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Publisher's Note:

Leah Williams is back in the quaint town of Heritage, Michigan, and ready to try again to make her business a success. But blank slates are hard to come by, and a piece of her past is waiting for her there. Heir to the Heritage Fruits company, Jonathan Kensington is the guy who not only made Leah's past difficult, he also seems determined to complicate her present as well. Jon is trying to prove to the Heritage Fruits board that he, not his manipulative uncle, should be running the business. The board insists Jon find a new owner for the building that will house Leah's business. To avoid forcing a buyout of Leah's part of the building, Jon strikes a compromise with Leah, and the two go into business together. With her vision and his know-how, it might work. And Leah might realize he's loved her since high school. If only he didn't keep on shooting himself in the foot by boxing her out of important decisions. Sparks fly in this romantic story of two people who must learn to trust …

Overall Book Review:

Since You’ve Been Gone is the third and final book in the Restoring Heritage Series.  Tari Faris has really captured the heart of a small town and its unique characters.  Readers can read this as a standalone novel, but some of the town’s characteristics are developed in all three books.  I would say of the three, this book is the best of them. 

The author made the relationship between Jon and Leah, the main protagonists, believable.  The main characters suffer from all of the classic emotional insecurities and misunderstandings, but rather than resorting to emotional and verbal abuse at every turn, they choose other methods to handle their frustrations.  Don’t misunderstand, the characters are not kind and sweet all the time, but they just seem to have a different way to deal with their issues.

The book focuses largely on developing the romance between Jon and Leah, but it also invites readers back to the small town of Heritage.  One can almost picture how the town looks and the people one might expect to see.  Readers will find renewed hope and faith in the goodness of others in this book. All in all, this was a good end to a series set in an idyllic small town.

Review of an Advanced Reader Copy provided by Revell

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language: None

Violence/Gore:  A character recalls being beaten by a father, no details.

Sex/Nudity:  Female calls a man sexy; a woman is pregnant with a clear implication that she was unmarried, she doesn’t know who the father is; a character mentions that he would like more than kisses, no implication of premarital sexual behavior; a character reports that a woman was considering abortion; non-married characters kiss and embrace.

Mature Subjects:

Death of parents, unmarried pregnancy.

Drug/Alcohol Use:

A character says her father was a drunkard; a character reports being drunk at a party.

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I primarily read fiction from all genres. I have six children and many happy hours have been spent reading together. I also love quilting, hiking, and camping.