions and faith. Hazel, an artist, returns home to Lune Gully because her Aunt Gussy is ill. Darin Phillips, an archaeologist, is invited to Lune Gully by Gussy when she attends his lecture and book signing. Hazel and Darin meet and are attracted to each other, but Darin's work as an archaeologist will take him back to Israel and she will be returning to New Orleans. As we enjoy the story of Hazel and Gussy and their friends and situations in the small town of Lune Gully, we see the friendship between Hazel and Darin begin to grow and show the promise of something else. Darin is not a good one-on-one communicator and Hazel is outgoing and friendly; neither wants to get involved because it would be just be a short-term relationship. Hazel cares for Aunt Gussy and takes on an art project at the town's Children's Center to keep herself busy. Darin is working on a new book in an isolated cabin in the woods that he has rented for three months. As circumstances cause their paths to cross repeatedly, can either one admit that there is more than friendship on their mind? And if they admit it, how can it succeed while they are oceans apart?
Jane Cummins tells a delightful story of love, caring, friendships and faith that is difficult to put down. Jane Cummins shows us the love and caring of Hazel for her Aunt Gussy. We see Darin's passion for his work and his search for truth. Two people from opposite worlds meet in this small town where neither of them live, and their lives and hearts become intertwined. This is an excellent read, very enjoyable and difficult to put down. Jane Cummins' characters are real, relatable and endearing, and they are people I would want to know.