Creative artist Moselle Carson gives new life to old items, but she can't seem to renew her shattered ideal of love. When she returns to her hometown to help with a new family business, memories of a broken heart and small-town gossip chip away the tough exterior she's erected over the years. Now she's forced to decide whether she'll rebuild the wall or trust that true love never dies when it is ordained by God. Generous insurance agent and vulnerable firefighter, Eric Todd, remembers too well how he mistreated Moselle and then set her aside. Now he longs for true love and the second chance to become a husband and father. Can he learn to forgive himself and still keep the secret that may redeem him in her eyes?
I saw you today. The refrain echoed like a song through Moselle’s mind as she slapped the newspaper on the kitchen table in her mother’s cheery kitchen. Every time she picked up the Platteville News, published weekly in this small Nebraska town, Eric Todd’s insurance ad jumped off the page.
Through many nights these past years, his face had haunted her dreams and circled through her thoughts as she went about her days.
Stop! She ordered her mind and turned to get bread slices for the toaster.
But the thoughts wouldn’t go away.
I saw you today. For real.
Laugh crinkles now formed at the corners of his eyes and deeper brackets framed his mouth. His thick tawny hair begged for a finger comb. Was his short beard soft?
Eric’s smiling face hit her full blast from this week’s front-page photo, where the caption congratulated him on the completion of five years as a volunteer firefighter.
The refrain burrowed deeper. I saw you in the flesh today.
The formal insurance photo revealed every hair in place. Unlike today’s front page, where he stood in casual clothes with his hair all mussed.
Now she could chase away the newspaper image and picture him the way he’d been in Today’s Café. Her new refrain could be, “You still make my heart sing.”
Q1: Do you believe choices made in high school can affect your adult life the way Eric felt guilty for his misbehavior? (His guilt was two-fold – both the incident that drove Moselle away and the rumor he didn’t set straight.)
Q2: Is it wrong to do good deeds to assuage guilt? (Eric is a volunteer firefighter, he leads a Bible study, and he does carpentry work for others.)
Q3: Moselle and Beth returned to their hometown around the same time. Have you been able to see the timing of people and events in your life as part of God's plan?
Q4: When Moselle learned the full truth about Beth's life, she empathized and had an attitude change. Has God ever allowed you to see the big picture that resulted in a heart change toward another person?
Q5: Have you ever given up on your convictions (as Moselle did when she temporarily gave in to her passionate nature), only to suffer spiritually as a result?
Q6: Can you think of a time in your life when you put Ephesians 4:32, “. . . forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you,” into active practice?