Love Shadows (Shores of Indian Lake ~ Book 1) by Catherine Lanigan

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – 5 stars

Luke Bosworth is consumed by the clutches of grief after losing his young wife two years ago. He prefers to stay stuck in the past where memories of Jenny remain constant; he’s neglecting his two small children as a result, and can’t get his anger issues in check which could cost him his job if he doesn’t get help. So he does, and while doing so he’s reacquainted with the annoying woman with the out of control dog who he seems to keep running into. Sarah Jensen is also trying to overcome the grief that’s caused her to lose her focus and drive; and although she’s grappling with feelings of inadequacy and loneliness, she can help Luke’s children in so many ways if he’d stop being so overly-protective and prideful. She has her mind set on a monumental project that involves Luke’s children, but all she ever gets from him is anger, rage and negative feedback. The man needs serious help. But as it turns out, Luke is also a multifaceted person with many talents, including an ability to discern the motives and emotions of others, as Sarah soon learns during one of their grief-counseling therapy sessions. Both Sarah and Luke have issues that aren’t obvious to themselves, so why are they so apparent to each other?

I loved this book! It gave me all the feels. It was a tender, emotional story with an excellent cast of characters that continue to linger in my mind. I always enjoy reading Catherine Lanigan’s books. Her depth of knowledge and wisdom shines through in them. You can sense her life experience from the various objects, places, and expressions of human emotions and advice that’s written. There’s substance within its pages, and not superficial fluff. The contents gives me pause for reflection. I appreciate when there’s an obvious maturity level existent in a book because not only do I enjoy the story, but I learn new things as well.

Overall, Love Shadows was a great read that exceeded my expectations. At times it seemed borderline Inspy fiction, IMO, with the religious backdrop and views, so I’m giving you a heads up on that aspect of it. Nevertheless, I highly recommend it and look forward to reading more books in the series.

Thank you, Catherine Lanigan, for a complimentary copy of Love Shadows. All thoughts expressed about it are my own.

Have you tried reading a Harlequin Heartwarming book? Do you like sweet romance? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Stay tuned for my upcoming Heartwarming giveaway, and thanks for visiting Cozynookbks. Have a great week everyone. 😊

10 thoughts on “Love Shadows (Shores of Indian Lake ~ Book 1) by Catherine Lanigan

    • Thanks, Diana. This book really surprised me. I was pulled into the narrative immediately upon reading it, and it stayed that way all the way to the end. I needed that story because the things going on in this world were getting me down. Still are. But it was good to be able to get lost in a good book for a little while.

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  1. Grief. It’s not something you can just snap out of. This does sound like a book with some depth to it. I’m glad you liked it. I have to admit that your reference to Inspy sent me off to Google. It seems it can be most any genre but with a Christian viewpoint. Is that accurate?

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    • I think you will love this book, Linda. 😃 You defined it accurately—“a Christian viewpoint,” along with obvious denominational affiliation. I hope I worded that correctly.
      The issue I have with an author’s Christian opinion is that it’s not universal. So when I read certain of their own interpretations stated as fact it perturbs me. That’s my personal feelings because of my familiarity with the Bible.
      Nevertheless, the story was a good one that I greatly enjoyed. 😊

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