I recently finished reading "The Price of Trust", by Amanda Stephan.
This read was full of suspense. It tells of a young woman, Carly, who has evaded her abusive fiance, Ian, for two years. She finally lands in a small town where she hopes to keep her anonymity as she prays for the chance to stay awhile. She does not plan on falling in love with the town's most eligible bachelor, Joe. And he certainly has his own heartaches, and wasn't looking for another relationship.
There were times in the book where I questioned the characters' actions. I felt Carly responded with very quick familiarity to Joe. I found it difficult to believe that someone who had spent two years running from an abusive fiance would so very quickly be teasing and both giving and accepting playful slaps and pinches from someone she just met.
I loved the old couple who ran the hardware store. They provided a calming anchor against Carly's fearful anxieties, Ian's creepy threats, and the other characters' continuous playful banter.
You'll have to read the book yourself to see if Carly and Joe can let go of their mistrust and take a chance of finding true love...or does the ex-fiance finally catch up with our heroine and make good on his threat?