The story reminded me of "While You Were Sleeping", my favorite modern holiday movie. This book had warmth, but lacked humor. I wish I still had the book, so I could post the synopsis, but I will try my best. Tavia MacRae (there are a few odd names in this book) is an impoverished drifter who is picked up (while hitchhiking, having just escaped from a near-rape) by Adam Flint and Jewel Mallory, who are engaged and on their way to meet his family. There is an accident (their car goes over the cliff) and Adam and Jewel die, but Tavia survives (she is thrown from the vehicle), and when Adam's family comes to see her, they assume she's Jewel, as they had never seen a picture of her. Now Tavia couldn't move, or even communicate that she wasn't Miss Mallory, and by the time she is well enough to speak, she feels she can't tell them (James and Annie, Adam's parents, and Adam's grandfather, have all been so good to her and keep telling her what a comfort she is to them) and she finds that she doesn't know what she would do if she did tell them because she really has no place to go, no money, no family, not anything, so I could understand how she felt, how hard it must have seemed to give up being warm and well-fed and cared for. Tavia was not a bad person. She was just lost, and when she became a Christian, she knew she couldn't keep up the deception any longer, but even before that, she never used any of the money they gave her. Though she had taken advantage of their hospitality, she had always planned on paying them all back someday.
Though this was a romance novel, I found the story about Tavia's sticky situation much more interesting than her romance with Beck Brewster (the truck driver who accidentally killed Adam and his fiancee, and who was good friends with the Flint family).
Tavia's story definitely needed a happy ending, and it got one, though it did seem to happen too fast. I mean, it was a lot to take in--a perfect stranger passing herself off as practically one of the family had been eating their food, sleeping in their house, not to mention they had become emotionally involved with this person so that they loved her as their own daughter. I think anyone would need a little time to process this and sort out their feelings.
I am glad Tavia had a chance to pay Annie back (before she told the Flints the truth) by giving her her blood (for it was all she had to give)--that was a nice touch, proof that though Tavia wasn't the girl their son had fallen in love with, she did love them, even though she believed their feelings would probably change once she told them the truth.
Tavia's spiritual transformation was subtly done, but done well.
Definitely one of the better Love Inspired books, as it actually had depth.