A Path Toward Love

Title:  A Path Toward Love
Author:  Cara Lynn James
Pages:  320
Year:  2012
Publisher:  Thomas Nelson
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book.  The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988

                Katharine is a woman who has ended up in a marriage that she thought was going to make her happy, having eloped and moved to Florida.  Yet, here she is six years later a widow struggling to make ends meet and run a citrus business.  Katharine is from a well-off family in New York.  Her faith has been shaken in many ways.
                Andrew is an attorney and he works for his father who owns a railroad company, one of many business endeavors.  Mr. Wainwright, Katharine’s father, arrives to ask her to come home for the summer at Camp Birchwood, which her father has built up over the years.  Katharine is as independent and entrepreneurial as her father, though as a lady her father will never allow her to own or run a business even though that is what she has been doing since her husband has passed away.
                Mr. Wainwright agrees to lend her money to restore the business and hire someone to oversee it while she comes home, but there are strings to this arrangement.  Isabella, Katharine’s mother, has some plans of her own and whether her daughter likes it or not, she plans on making her daughter follow her orders.
                Great Aunt Letty has a faith and wisdom that she shares with Katharine, which happens to run counter to her parent’s threats and plans.  With her warm heart, faith, and love, she dotes on her great-niece.  Letty shares her heart and her prayers in the hopes that Katharine will have the courage to stand against the pressures she faces. 
                Randy and Andrew have been Katy’s friends since they were kids, though only Randy has the background that meets with the approval of both mothers.  Randy’s father is a successful banker and has allowed his son to live his life with money, but no responsibility.  Now he is being pressured to court Katy, though he longs to retain his freedom.  There are pressures and choices faced by Katy, Randy, and Andrew from parents and employers that will force choices from all three.  What will Randy do, force the courtship with Katy or work?  Will Katharine who loves another allow Randy to court her and eventually marry him?  Will she again be in a loveless marriage?
                Then there is her dead husband’s mistress who wants money.  She wants to raise the son Katharine’s husband fathered in comfort.  How much money is enough?  Where is Katharine to get the funds to satisfy this lady?  Does she feel a Christian responsibility to show charity when she feels anger towards her?
                In this story, there is a thread that shows the choice that all mankind has:  follow the Lord’s will or try to take care of life without Him.  The characters are fictional to be sure, but they represent the various circumstance, events, and decisions all mankind must make in their lives.  I loved this heart-gripping tale that shows what possible results come from choices the characters make.  It kept me riveted and turning pages until the end!
My rating is 5 stars.
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