Safe Harbor by Hope White
Nicole Harris, a Personal Assistant, does a favor for her boss, Ruby and comes to a small town to help Edward Lange. As she sits at his desk working on his phone, she hears loud, angry voices outside of the office. No one should be there. Her fear takes her into a closet to hide from the drama. She is able to call 911 by Lange's phone.
Nicole was a victim of child abuse, not just on herself but on her younger brother and sister. She thought she was over all that trauma but post-traumatic stress takes over. She not only hides in the closet but she withdraws into a fetal position, totally out of control.
Detective Alex Donovan has issues in his own past. He is called to a murder scene. He feels something is off. He is unable to find the phone that was used to call in death. When he here a small whimper, he finds a trembling mass of a traumatized woman. He tries to talk to her but she is unable to speak, he helps her out of the office into another room. He keeps his voice soft and gentle to try to bond with her.
Although Alex is one of the best investigators on the force, his chief has him protect the witness he has bonded with. Alex had failed everyone he had loved or cared for, he vowed that wouldn't happen this time.
His struggle to protect everyone he cares for is frustrating and he knows he can't do it. He can't control the events that are happening all around them. His faith in God is a comfort but he is unable to give up and trust God with his loved ones. His faith does bring Nicole back to the God she once loved.
How often this scenario happens in our lives, we love God, we think we are serving Him but unfortunately we try to hold on to our loved ones thinking we can save them. Trusting God with those things we can't control is difficult but it frees God's hands to do what is really needed when we let go. I'm not saying it is easy, it's the hardest thing you can do but it is so worth it. God is able! He is willing, and wants to help us, especially with the little details. Give God a chance!