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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When Emily McFadden first met Steve Callaghan, her only goal had been to gain his permission for his son to come over to play with hers. When she realizes that he is in need of help caring for his four sons, she decides to see if he’d be interested in making a deal. She’d help him with his boys, and he’d help her with the repairs to her aging house. Steve makes it clear he’s not in the market for a wife which is just fine with her. She has her own reasons for not wanting to get involved romantically.
Steve has no interest in a relationship after having dealt with his ex-wife and her rejection of their boys. However, he finds himself drawn to Emily as she showers his boys with love in the same way she does with her own four children. But is it just gratitude or something more? Is it possible that God has a different plan for their families than what they’d thought they wanted?
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God doesn’t always call us to do what’s easy.
Amy Harris is the after-school care coordinator and long-term sub at the same inner city high school she graduated from. She’s always avoided the complications of dating outside her multi-ethnic heritage. Until Zach got hired.
Zach Wilson took a teaching job in a D.C. public school as part of a student-loan forgiveness program. Nearing the end of his commitment, a possibility arises to move to a magnet school in the suburbs. But will leaving the city end things with Amy before they really have a chance to start?
As Zach and Amy work together on the school’s annual holiday program, they must each decide if they’ll dare to follow where God calls.
Book three is the Taste of Romance series, A Dash of Daring is a contemporary Christian romance designed to entertain, inspire, and encourage thought about Christian living in today’s world.
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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.
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Noella Crawford watched as her mom fell in love over and over again, only to have the men take advantage of her love and leave her broke and brokenhearted. When her mom eventually abandons her daughter in order to keep the love of her latest man, Noella is determined to never repeat her mom’s mistakes.
After devoting several years of her life to university and then setting up a bakery business with her foster sister, Noella is finally ready to turn her attentions to a relationship. But she has two very high standards that any man she dates must meet: he must match or exceed her own financial position, and he must be driven to succeed in whatever field he has chosen for his career. And love is optional.
If there is one person who might cause her to re-evaluate her requirements and the love part, however, it’s Finlay Kinnaird. Except he’s a mechanic. And lives in a trailer park.
After leaving his Scottish home six years earlier, Finlay Kinnaird has floated around Canada for several years before finally putting down roots. In the year since Finn first met Noella through her foster brother, he has found himself drawn to her quiet, yet intense, personality. Even though it appears to be with a bit of reluctance, Noella agrees when Finn asks her out. Unfortunately, on their very first date, Finn discovers that they have very different views on love, marriage and finances, and he’s not sure they can work past them.
Compromise and trust are the only way things will work between them, but is that even possible when Finn longs for the type of relationship his parents have while Noella fears becoming her mother? As Christmas looms ahead of them, will they find a way to experience the wonder of love? Or will this be a season of heartache for them both?
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He never forgot his first love.
In the ten years since Ben Taylor last saw Marie, no other woman has measured up. After he meets Rebecca Fisher, the physical therapist rehabilitating his knee, Ben is convinced that she is the same woman he fell in love with so many years ago. She denies it at first, but his persistence causes her to admit the truth. Right before she pushes him away.
To escape a painful negative image created by her father, Rebecca Fischer has constructed an identity completely separate from her past. Seeing Ben, her long lost love, threatens to shatter her intricate illusions. As Ben digs to uncover the truth of who she is, Rebecca must decide if she will trust any man with her wounded heart.
But even if Ben can convince her to admit the truth, how will he be able to trust her love?
A Pinch of Promise is a contemporary Christian romance designed to entertain, inspire, and encourage thought.
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Brooke McKinley has room in her life for only one guy. Her ten-year old son, Danny. From her own father’s betrayal to Danny’s father refusal to take responsibility for his son, Brooke has learned to not rely on anyone—particularly a man—for her wellbeing or happiness. But when Danny’s uncle shows up on her doorstep with the news that Danny is the heir to his now-deceased father’s fortune, Brooke finds her control over her and Danny’s life slipping away.
Lucas Hamilton isn’t surprised his brother never acknowledged his son. A child didn’t fit into the lifestyle he’d chosen. But now that Lucas knows about Danny, he plans to take care of him like his brother should have. What he hadn’t foreseen was the boy’s mother making it clear they didn’t want—or need—his help. Over the years, Lucas has gotten used to living in the shadow of his larger-than-life, adventurous twin brother, but now he finds himself wanting to step out of that shadow to show Brooke that she can count on him.
Determined not to let Lucas have the chance to prove her theory on men correct, Brooke resists the temptation to rely on him for anything. However when she finds more than her theory at risk, will Brooke realize that a change of heart may bring her more than just peace? Will Lucas be able to convince her that sharing responsibility doesn’t mean giving up control? And that she can trust him—not just with Danny but with her heart as well?
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She doesn’t vote. He works for a Senator. Is it a recipe for romance or disaster?
Paige Jackson has always stayed out of politics, leaving it to God to govern the world. She has enough on her plate as the owner of a catering company founded on convictions to buy local, sustainable fare. Jackson Trent works on Capitol Hill for Senator Carson, putting his beliefs in action to help shape national policy.
Hoping to find high-end clients to keep her business afloat, Paige bids on a contract to cater the Senator’s next fundraiser. Shake-ups in the Senator’s staff leave Jackson grudgingly in charge of the event. After Paige is chosen as caterer, she and Jackson must work together despite opposing beliefs on how God calls Christians to participate in government. As Paige introduces Jackson to sustainable fare, it’s not just the food that piques his interest.
When Senator Carson becomes front-page news in Washington, Paige is sucked into the whirlwind of scandal. Can Jackson convince Paige he wasn’t complicit and win her back or has politics burned his chance at love?
Book One in a new series of Contemporary Christian Romance from Elizabeth Maddrey, A Splash of Substance is a heartwarming romance that also provides readers a chance to consider their views on the civic responsibility of Christians and sustainable living in the suburbs.
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