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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Raspberries & Vinegar

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Raspberries & Vinegar

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Raspberries and Vinegar

Raspberries and Vinegar

From a USA Today Bestselling Author!
“Stayed up all night reading! …such a captivating romance.”
“Witty and enchanting!”

Sweet like Raspberries. Tart like Vinegar. 

Josephine Shaw: complex, yet singleminded. A tiny woman with big ideas and, some would say, a mouth to match. But what does she really know about sustainable living as it relates to the real world? After all, she and her two friends are new to farming.

Zachary Nemesek is back only until his dad recovers enough to work his own land again. When Zach discovers three helpless females have taken up residence at the old farm next door, he expects trouble. But a mouse invasion proves Jo has everything under control. Is there anything she can’t handle? And surely there’s something sweet beneath all that tart.

Raspberries and Vinegar is the first book in the Farm Fresh Romance series. If you like Christian romance novels that are clean, green, and filled with characters you alternately wish to hug and shake, you’ll love Valerie Comer’s page-turning romance series. Why not scroll up and get started today?

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CrossReads Short Takes: Love Begins & For Mercie’s Sake

CrossReads Short Takes: Love Begins & For Mercie’s Sake

CrossReads Short Takes

Love Begins

by Teresa Slack

Love Begins

“If I wasn’t such a good Christian, you’d be in an orphanage somewhere, young lady.”

Abandoned by their parents, Michelle Hurley and her kid sister Nicole are reminded every day their livelihood depends on a grandmother who never wanted them. Nearly twenty years later, Michelle has accepted the fact she isn’t worthy of the love she so desperately needed as a child.

Her comfortable, albeit lonely, existence comes crashing down the morning Nicole abandons her two young children under Michelle’s lilac bushes. Michelle doesn’t want to be responsible for fixing Nicole’s mistakes. Again. Nor does she want to admit she may be just like the grandmother she can’t forgive.

When as old boyfriend re-enters her life, Michelle is reminded nothing has worked out the way she hoped it would. Kyle Swann also makes her realize shutting her heart against the world could be the worst mistake she ever made.

Love Begins is the first installment of the Tender Blessings contemporary series.

This thought-provoking contemporary romance examines the changing dynamics of family relationships and issues. Infused with honesty and humor, it will capture the hearts of readers who love children, understand their challenges and appreciate the many definitions of family.

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For Mercie’s Sake

by Sharon Srock

For Mercie's Sake

Sixteen-year-old Scottlyn Rich survives a horrifying experience only to discover she’s pregnant. When she refuses to abort her unborn baby, her father kicks her out. She has no idea how to handle the obstacles ahead, she only knows that giving her daughter, Mercie, a chance to live is the most important thing she’ll ever do.

Widowed schoolteacher Diana Kensington lost everything she held dear the day her husband’s plane fell out of the sky. Four hundred and thirty-nine days later she still has no answer to her daily prayer. “What now, God?”

When Scottlyn shows up in Diana’s class, Diana sees an open door. Can trust be built between these two lost women? Can they work together to fill the void in each other’s lives, for Mercie’s sake?

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Comfort Level

Comfort Level

by Ruth Donner O’Neil

Ephesians 5:3-7   

 “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient (Ephesians 5:6). 

I had an interesting job. I worked in a call center and I don’t know who entertained me more, the people I called every night or the people with whom I worked. Even though I was a supervisor and didn’t usually get on the phone, occasionally I did need to make a few calls myself.

One such time we had extra calling to do on top of all our regular work. We were calling hotels to find out if they offered adult movies for their patrons to watch. The company we were doing the calling for was going to set up a website so Christian families can be prepared when they went on vacation.

At first, I was embarrassed asking about adult movies. I certainly didn’t want any of those hotel workers thinking I actually wanted to watch them! I had to keep saying over and over in my head, “They don’t know me. They don’t know me. They don’t know me.” On the other hand, I wasn’t naïve to the fact that plenty of these types of movies existed. I was thirty-something years old and had been married for quite a while; I didn’t understand why it was so awkward for me to ask the question, “Do you offer adult movies in your rooms?”

Then as I thought about it, I realized adult movies were cram-packed with sin. The Bible tells us to stay away from all immorality. Adult movies clearly fall into that category. If we are truly saved, what is sinful ought to bother us and ought to make us uncomfortable.

Does sin make you feel uncomfortable?

Dear Heavenly Father, When I am around blatant sin, I feel out of sorts. I pray that I never lose this quality. I don’t want to get so used to sin that I am immune to it. Keep my heart and mind pure. In Jesus name, Amen.

Originally published in Whispers From God.

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at ruths-real-life (dot)blogspot.com or her website at ruthoneil (dot)weebly.com

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Jane Austen Upside Down

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Jane Austen Upside Down

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Jane Austen Upside Down

by Jan Thompson

Jane Austen Upside Down

Jane Austen fans, what’s your favorite Austen novel? Mine is PERSUASION, but I couldn’t help thinking of alternate worlds, hence this parody.

What if Anne Elliot weren’t the capable one? What if it were her sister, Mary Musgrove, instead? A capable Mary and a helpless Anne? Oh, the thought. Why, the Regency world might be upside down! Who would Captain Wentworth take back to sea with him? Read to find out!

The challenge of the day is to find all the differences between Jan Thompson’s JANE AUSTEN UPSIDE DOWN: A PERSUASION PARODY short story and that original Jane Austen Right Side Up, the classic PERSUASION. Well, let the scavenger hunt begin.

If you are looking for something quick and Regency, clean and sweet to read, here’s a short story that fits into your smart phone. Happy reading!

Jane Austen Upside Down 1: A Persuasion Parody
A Regency Short Story

Jane Austen Upside Down 2: Thornton in My Side
An Antebellum Novelette

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CrossReads Short Takes: Heated Summer & One Choice

CrossReads Short Takes: Heated Summer & One Choice

CrossReads Short Takes

Heated Summer

by Susette Williams

Heated Summer

Margaret Stephens has her sights set on marrying a man with a promising future. Nicholas Alexander is definitely not that man. His boyish charm isn’t going to sidetrack her; not that he appears to want to. Nick’s judgmental manner irks her because he doesn’t know her…not well enough to condemn her.

Nicholas has seen enough gold diggers like Maggie. The purrfect little kitty who warms up to rich guys. Then when the unsuspecting bums marry them…they find kitty has claws. He’s already been scratched and isn’t about to make the same mistake twice.

Margaret doesn’t plan on ever going hungry again. A visit to the orphanage brings up a past she keeps trying to forget. To Nicholas, it’s a reminder of all the things he has to be thankful for and he hopes that Margaret will come to appreciate all that she has.

Can two people from different sides of the track meet somewhere in the middle? It’s a rough ride till they find out.

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One Choice

by Ginger Solomon

One Choice

Cahri Michaels is American by birth, but Belikarian by choice. Being selected to participate in the Bridal March forces her to give up the independent life she’s created for herself. She’s not ready to be anyone’s wife, much less to a man she doesn’t know.

Prince Josiah Vallis despises the century’s old tradition—the Bridal March—that is forcing him to choose a wife from fifty women. Why does it matter that he’s twenty-five and still single?

When Cahri and Josiah meet, passion ignites. Will it spark a godly love that can see them through or will they be burned…. never to be the same?

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