About the Book
Because of her painful past, teacher Beth Ryken has one rule when it comes to men and marriage: never fall for a cop. So when the new sheriff's deputy asks her to tutor his young son, she agrees to work with the boy while hoping to avoid the handsome widower. She knows former big-city detective Nicholas Grey moved to LeNaro, Michigan, to give his child a safe and stable life. But sometimes a cop's job means risk and danger. As Beth works with Nick's struggling son, she grows unexpectedly close with the small Grey family. How will she possibly protect her heart from breaking all over again?
This book was release in September 2014
This was a well loved library book that was reviewed
“The Deputy's New Family” by Jenna Mindel is a story of learning to trust and overcoming ones fears. This story is told in such a way that drew me into the whole story to where I completely lost track of time. We do see characters from prior books but that didn't affect the book for this was a complete stand alone story.
Nick, Corey and Beth are all the way they are because of their pasts, and each of them has something to learn to change about themselves, and it is interesting to see how that change comes about. Though it is not often that I would say that there is a third main character in a story but Corey most certainly is a main character, at least that is how it seemed to me. Corey has something important to learn and teach just like any good main character should in a good story, though we never see his point of view. Corey is a sweet young man who frankly has had a rough past couple of years which is evident in this story in a different way then what might be expected that is for sure. I so enjoyed watching the changes that happen in Corey throughout the story and couldn't have been prouder of him because of the hurdles he had to overcome.
Nick is a man who is proud of his job as a cop, but more important to him is his son, Corey. He has plans for this move and when wrenches are thrown into his plans to gum up some of his plans, he becomes determined to work everything out within a reasonable push. He has learned valuable lesson in the past and that lesson was something that helped him tread water when things got interesting, for he didn't want to rush into anything until he knew all the facts. It was that determination to get all the facts and go slow really helped make the story interesting.
Oh then there is Beth that we meet in a few other books, but here she finally is getting her own story told. Her love for teaching is quite obvious from the very beginning of the book, which shows her soft and tender heart better than anything else could have. It is that soft and tender heart that put her into situations that she might have otherwise avoided. There are a few other things that come out about Beth that really helps explains a lot about her and why she is the way she is.
As I said in the beginning there is a message of learning to trust, but the question is who to trust exactly for it seems as if each of the three main characters have someone different to learn to trust. There is reasons for the trust issues that are explained well enough to where I found myself understanding the character and the reason they have. It was watching them working through their own issues that made it so easy to get lost in the book for they worked through the issues slowly, even when one of them was a little harder get through to. The one that was hard to learn their lesson of who to trust, the way they learn their lesson made so much sense for the way it happened in a matter of a few paragraphs. I couldn't help but actually cry and laugh throughout that because it just provoked those emotions in me.
The overcoming of fears was something that they each had to overcome as well. One overcame their fears fairly easy enough, while one was a bit hard headed and the other one just needed a gentle loving touch throughout the whole story. I thought this was a great example of how we are as people, for we each are different and a cookie cutter just doesn't cut it that is for sure. No two people can get over their fear even if it is the same fear, and this was a great example of that.
I hope all who read this book enjoys it as much as I did. It is worth the read that is for sure.