"You can make plans, but the Lord's purpose will prevail." Proverbs 19:21
Sparks fly when Micara Lee and Garrett Hearth meet for the first time at a city hall meeting, where she tries once again to save the small town she loves from land developers. She believes Garrett Hearth, from one of the town's founding families, is on her side. They begin to fall in love, but eventually the truth comes out.
Disenchanted with his career, Sweet Home, and life in general, Garrett is ready to cash in and get out of town for good. He isn't prepared for his attraction to Micara or her beautiful spirit. It isn't long before her unyielding faith rubs off on him and he starts to see the world around him differently. His faith restored, he and Micara then work as a team to save the legacy of Sweet Home, Texas.
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Micara Lee, no matter how beautiful, had stepped into guarded territory. Most people in town already knew what happened. Many had witnessed the darkest day of Garrett's life, so he didn't need to talk about it. Ever. But Micara hadn't lived in Sweet Home at that time--he would have noticed her. She couldn't know anything about what happened.
He lost his faith. He lost his football career. And that wasn't all. His life was packed with so much disappointment and pain that he didn't figure one more person knowing about it would make a difference.
"I was the starting quarterback in my senior year at Sweet Home High. Scouts were looking at me, and I was very close to signing with a university. I just needed to pick which one. The decision was mine. The whole world was mine, for all I knew."
He paused and shook his head as he remembered.
"My girlfriend was head cheerleader. Jayanne Waylon. We were a textbook couple. That summer, before school started, I asked her to marry me and she said yes. We talked a lot about getting married and what our life together would be like. I would play college ball before going pro. It all sounded too good to be true and now I know why."
He waited for Micara to interject with a question or comment, but she remained silent and let him get it all out. He adjusted the sofa cushion behind his head.
"In the second quarter, a direct hit from a linebacker sent my body twisting through the air. I came down with my knee underneath me and...well, the rest is history. It gave a whole new meaning to the term "sacked." I was rushed to the hospital, while my best friend, Brent Berg, finished the game for me. He finished a lot of things for me."
Micara finally spoke. "What do you mean?"
"He took over my life. Jayanne dumped me and hooked up with Brent. They went off to college together and Brent played football. He went pro and they got married. He got my life, and I got sacked. And that's the end of the story."
"No, it isn't." Her voice held an unyielding certainty.
She moved to the floor, closer to him. This time, her nearness made him uncomfortable. What did she mean, 'No, it isn't?'
"You're still alive, so that can't be the end of the story."