CrossReads Short Takes: Camella’s Smile & Moonbeams

CrossReads Short Takes: Camella’s Smile & Moonbeams

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Camellia’s Smile

by Debra Lynn Collins

Camellia's Smile

When Camellia Stewart’s grandfather has a heart attack, she returns to Midvale, Alabama to help her grandparents on their farm until her grandfather is back on his feet. The morning after her return, she confronts Brody Tarvin, her grandparent’s new neighbor, with a shotgun.

Even though the neighbor’s granddaughter threatened to shoot him, Brody can’t stop thinking about her. After hearing about her grandfather’s heart attack, he decides to lend Camellia a hand on her grandparent’s farm. He finds himself falling for the woman with the beautiful smile until he discovers she has a boyfriend back home in Birmingham. Can Brody win her heart and convince her to stay in Midvale, or will she go back to the big city and leave him behind?

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Moonbeams

by JoAnn Durgin

Moonbeams

He represents nothing she ever wanted. And offers everything she needs.
She’s everything he needs. And wants nothing from him.
When their paths collide, can two people from different worlds dream of a future together?
Expect the unexpected.

Mitch Jacobsen’s younger sister, Amy Warnick, has tried to pair him off with her fellow TeamWork Missions volunteer, Cassie, for over a year. Why can’t Amy understand that the harder she pushes, the faster he’ll run? Dating a woman who lives 1,600 miles away—no matter how gorgeous and compassionate—isn’t on his radar. Cassie Thorenson wants nothing to do with a man who works with money and contributes to corporate greed. Dating a Wall Street broker—no matter how handsome and funny—is the last thing she needs. Surely, the Almighty must have a better plan. When these two meet during a TeamWork mini-reunion in Houston over Valentine’s Day weekend, Mitch and Cassie discover they have a lot more in common than they’d ever imagined. Their plan to resist one another quickly derails and then an unexpected event sends them all reeling. Let the sparks and the tempers fly!

The highly anticipated new contemporary Christian romantic adventure in the popular Lewis Legacy Series, Moonbeams is the story of discovering God’s perfect will amidst the most unexpected circumstances.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Love Begins & Terri

CrossReads Short Takes: Love Begins & Terri

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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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Terri

by Sharon Srock

Terri

Caring for a new foster child while running a thriving day care should keep Terri Hayes more than occupied, but her heart longs for something more. She hungers for a family of her own, and at twenty-nine, she feels time ticking away. When a busted pipe floods her home, Steve Evans offers her the family’s basement apartment as a temporary solution. Steve is widower, a father of two teenaged girls, and a successful writer. He is also the object of Terri’s secret affections. At least he was until a casual comment from him leads her to believe that he has all the family he’ll ever want. Iris and Samantha Evans have set their sights on Terri as the perfect stepmother. Their matchmaking plans include equal parts of prayer and deception. Will their scheming result in the wedding of their dreams, or will the harsh confrontation between Steve and the parents of Terri’s foster child be an obstacle they can’t overcome?

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CrossReads Short Takes: My Blue Havyn & Randy

CrossReads Short Takes: My Blue Havyn & Randy

CrossReads Short Takes

My Blue Havyn

by Lynette Bonner

My Blue Havyn

When Havyn Jessup agreed to join her church’s building trip, she had no idea the man who broke her heart was coming as well. The last thing she wants is to spend time with the now internationally famous actor, Levi Carter. Even if it is in Africa, where he might, if God had any sense of justice, be eaten, one tiny bite at a time, by a pride of hungry lions. Two whole weeks. She’d never survive that long.

Levi is elated to learn that Havyn will be joining the building team. He had planned to look her up just as soon as he got home to tell her what a fool he’d been. But there is no time like the present. And what better place to ensure she would hear him than when she was strapped in at thirty thousand feet above sea level? Two short weeks. Could he convince her he was a changed man in that amount of time?

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Randy

by Sharon Srock

Randy

Her soft side is buried deep…

After surviving a traumatic childhood, Miranda Franklin grew up tough, fast, and convinced of her inability to ever nurture a child. Eli Page is the only man to earn Randy’s trust. For him, she will face her worst fear—spend a day caring for his granddaughter. When the unthinkable happens, Randy realizes she’s the same as her mother was—a monster.

How can he choose…?

Widower Eli Page devoted the last fifteen years of his life to raising his daughter Celeste. Now it’s time for his happiness. His future. But six weeks before his wedding to Randy, Celeste skips town, leaving her one-year-old daughter for Eli to raise. Randy wants no part in raising a child—but how can she expect him to turn away his own granddaughter?

Will their happily-ever-after fall apart?

With their wedding day looming, can Eli track down his runaway daughter? Can Randy discover the truth about herself? Will Randy and Eli find a different future than what they expected—a better one?

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CrossReads Short Takes: Testing the Waters & Leaving Carolina

CrossReads Short Takes: Testing the Waters & Leaving Carolina

CrossReads Short Takes

Testing the Waters

by Lesley Ann McDaniel

Testing the Waters

Testing the waters is one thing, but Teresa Reynolds is in serious danger of going overboard.

Feeling down on herself after a breakup with her ultra-critical boyfriend, Teresa arrives in Crescent Cove, Oregon, for a weekend getaway. The trouble is, her ex-boyfriend’s claims that she’s uninteresting and unworthy of love have left her wishing she could be someone else. Then a chance encounter with a cute guy on the beach gives her the opportunity to reinvent herself…

Curt Mason is spending the summer avoiding women and getting over a broken heart. When he meets Térèse from Paris on the beach in Crescent Cove, his vow quickly goes out with the tide. Who is this mysterious woman, and why is he suddenly wracking his brain to remember every bit of French he learned back in high school just to try to impress her?

Being Térèse seems to bring out the best in Teresa, until her little game turns into a French knot of deception. Does she dare let Curt meet the person God made her to be?

Crescent Cove. Where true love comes in waves.

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Leaving Carolina

by Tamara Leigh

Leaving Carolina

THEY SAY YOU CAN TAKE THE GIRL OUT OF THE SOUTH, BUT YOU CAN’T TAKE THE SOUTH OUT OF THE GIRL. THIS GIRL BEGS TO DIFFER.

Piper Wick left her hometown of Pickwick, North Carolina twelve years ago, shook the dust off her feet, ditched her drawl and her family name, and made a new life for herself as a high-powered public relations consultant in Los Angeles. She’s even engaged to be engaged to the picture-perfect U.S. Congressman Grant Spangler.

Now all of Piper’s hard-won happiness is threatened by a reclusive uncle’s bout of conscience. In the wake of a health scare, Uncle Obadiah Pickwick has decided to change his will, leaving money to make amends for four generations’ worth of family misdeeds. But that will reveal all the Pickwick’s secrets, including Piper’s.

Though Piper arrives in Pickwick primed for battle, she is unprepared for Uncle Obe’s rugged, blue-eyed gardener. So just who is Axel Smith? Why does he think making amends is about more than just making restitution? And why, oh why, can’t she stay on task? With God’s help, Piper is about to discover that although good PR might smooth things over, only the truth will set her free.

PRAISE FOR LEAVING CAROLINA

“Tamara Leigh always manages to wrap biblical truth in a fun, light-hearted package. Leaving Carolina reminds us that the good stuff may require a little digging. This wonderful romance does not disappoint.” ~ KRISTEN BILLERBECK, author of What a Girl Wants

“Want to be drawn into a story rather than just reading it? Then allow me to suggest Tamara Leigh’s Leaving Carolina as your next ‘gotta have it’ story—because this is more than just a novel. It’s an adventure. It’s entertainment. It’s why you turn off the TV and pick up a really good book!” ~ EVA MARIE EVERSON, author of Things Left Unspoken

“Of all Tamara Leigh’s novels, this one is my favorite so far! Th colorful characters in Pickwick invited me to sit down to Sunday brunch and dig into the biscuits and gravy! A fun novel not to be missed!” ~ CAMY TANG, author of Single Sashimi and Deadly Intent

“Leaving Carolina is the first book in Tamara Leigh’s Southern Discomfort series, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one! Leigh’s cast of eccentric down-home characters, her warm-hearted and harried protagonist, and her charming Southern style provide readers with a story this warm, witty, and wise.” ~ MARTA PERRY, author of Twice in a Lifetime

“This is definitely a book I would recommend to my friends. Piper Pickwick is charming!” ~ ERYNN MANGUM, author of Miss Match

“Leaving Carolina is a soul-stirring sip of inspiration. With a Southern twist, Leigh draws us back to core values sweetened with a hint of romance. Good to the last drop!” ~ LOIS RICHER, author of A Ring and a Promise

“Tamara Leigh is a must-read for laugh-out-loud humor and soul-bearing honesty! And Leaving Carolina is classic Tamara Leigh, with quirky Southern characters, feel-good giggles, and many deep truths to ponder. Come spend some delightful hours in Pickwick, North Carolina, and see why Leaving Carolina has a bright spot on my keeper shelf.” ~ AMY WALLACE, author of Enduring Justice, Book 3 in the Defenders of Hope series

“Leaving Carolina was a joy to read It is delightfully funny, heart tugging, and honest. Tamara has a unique voice, a wonderful way with words, and has created a memorable story with great characters. I loved it, and I am looking forward other next book.” ~ PATRICIA H. RUSHFORD, author, speaker, and OCW Summer Conference Director.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Along Came a Prince & Unseen

CrossReads Short Takes: Along Came a Prince & Unseen

CrossReads Short Takes

Along Came a Prince

by Carol Moncado

Along Came a Prince

The Monarchies of Belles Montagnes
Book 2: Montevaro

Richard Antonio David Nicklaus is Montevaro’s spare – and he likes it that way. He prefers traipsing through mountains and rafting down rivers to board rooms and state dinners. After one more trip through the Ozark Mountains, he’ll have to head home and help his sister prepare for her wedding and coronation, taking over more official duties because of their father’s ailing health.

Trail guide Ellie Brewer is sick of rich, pretty boys, but she’s assigned one on her last trip before heading to Montevaro to spend time with her aunt, uncle, and cousin, Charlie, before he marries a princess. She admits Rick does okay – until he fails to follow instructions and she ends up injured miles from where they’re supposed to be.

After Rick takes her on a once-in-a-lifetime trip on their way to Europe, Ellie spends her recovery in Montevaro. When Rick takes off for weeks at a time, and is seen dancing with other women, Ellie wonders if she really meant anything to him. Ellie finds herself drawn to another man, but knows he can’t compare to the one she misses. Rick wants to be with Ellie but official duties have him flying around the world and concern for his distant cousin – Queen Christiana of Ravenzario – preoccupies him when he’s home. Somehow, he’ll have to convince Ellie not to regret the day Along Came a Prince.

(Series previously title The Montevaro Monarchy)

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Unseen

by John Michael Hileman

Unseen

Life for Jake Paris is stable and ordinary–until a mysterious old woman pays him a visit and he begins to have encounters with unruly children everywhere he goes—children only he can see.

When Jake’s estranged sister, Holly, finds herself the target of a national serial killer who has chosen her son as his next victim, Jake begins to wonder if there is a connection. Could these children be the ghosts of the killer’s victims?

As the kidnapper’s plan unfolds, Jake uncovers a startling secret about the unseen children that will change his life forever–and Holly discovers just how far she is willing to go to save her son. Unseen is a riveting story of rescue, restoration, and romance that will leave you thinking long after the last page has been turned.

“Prepare to have your core shaken, heart squished, and emotions rocked.”
~Amazon Reviewer

“Suspenseful, thrilling, and thoroughly engrossing to the very end!”
~Amazon Reviewer

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