by Katie Mettner
About the story:
Psalm 23: Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death….. A
lifetime ago Grant Harris was an Australian surfer at the top of his sport,
until one wave changed everything. Fifteen years later, Grant has become
bitter, lonely, and disillusioned. Hoping to jump start his career he accepts a
position in Duluth Minnesota, with no way of knowing how quickly his life was
about to change. A lifetime ago Carla Coffers was a runaway teen with no
family, no money and no hope for a future. Fifteen years later, she’s a
successful business woman as owner of Carla's Kinky Café, on beautiful Lake
Superior. Her friends think she’s got it all, but Carla still yearns for the
one thing she never had. A cup of coffee, a car, a confession and a cross come
together to grant them redemption from their past and hope for the future.
My review of Granted Redemption:
Granted Redemption is the first in the Northern Lights series by Katie Mettner. I fell in love with Katie’s smooth, evenly-paced writing style in her Sugar series (Sugar’s Dance, Sugar’s Song, and Sugar’s Night.) This book uses the same Duluth setting but follows Grant Harris and Carla Coffers, two people who work carefully to portray confident people in their chosen professions. But underneath that facade they are wounded souls who are hiding a dark part of their past. These secrets don’t allow them to move on with their lives.
Grant is a pediatric physical therapist who has moved from his home in Australia to Duluth, Minnesota via California. He had me in his corner from the get-go by the way he speaks to and works with his young patients. He meets Carla who owns Carla's Kinky Cafe and is so drawn to her he can’t stay away, even as he tells her he isn't looking for commitments. Soon his philosophy of remaining a confirmed bachelor is in jeopardy. Carla portrays herself as a capable business woman but is tormented by a secret in her past and is afraid of getting her heart broken. I found myself rooting for both of these guilt-ridden but very likable characters.
It’s hard to watch Grant and Carla as they struggle through the first parts of building a relationship without sharing the demons from their past, but I had confidence in their love for and patience with each other. They both make mistakes as they share their secrets, but work together to find their way back to God and the redemption and forgiveness they deserve. The dialogue between the devil and angel on Grant’s shoulder was delightful and I especially liked the reunion with his lovable and supportive parents who had their faith tested also.
Granted Redemption has steamy love scenes throughout making it a “spicy” Christian Romance with a surprising ending.