If you have ever read a Debbie Macomber story, you know that there is usually a certain pattern followed. Her newest The Best Is Yet To Come is no exception. In this one, two characters are unexpectedly brought together and help each other heal. Both characters have been wounded but, find an undeniable pull when they are near each other.
Hope Goodwin moves to Oceanside, Washington to find a new beginning for herself. She is grieving the loss of her twin brother and finds the small town by the ocean to be very welcoming. She starts as a new teacher at the local high school and also becomes the teacher that students come to for a listening ear. Hope has a warm heart and tries to find the best in people. She is also a little stubborn and she doesn’t like to give up on people.
Not only doesn’t she like to give up on people, she fights for the underdog. In this case, it is a shelter dog named Shadow. Shadow is a rescue dog that everyone has given up on. He growls at anyone that tries to enter his cage. He doesn’t trust anyone but, when Hope starts volunteering at the shelter, he starts letting her near. I loved the bond that starts forming between Hope and Shadow. Debbie Macomber writes human/animal bonds just so well.
There is something else pulling at Hope and that is fellow volunteer Cane. Cane is a wounded ex-Marine with a gruff exterior. He is at the shelter because it was part of his sentencing for when he lost control and destroyed a local bar. He feels like he is not worth saving but, feels a pull to Hope’s goodness. These two characters become really vulnerable with each other. I enjoyed the way that their relationship was built up. They become very comfortable with each other.
The Best Is Yet To Come creates a really nice found family. Unfortunately it does have one of your typical clichés – misunderstanding without taking about it – but if you can overlook that, it’ll all be okay. I enjoy reading Debbie Macomber books as the characters are usually sweet and the story flows easily. They usually are exact what I need to help pass the time and possibly even rejuvenate my desire to read.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
**I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**