A Steadfast Companion by Myra Johnson

Posted March 20, 2023 by Marsha in 2023 New Release Challenge, Closed Bedroom Doors, Contemporary Romance, Harlequin, Inspirational Romance, Little to No Sexual Content (kissing), Love Inspired (Harlequin), Owned or Purchased, Seasoned Romance, Series Multi-Author, Small Town Romance, Sweet Contemporary Romance / 0 Comments

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? 

Titles in the K-9 Companions multi-author series include — Their Unbreakable Bond by Deb Kastner —♥— Finding Her Way Back by Lisa Carter —♥— The Veteran’s Vow by Jill Lynn —♥— Her Easter Prayer by Lee Tobin McClain —♥— Earning Her Trust by Brenda Minton —♥—Guarding His Secret by Jill Kemerer —♥— An Unlikely Alliance by Toni Shiloh —♥— The Cowboy’s Journey Home by Linda Goodnight —♥— A Reason to Stay by Deb Kastner —♥— The Veteran’s Holiday Home by Lee Tobin McClain —♥— An Alaskan Christmas Promise by Belle Calhoune —♥— A Steadfast Companion by Myra Johnson —♥— The Rancher’s Sanctuary by Linda Goodnight —♥—A Friend to Trust by Lee Tobin McClain —♥— Her Alaskan Companion by Heidi McCahan —♥— A Companion for Christmas by Lee Tobin McClain —♥—

This is an adult romance that does not contain graphic violence, swearing, or sexual situations beyond kisses.

Title:  A Steadfast Companion
Series:  K-9 Companions #12
Author:  Myra Johnson
Genre:  Contemporary Romance (Inspirational)
Published:  February 21, 2023
Publisher:  Love Inspired (Harlequin)
My Rating:  4.5

A Steadfast Companion is one of those books that draws you in from the opening chapter and never really lets go until the final page.  And even then, Maddie and Witt will be on your mind for a while longer.  Of course, Ranger won my heart for his devotion and love for one man, one broken man who needs his dog at his side to help him heal.

I would call Maddie and Witt wounded souls for different reasons.  Witt has hit rock bottom and is slowly climbing his way back up a slippery mountain of regret.  He made choices in the past, some for the betterment of others and some that he had to remain quiet about.  It was his silence that eventually destroyed his previous life, and the guilt that he hadn’t done enough, soon enough that follows him to this day.  Maddie had been emotionally destroyed by a man who had lived a lie, and then the passing of her beloved grandmother only added to her grief for a life that wasn’t to be lived the way she’d envisioned.  She has the responsibility of her grandmother’s dream, the sanctuary for aging dogs, the unwanted ones, for the hopeless ones.  It’s a hard life in many ways, although reward comes in different ways than from a paycheck… but the sanctuary needs funding, and Maddie has no idea how she can keep the doors open much longer.

Watching Maddie and Witt grow closer, overcome the initial mistrust of Maddie, and the wariness of Witt as they became friends and began to heal from their pasts was an emotional journey that I’m so glad I didn’t miss.  Mistakes were made, but they were thinking of someone else’s situation instead of the cruel kind of mistakes.  Good intentions sometimes backfire, and this couple had to face a few of those situations before their future could come to pass.  I enjoyed this story immensely, and if you love a well-written, inspirational romance with all the emotions you could ever wish for then this one is for you.

I own a Kindle edition of this title.

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