CrossReads Short Takes: Guarding Her Heart & Finding Courage

CrossReads Short Takes: Guarding Her Heart & Finding Courage

CrossReads Short Takes

Guarding Her Heart

by Kimberly Rae Jordan

Guarding Her Heart

GUARDING HER HEART is book one of the Christian romance series, BLACKTHORPE SECURITY by Kimberly Rae Jordan. Follow the lives of the men and women working for BlackThorpe Security as they face the challenges of life, faith and love.

The BlackThorpe Security series is a spin-off from the Christian romance series, The McKinleys. If you haven’t read those yet, check out book one – THIS TIME WITH LOVE: A Christian Romance – and meet some of the characters who will continue to appear in the BlackThorpe Security series.

Lindsay Hamilton has watched as people around her have fallen in love and gotten married. She knows she needs a change in her life, but she also knows it doesn’t involve romance or love, let alone marriage. When their church announces a two-week mission’s trip to the Philippines, Lindsay feels that this may be the change she needs. Plus, it will give her the opportunity to see the world beyond the one she’s lived in her whole life. The only problem is her mother. Having almost lost one child, Lindsay’s mother is distraught at the thought of her only daughter trekking halfway around the world by herself. In order to give her mother peace of mind, Lindsay agrees to allow a bodyguard to accompany her.

Than Miller is the consummate ladies’ man. He loves to spend time with them and to make them feel good about themselves. Unfortunately, that very approach to life has made the one woman he’s most interested in hold him at arm’s length. When her older brother comes to BlackThorpe Security to hire a bodyguard for a trip she’s taking, Than quickly agrees. Surely he’ll have the opportunity to convince Lindsay to change her opinion of him during their trip together.

Though Lindsay has accepted Than’s role as her bodyguard, she’s the one in charge of guarding her heart. And guard it she will. But when disaster strikes and she finds herself completely out of her element, Lindsay has to face her own vulnerabilities. As her faith in God deepens, will she be able to let down her guard enough to let Than in?

Usually, Than has no trouble keeping his emotions detached from his job, but this time around he’s finding it more and more difficult. And it’s not just because he’s responsible for Lindsay. In the midst of disaster, he comes face to face with a faith he’s never experienced before. Will he give his heart to God even as he waits for Lindsay to give hers to him?

Or will the experiences Than and Lindsay shared on the trip be just a memory when they get back home?

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Finding Courage

by Melanie D Snitker

Finding Courage

Finding Courage is a clean, Christian romance novel and the third book in the Love’s Compass series.

It takes courage to ask for a second chance…even more to extend one.

For Duke and Avalon McNeil, it was love at first sight. Married within months of meeting, their feet hardly touched the ground until the reality of their haste hit home with startling clarity.

Duke’s heart shattered when Avalon vanished for nearly three weeks, fleeing their arguments and misunderstandings. Now she’s back. He’s happy she’s home and safe, but he isn’t ready to risk everything again when their bond was so easily broken.

Avalon’s relieved to be home. She’s desperate to make peace between them, but returns with a secret. She can’t reveal anything to Duke until she proves to him she came back to restore their relationship.

As outside pressure continues to threaten Duke and Avalon’s fragile foundation, they must find the strength to prove to each other their marriage is worth fighting for.

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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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CrossReads Short Takes: Heated Summer & One Choice

CrossReads Short Takes: Heated Summer & One Choice

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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 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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CrossReads Short Takes: A Long Way Home & Cast a Road Before Me

CrossReads Short Takes: A Long Way Home & Cast a Road Before Me

CrossReads Short Takes

A Long Way Home

by Becky Doughty

A Long Way Home

A Long Way Home can be read as part of The Fallout Series or as a stand-alone romance novel.

“This modern retelling of the prodigal story delves into heavier topics such as abuse and rape, but with such a careful touch, it never felt overwhelming. As usual, the writing was lyrical and very visual, like a movie playing in front of me.” ~ Heather Day Gilbert, USA Today Bestselling Author

“Dancing helped me forget…”

“Forget the pain of what I’d left behind. Forget the shame of what I’d done. Forget the fact that my future felt as untethered as the caravan in which I traveled.” ~Samantha Clark

On the run, Savannah Clark lives her life as a modern-day bohemian, hiding her identity behind her beaded scarves and swirling skirts. Marek and the Gypsies, a troupe of dancers and musicians, follow the Renaissance and Medieval Faire circuits, never staying in one place for very long. Her disguise, however, doesn’t fool those who know and love her best, nor does it completely hide the evidence of how difficult living in fear can be.

But an unexpected encounter with Jordan Ransome, her first love, tears open old wounds, and tragic news from home brings Savannah face to face with her worst fears. Will she run again, a victim of the lies she’s come to believe about herself and those she left behind, or can she trust her heart enough to embrace the girl she once was as the woman she has become?

NOTE: This book may contain triggers due to the topic of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

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Cast A Road Before Me

by Brandilyn Collins

Cast a Road Before Me

Bradleyville Series Book 1
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“A course-changing event in one’s life can happen in minutes. Or it can form slowly, a primitive webbing splaying into fingers of discontent, a minuscule trail hardening into the sinewed spine of resentment. So it was with the mill workers as the heat-soaked days of summer marched on…”
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City girl Jessie, orphaned at sixteen, struggles to adjust to life with her barely known aunt and uncle in the tiny town of Bradleyville, Kentucky. Eight years later (1968) she plans on leaving—to following in her revered mother’s footsteps of serving the homeless. But the peaceful town she’s come to love is about to be tragically shattered. Threats of a labor strike rumble through the streets, and Jessie’s new love and her uncle are swept into the maelstrom. Caught between the pacifist teachings of her mother and these two men, Jessie desperately tries to deny that Bradleyville is rolling toward violence and destruction.

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