Medical missionary and avowed bachelor Merit Campbell is wounded during a skirmish at his Mideast clinic and sent home to recover. Restlessness propels him to explore the happier moments of his childhood in Illinois where he meets Amalia Kennedy, owner of The Last Detail, who enjoys helping people prepare for their final years. Merit ushers in new life; Amalia ushers it out. Love? Obviously.
Review of Texas Roads, book one of the Miller’s Creek Series by Cathy Bryant
Cathy Bryant’s debut novel, Texas Roads, is a journey on many levels. Danielle Davis searches for family ties and in the process, learns who her true Father is. Steve Miller searches for a way to save his town from the affects of slow decay and learns to face his deepest fears.
What fun to create a town, as Bryant has done. Miller’s Creek, Texas, is people with an eclectic collection of characters who remind us of our neighbors and ourselves. When a town is dying of old age and neglect, what are the businesses that remain? The diner and the beauty parlor, of course. A vet, the mayor who is a descendant of the town founders and must make his real living as a rancher. They might outwardly welcome the niece of a beloved community member, but when they’re just as quick to turn around and blame her when vandalism hits hard and fast.
In an attempt to start over after the death of her business-minded father and her cheating husband, Dani decides to jump out of her life in Dallas and into the slow flow of the country. Unwittingly she makes the same social errors that she derides in her mother’s upscale socialite life—that of trying to buy friendship and love. She falls instantly in love with her aunt. She knows she can help Steve rebuild Miller’s Creek, but she also fears the trappings of faith, love, and marriage, since all she’s experienced in those areas are remorse.
Bryant’s story is ultimately one of the faith journey, which she paces quite well. What would it take to come to accept Christ’s saving grace? How deep the tragedy, the loss, the joy, does a person need to face before she’s able to see God face to face for the loving Savior he is? Bryant’s series explores this side of humanity in a homey setting.
Author of Meander Scar and Healing Grace