CrossReads Short Takes
Written in the Sand
by Lynette Bonner
Two years ago, a fist not only tore away the last tattered threads of Riley Ross’s ability to trust another human being with her heart, but also stole any chance she would ever have of carrying another child. Since she wouldn’t ask any man to walk through that grim reality with her, she’s made a decision not to start any relationships.
So when she arrives to pick up her younger brother from his soccer practice and sees that Jalen Rivera is his new coach, she knows she’s in for a battle. Because if ever there was a man who could tempt her to forget her vow, it was Jalen. She’d managed to resist him once, could she find the selflessness to do so again?
Jalen can’t believe his good fortune when he learns that Riley still isn’t seeing anyone. But convincing her to give them a chance might be more difficult than he anticipated. Can he prove to her that true love is not written in the sand, but is etched into a foundation stone that is bigger than either of them?
by JoAnn Durgin
Serenity McClaren had it all before her life crumbled around her like the sand castles on her beloved beach, causing her to flee Croisette Shores and the only home she’d ever known. Nearly five years later and living in Atlanta, she receives a mysterious, unsigned note: “Come home, Serenity. Things aren’t as they seem. Time to find your answers.” Returning to South Carolina, she prepares to face her demons and the ailing father she left behind, hoping to make peace with both.
Child psychologist Jackson Ross is a man with a surprising past. He’s ready for the quiet life and eager to establish his practice in the quaint, coastal village. After he hires Serenity to decorate his new office, he’s drawn to the beautiful and enigmatic woman yet sees she’s haunted by a past she can’t escape. Wanting to help her, he begins to suspect one of his young patients may hold the key to unlocking Serenity’s secrets. Jackson follows his instincts and discovers the shocking truth, but how can he tell the woman he’s grown to love what he knows—and set her free—without compromising his professional ethics and losing her forever?
CATCHING SERENITY: A poignant story of faith, hope and love, and discovering the everyday miracles from an all-powerful God.