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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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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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Seaside

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Seaside

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Seaside

by Terri Blackstock

Seaside

Life is a gift too precious to be unwrapped in haste.

Neither of Maggie Rivers’ adult daughters realizes how their frantic drive for achievement is speeding them headlong past the things that matter most in life. So when Maggie purchases plane tickets for them to join her in a vacation on the Gulf of Mexico, they almost decline the offer. Circumstances force the issue, and the sisters find themselves first thrown together, then ultimately drawn together, in one memorable week in a cabin called Seaside. As Maggie sets out to photograph the faces and moods of her overachieving daughters, more than photos develop. A picture emerges of possibilities that come only by slowing down and savoring the simple treasures of the moment. It takes a mother’s love and honesty to teach hers daughters a wiser, uncluttered way of life—one that can bring peace to their hearts and healing to their relationships. And though the lesson comes on wings of grief, the sadness is tempered with faith, restoration, and a joy that comes from the hand of God.

“Blackstock, queen of the Christian suspense novel (Presumption of Guilt, Evidence of Mercy, etc.), departs from the thrills-and-chills genre to pen this agreeable, but never syrupy, story of a family reunion … the dialogue is wonderfully natural and the strong female characters surprisingly well-developed for a novel this brief. The novella’s themes of forgiveness and eternal life undergird the plot and characters, but in an unobtrusive, nondidactic way… Christian readers who enjoy believable women characters will be drawn to this story, particularly as thoughtful vacation reading, relishing Maggie’s message that “time wasted is not always a waste of time.”—Publisher’s Weekly

For more information about the author, visit www.TerriBlackstock.com

Elaia Press
Fiction/General/Contemporary

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CrossReads Short Takes: A Home in Hill Country & The Wedding Chapel

CrossReads Short Takes: A Home in Hill Country & The Wedding Chapel

CrossReads Short Takes

A Home in Hill Country

by Roxanne Rustand

A Home in Hill Country

Desperate times call for desperate measures

That’s why the dying town of Homestead, Texas, established the Home Free program, offering land grants in exchange for the much-needed professional services modern homesteaders could bring with them.

Kristin Cantrell had leaped at the chance to return to her childhood home, accepting subsidized land for herself and her son in exchange for the skills she could provide as a physician’s assistant. She didn’t expect her reputation to be tarnished by a crime her deceased father had supposedly committed. She also didn’t expect to see Ryan Gallagher again, even though his father, the senator, practically owned the Hill Country. Now she had to prove not only her father’s innocence, but also her own.

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The Wedding Chapel

by Rachel Hauck

The Wedding Chapel

From New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes The Wedding Chapel.

A lonely wedding chapel built as a tribute to lost love just might hold the long-awaited secret to hope and reconciliation.

For sixty years, the wedding chapel has stood silent and empty. Retired football hall-of-famer Jimmy “Coach” Westbrook built the chapel by hand, stone by stone, for his beautiful and beloved Collette Greer, whom he lost so many years ago. The chapel is a sanctuary for his memories, a monument to true love, and a testament to his survival of the deepest pain and loss.

Photographer Taylor Branson left her hometown of Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, to make a new life for herself in New York. She had lots to run away from, not least of all a family history of broken promises and broken dreams. Love catches Taylor off guard when she falls for Jack Forester, a successful advertising executive, and their whirlwind romance leads to an elopement—then to second guesses. Jack, in spite of his very real love for Taylor, is battling his own demons and struggles to show her his true self and the depths of his love for her.

Taking a photography assignment in Heart’s Bend, Taylor is thrown back into a past of family secrets buried deep beneath the sands of time. When Taylor and Coach’s journeys collide, they each rediscover the heartbeat of their own dreams as they learn that the love they long to hold is well worth the wait.

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