A STEADFAST COMPANION by Myra Johnson
SERIES: K-9 Companions #12
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired
RELEASE DATE: February 21, 2023
Offering a helping hand…
Could give him everything he needs.
Fighting his way back from a troubled past, handyman Angus “Witt” Wittenbauer needs refuge. When dog sanctuary owner Maddie McNeill needs someone to fix her kennel’s roof, it seems like the answer to his prayers, especially when he’s reunited with his long-lost dog, Ranger. His growing friendship with Maddie hints at the promise of something more, but will Witt ever feel deserving of love again?
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I’m a sucker for sweet dogs with endearing personalities, and they abounded in A Steadfast Companion! All mix-and-manner of breeds have found a refuge with Maddie McNeill, and the one thing they all have in common is that no one else wanted them. Whether it be their age or their physical ailments (or both), the dogs at Eventide had nowhere else to go – and Maddie is bound and determined to make sure they always have a home there. If only she could afford some help… or was good at fundraising.
Enter Witt. Gentle, kindhearted, handyman Witt who is trying to get back on his feet after a series of events that left him struggling to cope. I loved his character and the way he treated Maddie, and it was as easy for me to fall for him as it was for Maddie. Something that honestly surprised me because I tend to not enjoy reading about heroes over 50 as much, but boy did Witt (just barely over 50) ever set up camp in my heart anyway. And while we’re on this subject, it was kinda nice having a heroine who is my age (well below 50, I might add… though not as well below as I’d like haha). These two are a bit more settled and mature than perhaps a couple in their 20s or 30s, but that doesn’t mean it’s all smooth sailing. Not by a long shot. Both Maddie & Witt have emotional backstories to work through if they’re going to have a chance at a happily-ever-after, and I really enjoyed how the author crafted their relationship journey.
Bottom Line: A Steadfast Companion by Myra Johnson is a beautifully tender romance with a heartfelt message of restoration and grace. In fact, the word ‘steadfast’ is exactly how I’d describe Witt as a hero and his loyal dog for that matter… and this character trait is definitely what Maddie needs to heal her own heart-wounds. Johnson’s writing voice is warm and engaging, and she effortlessly draws you into the story and these compelling characters – of the two and four legged varieties. A lovely read in every way.
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!
KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion
After several years away, native Texan and award-winning author Myra Johnson is happy to be back in her home state enjoying bluebonnets and real Texas barbecue. Myra and her husband proudly claim two daughters and sons-in-law with huge hearts for ministry. Seven grandchildren take up another chunk of Myra’s heart. The Johnsons love singing in the church choir and pampering their rescue dogs and bossy cat.
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