Since the death of their mother, Josten Applewhite has done what he’s had to do to take care of his little brother and keep their small family together. But in an instant, a stroke of bad luck tears down what little home he’s managed to build, and Jos and Isaac end up on the streets.
That’s where Officer Kip Rogers finds them, and even though he knows he should let the proper authorities handle things, he cannot find it in his heart to turn them away, going so far as to invite them to stay in his home until they get back on their feet. With the help of Kip and his friends, Jos starts to rebuild his life. But experience has taught him nothing comes for free, and the generosity seems too good to be true—just like everything about Kip.
Kip’s falling hard for Jos, and he likes the way Jos and Isaac make his big house feel like a home. But their arrangement can’t be permanent, not with Jos set on making his own way. Then a distant relative emerges, determined to destroy Jos’s family, and Kip knows Jos needs him—even if he’s not ready to admit it.
Jos is at the end of his endurance, he is exhausted, stressed, and depressed. He doesn’t know what to do or who to trust. When help is offered the first thing he wants to know is what it is going to cost him. Isaac is his whole world and making sure he is taken care of, and they stay with each other. When things start to work out with the help of friends, a cold distant relative shows up and decides that Isaac would be better off with living with them then with Jos.
Kip wants to help out the young man and small boy he finds one rainy night on patrol. As he gets to know Jos and little Isaac they make his cold empty house feel like a home again. He didn’t even realize that was how it felt until it changed. His heart warmed up as well. Now was not the time for Jos to be looking for love, but Kip can’t help what he feels for these two special people who have had such a hard time.
This is a wonderful story of love and overcoming hardship. Jos is growing up overnight and learning that even if things go wrong with time, hard work, and the help of friends you can overcome almost any obstacle. Isaac is just a child but he loves with his whole heart, and he shows us that even small children know that the love of a good family member is worth anything. Kip has been through an abusive childhood and with time, counseling, and forgiveness you can overcome a bad childhood and become a strong and loving adult.
This is a great book for a nice afternoon read, it has plenty of places where you will grin and even laugh when Isaac is up to his childish actions. There are a lot of sad scene but generally an upbeat fast read.