Top Ten Tuesday: A Baker’s Color Palette of Titles

Happy Tuesday! Today’s theme for Top Ten Tuesday is books with colors in the titles. Let me tell you, this post was not as easy as I initially thought it would be. Fortunately, Toni Shiloh suggested that I used color words that might be found on a baker’s color palette – which opened up enough opportunity for me to build this post. Thanks, Toni!

All books listed are written by diverse authors
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wish upon a strawberry shortcake  raspberrykisses  lemonfilleddisaster

tea & cream debbie  molasses  coffee and kisses

a spoonful of spice  CinnamonKisses_ChristmasNovella-683x1024  sugarandspice

caramel kisses  coconut tsunami  shadesofchocolate

Are you hungry for baked goods now? Because I am!

Can you think of any other books by diverse authors that would fit this theme?
Are there any new-to-you authors in this list?

 

Throwback Thursday: Hidden Threat

Happy Thursday! Today’s Throwback Thursday post looks at a romantic suspense that I recently read and loved – Hidden Threat by Connie Mann! It’s the 2nd book in her Safe Harbor series but it can be read as a standalone just fine.

ABOUT THE BOOK

hidden threatAn environmental crisis is the last thing clean-water crusader Eve Jackson expected in her hometown. She’s used to taking on powerful DC politicians in her fight, but when a baby in Safe Harbor, Florida, shows mysterious signs of possible poisoning, the danger hits painfully close to home, stirring memories of her own mother’s death.

Eve’s search leads her to the Sutton Ranch, now run by her high school crush, Cole. Focused on keeping the family business afloat as a series of deformed calves are born to his herd, Cole has no time for Eve’s crusade. But as her unwelcome questioning ostracizes her from locals, Cole’s irritation turns to intrigue—about the source of the poisoned water and the tenacious, loyal, and passionate woman determined to help.

As Eve digs deeper into Cole’s operation, she sees her suspicion of Sutton Ranch may be misplaced. Yet she can’t shake the feeling that his ranch, and perhaps his past, hold the answers she seeks. When the sabotage escalates, the two must work together to uncover the culprit—if they can survive the investigation.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Connie-Mann_6Connie Mann is a licensed boat captain and loves writing romantic suspense stories set in Florida’s small towns and unspoiled wilderness. She is the author of Beyond Risk, (Florida Wildlife Warriors #1), the Safe Harbor series (Tangled Lies, Hidden Threat, Deadly Melody), as well as Angel Falls and Trapped! She has lived in seven different states but this weather wimp has happily called the Ocala area home for more than twenty years.

When she’s not dreaming up plotlines, you’ll find “Captain Connie” on the Silver River, introducing boats full of schoolchildren to their first alligator. She is also passionate about helping women and children in developing countries break the poverty cycle and build a better future for themselves and their families. Besides boating, she and her husband enjoy hanging out with their grown children and extended family and planning their next adventure.

You can connect with Connie online at: www.conniemann.com


What makes you want to read Hidden Threat?

Book Review: A Deadly Inside Scoop

Happy Monday! I’m delighted today to share my review of the recently-released cozy mystery A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette!

ABOUT THE BOOK

A DEADLY INSIDE SCOOPSERIES: An Ice Cream Parlor Mystery #1
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Berkley Books
RELEASE DATE: May 12, 2020
PAGES: 384

This book kicks off a charming cozy mystery series set in an ice cream shop–with a fabulous cast of quirky characters.

Recent MBA grad Bronwyn Crewse has just taken over her family’s ice cream shop in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and she’s going back to basics. Win is renovating Crewse Creamery to restore its former glory, and filling the menu with delicious, homemade ice cream flavors—many from her grandmother’s original recipes. But unexpected construction delays mean she misses the summer season, and the shop has a literal cold opening: the day she opens her doors an early first snow descends on the village and keeps the customers away.

To make matters worse, that evening, Win finds a body in the snow, and it turns out the dead man was a grifter with an old feud with the Crewse family. Soon, Win’s father is implicated in his death. It’s not easy to juggle a new-to-her business while solving a crime, but Win is determined to do it. With the help of her quirky best friends and her tight-knit family, she’ll catch the ice cold killer before she has a meltdown…


MY THOUGHTS

I always love starting a new cozy mystery series, particularly if it’s by an author I haven’t read yet. A Deadly Inside Scoop is one of the better series debuts I’ve read recently, and I’m so delighted to have discovered a new-to-me author that I’ll definitely keep following!

Bronwyn “Win” Crewse has a lot at stake as the book begins. She’s putting the final touches on restoring her family’s ice cream parlor (re-opening in the middle of a blizzard) and preparing to follow her beloved late grandmother’s footsteps, under the loving watchful eye of her Pop-Pop and with the help of her friends & family. Win is instantly likable, if a bit scattered (which is excusable, given how much she’s trying to juggle at the moment. Restart a community favorite business, carry on a family legacy, solve a murder… you know, the usual lol). Her ice cream flavors sound really yummy & I’m looking forward to seeing what she comes up – and how she uses her grandmother’s cherished recipes – as the seasons & series progress.

Win comes from a tight-knit family who make up the majority of the 0.4 % African American population of their tiny town just outside Cleveland, and I loved the diverse characters that make up the supporting cast as well. (Her Pop-Pop has my heart!) Including Win’s two best friends – Riya (half-Sicilian & half-Indian) & Maisie (whose Jewish grandmother owns & operates the town’s Chinese restaurant). Riya is the hotheaded protector; Maisie is the impetuous free spirit. And while we don’t spend much time with Riya in this book, the trio of friends is a formidable force to be sure.

The mystery is nicely layered and moves at a steady pace throughout the story. Poor Win and Maisie aren’t the most seasoned of investigators, opting for a rather madcap hodgepodge of ideas and stakeouts and interrogations, but it’s highly entertaining. A host of suspects cross their paths, along with some motives that range from fairly weak to pretty strong. You sorta get the feeling that, if Win and her crew had just been patient, Detective Beverley would have figured it out before too much longer but goodness it would have been a lot less fun!

Bottom Line: A Deadly Inside Scoop is a fun start to a new series with diverse characters, a strong sense of family & community, and – of course – yummy ice cream! Win is a heroine readers will quickly embrace, and her relatable struggles make her a sympathetic character. Best friend Maisie is the Lucy to Win’s Ethel – if that infamous comedic duo had also solved crimes – and, while you’re tempted to groan at her ideas, her infectious personality & loyalty to Win keeps her likable too. I loved the ethnic & age diversity of this small community & the unique perspective each brought to the book. A well-plotted mystery rounds out the mix, and I’m ready for another visit with the Crewse family & their ice cream parlor!

Reviewer’s note: Readers may want to be aware that there is some casual usage of “God” in this book. It is otherwise a clean book & free from curse words.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher.
All views expressed are only my honest opinion.
This review originally appeared on Reading Is My SuperPower

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ABBY VANDIVERWall Street Journal Bestselling Author Abby Collette loves a good mystery. Born and raised in Cleveland, it’s even a mystery to her why she has yet to move to a warmer place. Author of the two Southern cozy mystery series Logan Dickerson Mysteries featuring a second-generation archaeologist and a nonagenarian who is always digging up trouble, and the Romaine Wilder Mysteries, set in East Texas, it pairs a medical examiner and her feisty auntie who owns a funeral home and is always ready to solve a whodunnit. Abby spends her time writing, facilitating writing workshops at local libraries and spending time with her grandchildren, each of which are her favorite.

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What about you?
What makes you want to read A Deadly Inside Scoop?
What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Book Revew: Her Cowboy Sweetheart by Cathy McDavid

Happy Monday!

Today I’m pleased to bring you a review of Her Cowboy Sweetheart by Cathy McDavid, the 4th book in the author’s Sweetheart Ranch series and part of the Harlequin Heartwarming imprint of ‘clean, wholesome romances’.

ABOUT THE BOOK

her cowboy sweetheartSERIES: The Sweetheart Ranch #4
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean)
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2020

He’s been a good friend

But can he be her sweetheart?

At Sweetheart Ranch, single mom Carly Leighton finds a fresh start, and a friendly neighbor in former bull rider JD Moreno. Neither are looking for love—Carly must think first of her son, Rickie, while JD is recovering from a career-ending balance disorder. But when her former in-laws demand access to Rickie, Carly turns to JD for support and finds he is becoming more than a friend in need…

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MY THOUGHTS

First of all – don’t you just love the cover? That little cowboy is stinkin’ adorable! And both he and the dog steal every scene they’re in at some point. So cute!

Her Cowboy Sweetheart continues the Sweetheart Ranch series with another enjoyable installment. I’ve loved each book so far and this one was a perfect fit with the rest. The sweet friendship between JD and Carly makes a believable foundation for their romance. JD’s Latino roots make him one swoony cowboy, while Carly’s genuine heart makes her instantly likable for readers. Add in her super cute son and JD’s energetic puppy, and you have a feel-good story that will leave you smiling. Of course, we have to deal with some pesky people who aren’t as likable, but this just gives JD and Carly more ways to be protective of each other. Win-win. 🙂

JD’s struggles with Ménière’s disease and Carly’s custody battle with her former in-laws (and parents of her abusive ex-husband) add emotional layers to the plot that give the story further depth and dimension. The author does a great job of increasing awareness for both of these issues through Her Cowboy Sweetheart while also not bogging down or overpowering the story.

Bottom Line: Cathy McDavid delivers another sweet & swoony romance set at the Sweetheart Ranch. Engaging characters and compelling subplots immediately draw readers’ interest and keep it for the duration of the novel. Hombre the dog and toddler Rickie add notes of comedy and warmth to break up the more serious undertones that threaten JD and Carly’s budding romance, and you’ll quickly fall in love with both of them. Another great visit to the Sweetheart Ranch – ready for the next!

Reviewer’s Note:
Readers may want to be aware that there are several casual uses of ‘God’ throughout this novel.
This book is otherwise clean.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Review originally appeared on Reading Is My SuperPower.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Cathy McDavidAs a sophomore in high school, NY TimesUSA Today, and Amazon bestselling author Cathy McDavid won a local writing competition with her self-illustrated children’s book. Who knew that small triumph would eventually lead to a career writing contemporary romances with over 1.3 million books sold? With forty-seven titles to date, Cathy is also a member of the prestigious Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll. This “almost” Arizona native and mother of grown twins recently married her own real-life sweetheart. After leaving the corporate world four years ago, she now spends her days penning stories about good looking men who ride the range or fight fires or hunt creatures all while sweeping the girl off her feet. It’s a tough job but she’s willing to make the sacrifice.

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What about you?
What makes you want to read Her Cowboy Sweetheart?

Top Ten Tuesday: Diverse Authors We’d Invite to Our Bookish Party

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is ‘authors I’d have at my bookish party’. So I (Carrie) polled the other bloggers who contribute here at Diversity Between the Pages and asked them, “Which diverse author(s) would you invite?”

Here’s our invite list!


TONI SHILOH

I’m pretty sure ALL of us would invite Toni. As Nicole said, “…she is just awesome, and I love her books.” Me too, Nicole! Toni Shiloh can’t write a bad book, and she is indeed awesome!

toni-1-683x1024  the trouble with love

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NADINE KEELS

Nicole also wanted to invite Nadine (totally allowed! the more the merrier!) and said, “She posts the most insightful comments in the Avid Readers of Christian Fiction FB Group and she would be the perfect person to have a great bookish discussion with.”

nadine keels  the movement of crowns

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PIPER HUGULEY & VANESSA RILEY

Toni wants to invite these two diverse authors because “They’re always cooking so we could eat and talk books.” I’m thinking, most definitely yes & can they be in charge of the snacks?

Piper Huguley  thepreacherspromise

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NEW foto of Vanessa Riley  TheBittersweetBride_1600

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CAMY TANG

Allyson suggested Camy Tang, and I have to confess she stole one of the people on MY invite list haha! Everything I’ve read by Camy Tang has convinced me that we should be besties – her books are awesome & she seems like a lot of fun!

camy tang 2  weddings and wasabi

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NOELLE MARCHAND

Beth was quick to invite Noelle Marchand because she really wants to read more of her books. I concur because I’ve had Noelle on my TBR list for a long time and, besides, her bio says that she used to spend hours reading beneath the covers when she was supposed to be asleep as a child. So you know she’s our kinda gal!

noelle marchand 2  beyond the tide

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JOY MASSENBURGE

Beth also wanted to invite Joy Massenburge & said, “I’ve not read her books yet but she is a ray of sunshine in person!” Once again, I completely agree with Beth (story of my life haha)

joy massenburge  aheartsurrendered

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LIWEN Y. HO

Liwen is first on my own guest list – I’ve loved each book of hers that I’ve read and she seems like a hilarious and warm person in real life!

liwenho  tropical kiss and tell

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ROSE FRESQUEZ

I’ve had the privilege of chatting with Rose a few times and she is such a sweet prayer warrior. I definitely want her at any party I host – bookish or otherwise!

rose fresquez twitter  choices rose fresquez

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TESSA AFSHAR

Tessa Afshar is one of my fave authors – and I want to invite because she has such an intriguing faith story & I’d love to sit down and chat about it. I’m also really hoping she brings some delicious Persian food with her to the party, like my personal faves of ‘bottom of the pot’ and chicken & berries (I’ve been taught the Persian names for these soooooooooooooo yummy dishes but I couldn’t begin to spell them LOL)

tessa afshar  land of silence

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BELLE CALHOUNE

And as a bonus guest, I’m totally inviting Belle Calhoune because a) she is such a prolific author and b) she has had a movie made based on one of her books and I think both of those things make great party conversation!

belle calhoune  analaskantwinsurprise

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We also mentioned some ‘vanilla’ authors who write beautifully diverse characters in their stories.

  • Beth wants to invite Lori Benton & April Gardner
  • Beckie wants to invite Kathi Macias
  • Jessica wants to invite Misty M. Beller
  • I would add Stephenia H. McGee & Ruth Logan Herne – and I wholeheartedly agree with the other 4 as well 🙂

What about you?
Which of these authors have you read?
Which authors would you invite to your bookish party?

Top Ten Tuesday: Diverse Books I Wish I’d Read As A Child

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is ‘books I wish I’d read as a child’. The books I’ve included on today’s list may be books I’ve read as an adult (but wish I could have read when I was a kid) or books I still haven’t read yet.

BOOKS I’VE READ AS AN ADULT & LOVED

Book cover, When God Made You  when god made light

chicken sunday  the league and the lantern

everybody cooks rice

BOOKS I STILL NEED TO READ

the name jar roll of thunder hear my cry time for bed miyuki

laundry day  aunt harriet's underground railroad in the sky


What about you? What are some books you wish you’d read as a child?

Top Ten Tuesday: Diverse Book Titles That Would Make Great Band Names

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday theme is ‘book titles that would make great band names’ so I went hunting in my diverse fiction TBR for some ideas!

long walk home  soulscry

Long Walk Home – folk band
Soul’s Cry – dystopian rock band

collisionoflies   sushi for one

Collision of Lies – alternative grunge band
Sushi for One – new wave pop band

theswitch   firethorn

The Switch – boy band
Firethorn – speed metal band

RelentlessHeart_BookCover  saltybittersweet

Relentless Heart – soft rock band
Salty Bitter Sweet – acapella cover band

Lost Down Deep front cover  alongtimecoming

Lost Down Deep – post grunge band
A Long Time Comin’ – Nashville sound country band


What do you think?
What are some other diverse fiction titles that would make great band names?
Have you read any of these books yet?

Book Review: Safe Harbor

Happy Monday!

Today, I’m pleased to bring a book review for Safe Harbor by Christy Barritt, book 2 in the Lantern Beach Blackout series. But don’t worry if you haven’t read book 1 yet (though you really should because it’s good!) – this book works ok as a stand alone too.

NOTE: Lantern Beach is not only the setting of this Blackout series but several other of Barritt’s series as well. You can find a mostly complete list here, and since these books are all set in the same universe, readers get the chance to catch up with beloved characters from previous series in subsequent books as well. Each series can be read as a stand alone series, however, and for the most part the books can be read as stand alones too. And while each book in the Blackout series has its own plot that ties up at the end, there is also an overarching plot that carries over through each book, not to be fully resolved until the last book of the series. So, as I said, you can read Safe Harbor as a standalone but I would recommend reading Dark Water first.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Safe Harbor by Christy BarrittA JOB AS EASY AS SUNDAY MORNING

Guilt over past mistakes haunt former Navy SEAL Dez Rodriguez. When he’s asked to guard a pop star during a music festival on Lantern Beach, he’s all set for what he hopes is a breezy assignment.

UNTIL HE MEETS BREE JORDAN

Bree hasn’t found fame to be nearly as fulfilling as she dreamed. Instead, she’s more like a carefully crafted character living out a pre-scripted story. When a stalker’s threats become deadly, her life—and career—are turned upside down.

DANGER RISES UP THE CHARTS

From the start, Bree sees her temporary bodyguard as a player, and Dez sees Bree as a spoiled rich girl. But when they’re thrown together in a fight for survival, both must learn to trust. Can Dez protect Bree—and his carefully guarded heart? Or will their safe harbor ultimately become their death trap?

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MY THOUGHTS

Dez Rodriguez, former Navy SEAL & current member of an elite security team called Blackout (made up of his fellow SEAL teammates and headquartered on the island of Lantern Beach, NC), is a man with “muscles that could be seen for miles, and a smile that could be seen even farther.” I’ll give you a moment to swoon appropriately at that description …  He’s protective, sometimes broody, prone to long-held feelings of guilt & a sense of duty, but also bighearted and a loyal friend. His reputation as a player may be exaggerated but he’s definitely good at flirting when it counts.

Bree Jordan is a pop star whose career has skyrocketed, though she disagrees with many of her manager’s decisions. She wants to sing her own songs – songs with depth, not the ‘bubble gum’ fluff that is responsible for her rise to fame. Her reputation as a spoiled, rich starlet may also be exaggerated, but she definitely knows how to throw her wealth around when it counts. She lives under a lot of pressure to keep up a certain image but really just wants to be herself.

The tension between these two vivid characters keeps sparks flying throughout this quick-read story. Between their definite romantic attraction to each other and the high-stakes suspense that has them – and readers – on their toes from start to finish, the electricity crackles like a summer storm off the ocean.  And buckle up for that ending – wow!

I loved getting to know Dez more – my interest in him had been piqued in Dark Water and I was curious about his backstory. It was nice to see a couple of peeks into the Cuban culture that gave him part of his heritage, and I also enjoyed seeing him directly in that role of protector that he makes so swoony. Bree became a favorite character, and her character growth throughout the novel was done really well.

Bottom Line: A great read from beginning to end, with a yummy hero & an engaging heroine, a charming island with a host of characters and intriguing backstories , a team of former SEALs with an unsolved mystery between them, and a message of finding your own worth and staying true to who you were created to be. Definitely recommended for romantic suspense fans!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christy BarrittUSA Today has called Christy Barritt’s books “scary, funny, passionate, and quirky.”

Christy, a Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author, writes both mystery and romantic suspense novels that are clean with underlying messages of faith. Her books have won the Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Suspense and Mystery, have been twice nominated for the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award, and have finaled for both a Carol Award and Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year.

She’s married to her prince charming, a man who thinks she’s hilarious–but only when she’s not trying to be. Christy’s a self-proclaimed klutz, an avid music lover who’s known for spontaneously bursting into song, and a road trip aficionado.

Christy currently splits her time between the Virginia suburbs and Hatteras Island, North Carolina. She has more than seventy books published with nearly two million copies sold.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Safe Harbor?

First Line Friday: Salty, Bitter, Sweet

Again, in case all the days are blending together for you like they are me …. it’s FRIDAY!!

And since it’s Friday, that means it’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.

Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line!

The book I’m featuring here today is Salty, Bitter, Sweet by Mayra Cuevas – and I’m in love with the cover!

saltybittersweet

and the first line is….


Happiness, like love, arrives through the kitchen.


ABOUT THE BOOK

A slow-burn romance in a cutthroat kitchen! There’s more to becoming a top chef for 17-year-old Isabella Fields than just not getting chopped … especially when the chances of things heating up with an intriguing boy and becoming a food star in the kitchen are both on the chopping block.  

Aspiring chef Isa’s family life has fallen apart after the death of her Cuban abuela and the divorce of her parents. She moves in with her dad and her new stepmom, Margo, in Lyon, France, where Isa feels like an outsider in her father’s new life. Isa balances her time between avoiding the awkward, “why-did-you-cheat-on-Mom” conversation with figuring out how a perpetually single woman can at least be a perpetually single chef.

The upside of Isa’s world being turned upside-down?

Her father’s house is located only 30 minutes away from the restaurant of world-famous Chef Pascal Grattard, who runs a prestigiously competitive international kitchen apprenticeship. The prize job at Chef Grattard’s renowned restaurant also represents a transformative opportunity for Isa who is desperate to get her life back in order—and desperate to prove she has what it takes to work in an haute kitchen. But Isa’s stress and repressed grief begin to unravel when the attractive, enigmatic Diego shows up unannounced with his albino dog.

How can Isa expect to hold it together when she’s at the bottom of her class at the apprenticeship, her new stepmom is pregnant, she misses her abuela dearly, and things with the mysterious Diego reach a boiling point?

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Let me know the first line of the book closest to you & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!

First Line Friday: Second Chance Sweethearts

In case anyone else has lost track of what day it is…. it’s FRIDAY!! Which isn’t nearly as exciting as it used to be when we could actually weekend. But, such is life right now, and we hope you are staying healthy at home and practicing social distancing.

Do you know where we don’t have to practice social distancing? RIGHT HERE on the interwebs. And since it’s Friday, that means it’s time for First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books.

Grab the book nearest to you and share the first line!

The book I’m featuring here today is Second Chance Sweethearts, a Christian contemporary romance title from Liwen Y. Ho!

Second Chance Sweethearts

and the first line is….


One line… one line. Please, let it be one line.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Two former high school sweethearts and one growing secret … will they choose to love above all else?

Missy Clark left small town life and her first love when she went away to college. Five years later, she returns to Sun Valley with a secret that’s sure to tarnish her reputation.

Nate Dawson never stopped loving Missy when she left home. Answered prayers have brought her back into his life, but the consequences she bears may destroy their second chance at love.

Can these sweethearts regain the innocence of the past and find hope and healing in the Lord for their future?

This book was previously published as part of the First Street Church Kindle World under the title of Love’s Choice. It is now available as a standalone story for your reading pleasure.

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Let me know the first line of the book closest to you & then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating!