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Title: Freedom In Friday Harbor

Author: International Bestselling Author Annee Jones

Genre: Christian contemporary romance

Publisher: Self-Published by Annee Jones

Release Date: January 25, 2023

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Blurb:

Will the 4th of July fireworks light the way to freedom from the past and perhaps the blossoming of new love for Summer and Ace in Friday Harbor?

Seattle marketing specialist Summer Connelly welcomes the assignment to supervise the construction of a company float for the annual 4th of July parade in Friday Harbor, WA. Not only will it be a chance to prove her leadership skills to her boss, but an opportunity for a much-needed escape, especially since she hasn’t taken any time off since her divorce was finalized over a year ago.

Ace Lockhart works himself to the bone at his Portland contracting company, but something in his life feels off. When doctors tell him his elderly father has taken a turn for the worse, he heads to Friday Harbor to be with the old man, simply because no one else in the family will even speak to him.

As fate would have it, Summer’s plans for the parade look like they could go up in smoke before any fireworks are even set off. Can Ace be the ticket to light at the end of the tunnel? Will their days together lead to fireworks in more ways than one?


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Annee Jones is an International Bestselling Author of romance, fantasy, and mystery. She is passionate about writing stories where dreams come true and love wins!

Professionally, Annee works as a disability counselor where she is honored to help her clients navigate through complex medical and legal systems while rediscovering their wholeness in Spirit.

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Excerpts from Freedom In Friday Harbor

Excerpt #1 ( 224 Words)

Dr. Fielding crossed her legs and ran a hand down the leg of her cream-colored pantsuit. “Those were decisions that you made in the past. Now is the present, and the future has yet to be written. You have the ability to make different choices going forward.” 

“I’m scared though—you know I haven’t even considered dating since the divorce went through,” Summer said. “I’ve been too busy focusing on work.” 

“That’s something we can look at more closely,” said the counselor. “I know your 30th birthday is coming up. Do you have any fun plans to celebrate?”

 “No,” Summer said morosely. “Quite frankly, I don’t even want to think about it. I’m so not where I wanted to be at this age.”

 Dr. Fielding chuckled and took off her glasses. “Honey, no one ever is.”

 The therapist’s light-hearted comment lifted her spirits. “I guess that’s true,” she said with a rueful smile. 

Dr. Fielding glanced at the wall clock. “I’m afraid our time is up. Try to do something nice for yourself for your birthday. Give yourself some grace. You’re only human. And remember -awareness is key to not repeating the patterns of the past.” 

“God forbid I should ever do that,” Summer said, shuddering.”

 That’s something we can both agree upon,” said Dr. Fielding, rising to give her a quick hug goodbye.

 

Excerpt #2 ( 278 Words)

“I have a project that I’d like to put you on. But it would mean that you’d have to travel.” 

“Travel?” she repeated, her curiosity peaked. 

Jim held up his hand. “Not that far, just a ferry ride over to Friday Harbor in the San Juans. Have you been there before?”

 “No,” she said. “I moved up to Seattle after graduating from college in Oregon but haven’t visited the islands off the coast yet.” 

“It’s beautiful out there,” Jim said. “Friday Harbor is the main town on San Juan Island. It’s a historic seaport village – very quaint.”

 “What’s the job?” she asked. 

He grinned. “I need you to supervise the building of a float for the town’s annual 4th of July parade.”

 “A float? Parade?” she asked incredulously. Her job usually consisted of designing digital marketing promotions. “I’m – I’m not sure I’m qualified,” she said, gulping. “Oh, I think you’re plenty qualified,” Jim said, chuckling.“

A construction crew can do the physical labor part. But I need you to design the thing and make sure the parade goes according to plan. It would of course therefore require you to work over the holiday. To make up for it, I want you to take a few days off and relax afterward.”

 “Hm,” she said. “That does sound nice. What is the company that’s hiring us to do their float?”

 “The Pacific Beekeepers Association,” Jim said, his eyes sparkling. 

Summer groaned inwardly, remembering the pain when a bee stung her in the arm at a summer picnic when she was six.

 She nodded, doing her best to smile. “Right,” she said. “You can count on me, sir. I’ll do it.”

 

Excerpt #3 (240 Words)

“Coffee would be perfect, thanks,” replied Summer.

 “Coming right up,” said the server. “Help yourself to the buffet whenever you want.” She turned and headed toward the kitchen, passing a waiter carrying a pitcher of ice water. Summer held out her glass for him to fill and then took a few sips of the cool liquid. Rising, she walked over to the buffet, interested to see what was in the steaming trays. She picked up a plate and walked slowly down the line, choosing scrambled eggs, sausage, and hash browns. A tall carousel of delectable-looking bakery items on a cart caught her attention. There was one blueberry scone left. Unable to resist the temptation, she reached for it, promptly bumping the hand of someone else, also making a grab for it from the opposite side. 

“Oops, sorry,” she said, pulling her hand back quickly.

 “Oh no, I’m sorry,” said the tall, dark, and ridiculously handsome man who stepped out from around the cart. He smiled at her affably and handed her the scone. 

“You take it,” he said. 

“No, you,” she said, hoping she wasn’t blushing as she passed it back to him. 

He stepped backward and shook his head. 

“Well, when my sister and I wrestled as kids over the last cookie or slice of pie, our mother would always make us split it. So how about we share?” he suggested. 

She grinned. “That only sounds fair,” she said.

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Title: Forever Yours

Author: Annee Jones

Genre: Christian contemporary romance

Publisher: Self-Published by Annee Jones

Release Date: January 13, 2023

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He’s there on a whim.

She’s there to help her aunt.

They’re both missing something.

Can it be each other?

“Find your Perfect Match this summer at the seaside…”

The Forever Yours matchmaking agency is hosting a vacation package week in Seaview, Florida.

Taking a break from her busy but unrewarding life in Chicago, Callie Winthrop has come to town to find respite at her beloved Aunt Fran’s bed and breakfast.

When the CEO of Forever Yours – who just happens to be staying at the inn for the event – offers Callie the opportunity to attend the activities and meet the most eligible bachelors in the country, how can she say no?

Jackson Thorne, a successful Tampa contractor, can’t believe the nerve of his brother, who actually thought it was a good idea to sign him up for a matchmaking vacation this summer.

Jackson acknowledges, however, that he has been avoiding commitment ever since his last relationship ended in tragedy.

Hence it may actually be good for him to start dating again – much as he would hate to admit it.

Maybe there’s even a chance he could meet the woman of his dreams this summer?

Warm your heart by reading this sweet clean romance about starting over today!

Bonus section with recipes included!

About the Clean Slate Series:

With the New Year comes hope for a better one.

A clean slate, if you will, to leave the past behind and start fresh.

For these characters, that’s exactly what they intend to do.

They’re not running away; they’re running toward something new.

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Excerpt #1 ( 145 Words)

Callie smoothed the sleeve of her blue cocktail dress.

The holiday office party was a success.

Streamers and helium-filled balloons in gold and white decorated the expansive conference room of Winthrop Public Relations and Advertising.

The event planner had the large mahogany table and accompanying leather chairs placed into temporary storage and brought in small, round dining tables with matching chairs covered in gold and white linens.

Atop the confetti-strewn tables, candles flickered in crystal votive holders. Buffet tables were set up along one side of the room and currently held steaming trays of beef tenderloin, chicken au vin, scalloped potatoes, and braised asparagus. The smaller dessert buffet offered an assortment of the finest chocolate truffles, tortes, and shortbreads.

Callie looked around the room at her colleagues and their significant others clad in festive, jewel-toned colors as they laughed and ate. She should be happy.

Excerpt #2 ( 114 Words)

Callie’s thoughts were interrupted by the sound of clinking glass. Hunter stood in the center of the room, calling for everyone’s attention. His dark gray Brooks Brothers suit showed off the body of the former football athlete and complimented his thick blond hair.

“Ladies and gentlemen,” he smiled broadly, “may I have your attention, please.” His eyes roamed over the crowd before settling onto her.

What was going on? He hadn’t told her he would be making a speech tonight.

“Callie, could you come up here and join me?” He gestured towards her, leaving her no real choice but to set her water glass on the closest table before winding her way towards him.

Excerpt #3 (132 words)

“I know we haven’t talked about this,” he continued, “but hey, I know you feel the same way I do, babe. We are Chicago’s next power couple, after all. What could be better than making it official? Let’s take this city by storm, sweetheart.” He dropped down to one knee and reached into his coat pocket, drawing out a small black velvet-covered box.

This can’t be happening, Callie thought as beads of cold sweat began to form on her forehead.

Hunter popped the box open with his index finger, revealing a gigantic solitaire. “Say you’ll be my wife,” he said, looking intently into her eyes.

Callie could feel gazes shifting in her direction as the room grew silent. “I… I…” she stuttered, then promptly burst into tears and ran from the room.

Excerpt #4 (170 Words)

Her boyfriend, Hunter Sandstrom, was also part of the company and highly esteemed by her father. In fact, the men would often get together on weekends to join other associates for rounds of golf. Hunter was everything a girl could want—smart, successful, good-looking. Always the perfect gentleman. He loved to call them Chicago’s next power couple. Wasn’t that a good thing?

Callie’s smile wavered a little. What was wrong with her? Maybe she was just tired, having worked overtime again the night before on a project deadline. She sighed. Working overtime was certainly nothing new for her. She relished the weekends when she had time to give in to her passion for cooking and baking. She enjoyed experimenting with different flavor combinations and spices, loving the tactile sensations of kneading out dough or practicing her knife skills. A ‘silly little hobby,’ her father called it. However, Callie couldn’t help but look forward to the minute she could go into her kitchen and put on her favorite blue-and-white gingham apron.

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Katrina

Christmas Quilt Brides Book 5

Genre: Contemporary Romance

By Annee Jones

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She knew the trip could be difficult, but she never imagined it’d change her life…

 

An unfortunate stagecoach accident leaves Katrina with no memory of who she is and where she was headed. The only clues to her identity are stitched in hand-sewn quilt, but to unravel them she must traverse across the countryside and find someone willing to answer her many questions.

 

Luke, the man who saved her after the accident and is now providing shelter for her, volunteers to travel with her. Their journey and those they meet along the way provide some clues, but unless she can stitch the pieces together, she may never learn the truth about who she is and why she was traveling on that fateful day.

 

Will she and Luke find the answers she so desperately needs or have memories faded and secrets remained intact?


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Christmas CAT-astrophe

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It’s beginning to look a lot like arson this Christmas season…

 

The Cat Café is buzzing with excitement this holiday season as they prepare for the Holiday Fur Ball & Silent Auction. As Tinsley and her crew put the finishing touches on the treats and decorations, she can’t help but daydream about the new animal shelter she hopes to build with the money from the auction.

 

The excitement soon fizzles, however, when a fire breaks out at the café with the fur babies inside. Thankfully, they’re rescued by firefighters and all safe and sound. But everyone at the Cat Café is shocked when the fire’s cause is determined to be arson. With the future of the new shelter now on shaky ground, Tinsley knows what she must do.

 

She must find the culprit before they try again. Even if she has to work with the handsome but know-it-all representative from the ball’s big tech sponsor, Nick Greenly.

 

Perhaps rescue cat Jingle and his feline friends may have some ideas that could help solve the case? But time is running out…can they pinch the Grinch before he or she ruins the Holiday Fur Ball and spoils everyone’s Christmas too?

 

Find out the fate of the beloved Cat Café and the new shelter and brighten your holidays by reading Christmas CAT-astrophe today!


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Title: Solitude Lake
Series: Hidden Creek Romance
Author: Adele Darcy
Published: May 13, 2022
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Christian Romance
*there are Christian themes as Susan is a person of faith, but not overtly a Christian romance per se…but does include scenes at church
 
 
Following the tragic death of her husband, Susan Dixon struggles with the realization that the love they shared was crippled by his legacy of secrets and betrayal. Hoping to rebuild her life, Susan moves back to her hometown of Hidden Creek Montana. Settling into her family’s cabin on the peaceful shores of Solitude Lake, Susan searches for healing in the rugged scenery.
 
Taking a summer job at the neighboring Solitude Lake Lodge, Susan rekindles a romance with her old flame, Jake Arnett. As the couple fall in love under the Montana skies, a past of heartache and missed opportunities haunts them. Susan needs to heal from her husband’s betrayal, while Jake is afraid of repeating past mistakes. Can these star-crossed lovers let go of regrets and fall into a happily ever after?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Adele Darcy is the alter-ego of creative artist and travel blogger Adele Lassiter.

Solitude Lake is inspired by Adele’s time living in western Montana, where she spent countless hours exploring Big Sky’s wide-open spaces from Glacier National Park to Yellowstone Country and beyond.

She currently resides in North Carolina, where she loves to explore the Blue Ridge Parkway and spend days relaxing at the Outer Banks
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Justice for Ginger

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Five years ago, Ginger Carlyle turned down a marriage proposal that everyone, including Jacob Noble, thought she would agree to.

 

Five years ago, Jacob Noble took a job in a northern California mining town that he hoped would help him to forget the love he’d left behind in Ashton. But there was no way he could forget Ginger, or his own broken heart.

 

Back in Ashton, Ginger has been beset by tragedy after tragedy. After her father’s death, she is the only one who can care for her ailing mother and manage the family house and land. But hard work isn’t enough when the bank comes looking for the mortgage payments. Unable to tell her mother the truth about their dire financial circumstances, Ginger will have to work even harder to make sure that their Thanksgiving holiday is as joyful as it always was when her father was alive.

 

However, after Ginger is accused of stealing from her new employer, her whole world is turned upside down. She’s dragged to the sheriff’s office where she’s shocked to discover the new deputy is none other than the very man whose proposal, she turned down all those years ago.

 

As the past is re-visited and secrets come to light, is there hope that justice will be Ginger’s in time for Thanksgiving?


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A lonely and abused woman without a home. A Marshal who is given the sudden responsibility of two children. A mail-order bride situation that has fallen to ruin. Can Lottie find a home and a family by Christmas?

December 1880
When Lottie Reiner lost her father in the war, her mother fell to pieces.

At the young age of eleven, Lottie began caring for her catatonic mother. But when both her mother and grandfather pass away months apart, Lottie becomes nothing but a burden to her family.

Her grandmother pushes Lottie to get married before it’s too late. But Lottie is a twenty-seven-year-old spinster with no experience raising children.

Isn’t it already too late?

Deputy US Marshal Archer King comes from a family of law keepers.

His father was a US Marshal, and his mother worked as a Pinkerton Agent with Kate Warne.

When his only sister passed on in childbirth, his brother-in-law swore he could care for the children on his own. And Archer was to check in on them, but in almost two years, he’s neglected that duty to his sister.

When the father, Sam Hodge, goes missing, he finds out exactly what kind of dire situation the children have been subject to.

After being turned out of her home, Lottie heads to Durant, Oklahoma, where Sam Hodge and his two children live, in the hopes of becoming a new wife and mother.

Only the mail-order situation does not turn out the way Lottie had hoped, and many of the things that Sam had told her in his letters turn out to be lies.

The only thing true is the children, and Lottie is fast becoming attached to them.

But what will happen when Sam is found?

Will she have the opportunity to get a home and a family before Christmas?

 

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P. Creeden married her college sweetheart, who she also met at a horse farm. Together they raise a menagerie of animals and their one son, an avid reader, himself. Animals are the supporting characters of many of her stories, because they occupy her daily life on the farm, too. From dogs, cats, and goldfish to horses, chickens, and geckos — she believes life around pets is so much better, even if they are fictional.

 

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Title: Little Drops of Sunshine
Author: Staci Stallings
Genre: NA Contemporary Christian Romance
Publisher: Spirit Light Publishing
Publication Date: December 20th, 2018
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First love is seldom as easy as everyone makes it sound.
Lauren Miller wants to fall in love. She has dreamed of falling in love. But watching her very best friend fall in love with the man of her dreams and then have her heart shattered into a gazillion pieces has made Lauren question if this whole love thing is even worth it. When Wes Conway, a guy who teases her constantly and thinks of her as not much more than a little sister, starts popping up in her life, Lauren is sure she knows what his intentions are where she’s concerned—and they are definitely not the romantic kind. But how does a girl keep her heart from falling for a guy who is so intent on protecting her and being there for her no matter what?
Wes Conway’s life has been no fairy tale, and finally graduating from high school hasn’t changed that. Stuck working to make ends meet while all of his friends go off to college, Wes doesn’t see his life getting any better any time soon. Then, he starts hanging out with Lauren Miller, a high school junior. Thanks to the differences in their ages, Wes knows Lauren is too young for him to even think about dating. Unfortunately, she’s cute, funny, and impossible to not want to be around. But Wes can’t fall in love with her. He just can’t…
From USAToday Best Selling Christian Romance author, Staci Stallings, comes the third book in The Imagination Series, LITTLE DROPS OF SUNSHINE. Fraught with the trials and turmoil of young love, The Imagination Series will give Christian romance readers the emotional ride of a lifetime. These young adults trying to figure out life and love will have you cheering, laughing, and crying as they traverse what it means to be friends and maybe even more.
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A USA Today Best Selling Author and stay-at-home mom, Staci Stallings has a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side. Stallings offers numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors.
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Title: The Taste of Tears
Author: Staci Stallings
Genre: NA Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Spirit Light Publishing
Publication Date: September 28th, 2018
 
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Paige Grayson fell in love with Nelson Samuels in “Becoming Me.”
They are a match made in Heaven. He writes music, she writes poetry that sounds like music. Together, they are learning to make beautiful music.
But when Nelson makes the decision to chase his lifelong dreams that don’t include Paige, life may take a very different turn for these two musical lovebirds…
From USA Today Best Selling Christian Romance author, Staci Stallings, comes Book 2 in The Imagination Series, “The Taste of Tears.” This new adult novel series is a roller-coaster of emotions as these friends navigate the treacherous waters of growing up, falling in love, chasing dreams, and learning that sometimes in life, you have to use your imagination to be able to think past reality and reach for what no one has yet envisioned life can be. Slowly but surely they learn to trust God for what they cannot see and come to realize that He has a plan even when life doesn’t seem to make much sense.
Go along on this very special journey and maybe you, too, will remember that imagination just like love can take you places reality says are impossible.
A USA Today Best Selling Author and stay-at-home mom, Staci Stallings has a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side. Stallings offers numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors.
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Title: Faith in Sweetwater County
Author: Ciara Knight
Genre: Sweet Romance
Publication Date: Mar. 6th, 2018
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Cline Grant, a man with a checkered past turned preacher has dedicated the last ten years of his life to making up for past sins. But when he is faced with removing a young girl from her abusive uncle he must face the calling he never expected. He escapes with the young girl to the safety of a small town until a beautiful and dedicated social worker asks too many questions, questions that put his faith to the ultimate test.
Kinley Stafford refuses to accept the new preacher’s credentials as a father because he claims to be a man of faith, not after she failed to protect a boy only months earlier from a dead-beat dad. And when the preacher’s little girl runs away, Kinley makes it her personal mission to expose whatever secrets Preacher Cline is hiding.
Ciara Knight writes with a ‘Little Edge and a Lot of Heart’ with her contemporary and paranormal romance books. Her most recent #1 Amazon bestselling series, Sweetwater County, has topped the charts and received acclaimed reviews. Her international best-seller, Pendulum scored 4 stars from RT Book Reviews, accolades from InD’Tale Magazine and Night Owl Top Pick. Her young adult paranormal series, Battle for Souls, received 5 stars from Paranormal Romance Guild and Night Owl’s Top Pick, among other praises.
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Cline glanced at the porcelain-skinned, model-thin vision before him and suddenly felt his old habits bubble to the surface. He bit back the pickup line sitting at the tip of his tongue and instead said mildly, “I wouldn’t want that. First names it is. Cathy, can you tell me what the emergency is, or will you continue embarrassing this lovely lady?”
Cathy elbowed Kinley in the side. “Did you hear that? He called you ‘lovely.’”
“Yes, and he just heard you,” Kinley said, her face turning red. Still, she smiled kindly at Cathy before facing Cline. “Listen, I’m sorry. I’m afraid you stepped into the middle of a man-tervention.”
“Man-tervention?”
She laughed, a delicate, sweet sound that filled the room. “My friends were accusing me of working too hard and not making time to date. Cathy means well, but doesn’t know when to take a breath and let people live their own lives.”
Judy stood and chimed in, saying, “She’s right, you know. I think we should all give Kinley a chance to meet men on her own.”
“What?” Cathy shrilled, but was stopped by a wide wink by Judy. “Oh. Right. We’ll leave you two alone to live your own lives.”
“Wait—what is it you needed me to come here for?” Cline asked Cathy before she could lead the other women out of the coffee shop.
“Oh, right. I needed to give you the keys to the buildings.” Cathy dug through her bag until she pulled out a large key ring, unsnapped the metal and slid off two keys. “The large one is for the church, and the other is for the cottage out back where you’ll be living.”
“That old dump?” Kinley exclaimed. “It’s not fit for even a bachelor.” She bit her bottom lip in an adorable way, and gave Cline a rueful glance. “I’m sorry. I’d assumed you weren’t married.”
“I’m not. And Mrs. West saw to it that the cottage was readied ahead of my arrival. It’s small, but it’ll do.” He tilted his head and angled his body toward the door. He didn’t like leaving Chrissy in the truck alone for this long. “I’m so sorry, but I’d better get going,” he said, not wanting to answer any more questions at the moment. He needed to keep his and Chrissy’s secret. He’d told people that Chrissy was his niece, and for now, the town needed to believe that lie. “It was nice to meet all of you. I hope to see you at our first service in a few weeks, once the renovations to the church are complete.”
“We do have a few churches in town,” Sue said. “What kind will yours be?”
“Sweetwater Church will be non-denominational. All faiths are welcome.”
“I think that’s lovely,” Judy said. “You can count on my husband James and I being there at your first service.”
“You mean even Catholics are welcome?” Cathy asked.
Judy huffed. “Watch it, girl. At least Catholics spend their time in church praying instead of planning the next picnic.”
Sue snagged a cup from the table and set it on the counter while the women continued to argue over religious denominations and their traditions. “Don’t mind them. They’ve been frenemies since birth.”
“It seems I’ll need to take a class on small town politics before I open up my mouth in front of my congregation.” Cline smiled, but then felt his chest tighten. When was the last time he’d smiled? It didn’t matter. Life was no longer about having fun. He’d left the partying and the women behind when he’d dedicated his life to helping others. And now, he had to help Chrissy. When he’d promised to do God’s work on Earth, he never knew how much God would ask of him.
He never would’ve guessed that he’d be asked to become a kidnapper.