"An endearing second chance at love tale"
In Whisper Creek, Colorado, Deputy Sheriff Sam Canfield
still mourns the death of his beloved wife even though
three years have passed. Sam and his father mutually gave
up on one another as the younger Canfield chose marriage
and his dream of becoming a cop over his family. Now only
law enforcement keeps him sane. To his chagrin, Sam learns
that his estranged father Elijah Canfield has opened up a
ministry in town.
Schoolteacher Mary McKinney grieves for her son who
died seven years ago. Though her child's death ended her
matrimonial state she has no regrets, though some guilt, on
the collapse of her marriage. A loner struggling with
nightmares, Mary feels Sam's pain and for the first time
since her son died wants to help another person. She hopes
to help Sam overcome his demons to include reconciling with
his father after a fifteen-year estrangement, but never
expected to find salvation in his arms.
JULY THUNDER is an endearing second chance at love
through redemption tale that succeeds because readers will
care deeply for Rachel Lee's prime players. The audience
will pray that the "triangle" will lead to healthy
relationships between Mary and Sam, and Sam and Elijah
because the audience empathizes with the genuinely flawed
individuals whose individual pasts weigh down each one of
them. Though the story line has been told often, rarely is
it as eloquent and delightful as Ms. Lee has done.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 22, 2002