At the age of fifteen, Chad Feldmann and Winnie McBride made an impulsive choice that led to pregnancy. Now, years later, they’re married. But all is not well in paradise. As much as Winnie... More > loves her daughter, she can’t forget the life she’d expected to be living. Until they got married, it’d seemed to her they were both struggling and making sacrifices to move forward. After the wedding, she can’t see that Chad is doing his part anymore. The more he makes his own dreams come true, the more her resentment grows. Chad blames himself for the reckless choice made when he and Winnie were kids. All he wants now is to build a life with Winnie, but he knows she isn’t happy, knows she’s pulling further from him, and he can’t figure out how to stop the inevitable. They’ve done everything backwards—the baby carriage, then marriage—and somehow he has to remind her that, regardless of all the wrongs committed, one thing has been true for him for as long as he can remember: First came love.< Less
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At the age of fifteen, Chad Feldmann and Winnie McBride made an impulsive choice that led to pregnancy. Now, years later, they’re married. But all is not well in paradise. As much as Winnie... More > loves her daughter, she can’t forget the life she’d expected to be living. Until they got married, it’d seemed to her they were both struggling and making sacrifices to move forward. After the wedding, she can’t see that Chad is doing his part anymore. The more he makes his own dreams come true, the more her resentment grows.
Chad blames himself for the reckless choice made when he and Winnie were kids. All he wants now is to build a life with Winnie, but he knows she isn’t happy, knows she’s pulling further from him, and he can’t figure out how to stop the inevitable. They’ve done everything backwards—the baby carriage, then marriage—and somehow he has to remind her that, regardless of all the wrongs committed, one thing has been true for him for as long as he can remember: First came love.< Less
Nuggets of faith can be passed down as heirlooms from friend to friend, heart to heart, soul-mate to soul-mate. Zoë Rossdale is the clumsy girl who always has her elbows, feet, eyes, and... More > brass-red hair going in the wrong directions. After a lifetime of being evaluated critically—and found wanting—she’s trying to change…until she literally runs into the only man she’s ever gone loopy over. Curt Bertoletti has spent years trying to forget the seriously messed-up Zoë. Even as he vows that he won’t stray again, he can’t help remembering how well they fit together. At the end of the day, Zoë will always be Zoë—the clumsy girl with her dress tucked into her pantyhose, the girl whose idea of falling in love is to stand at the edge of the precipice, throw out her arms and confidently jump into a free-fall. Can they both live with that fact? Forever?< Less
Who is killing the midnight ladies?
Falcon’s Bend is a small, sleepy town in Wisconsin that owns more taverns than churches, but fills both on the appropriate days. Teenagers talk of escape... More > from a one-horse town like Falcon’s Bend because nothing ever seems to happen...until one fateful night when a dancer from the town’s scandalous strip joint is found strangled. It soon becomes clear to Investigators Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent that the close-knit “family” at the nightclub is a bizarre breeding-ground for unbalanced feelings and obsessions. Pete and Danny race to peel away layers of bitterness before another girl falls victim to the dance of death.< Less
Is murder ever justifiable?
Falcon's Bend Police Department Investigator Pete Shasta's brother Jordan is recently divorced and intent on putting his life back together for himself and his daughter. ... More > Jordan discovers that people have moved into the house next door to him and one of them is MaryEmma Gold, who'd lived in the house he now owns when he was a boy. Jordan soon finds that his shy "Marigold" has become an even more withdrawn woman. MaryEmma's sister Shelley sleeps all day and parties all night. Seeing bruises all over MaryEmma's arms, Jordan asks his brother to check into her past. Pete and his partner discover that Shelley's husband died in a fire only a week before they came to Falcon's Bend. Meanwhile, Shelley's new boyfriend is found near the dam, bludgeoned to death. As they uncover murder in the form of a conspiracy, Pete and Danny can't help noticing that Shelley Wilson leaves a trail of dead men behind her wherever she goes...and Jordan may be next.< Less
Love—and murder—is in the air.
Falcon’s Bend Police Department Patrol Officers Amber Carfi and Warren Jensen are partners on the job, and lovers off-duty. The relationship is so... More > new and fragile, neither of them are willing to come out in the open with it. But sometimes love can’t be hidden any more than secrets can be kept…
The nude body of a young woman is discovered in her bed, shot through the heart. Lying between her breasts is a single red rose with an exquisite wedding band. Also at the scene of the crime is a chilling quote: “What is done out of love always takes place beyond good and evil.” In order to find the killer, Lieutenants Pete Shasta and Danny Vincent decide to put Amber undercover. Amber’s assignment goes from dull to deadly when she discovers a murderer harboring romantic notions…< Less
Until death do us part…
Falcon’s Bend Detective Pete Shasta and his wife Lisa are enjoying life with their adopted son. Lisa can’t help seeing the contrast of her own marriage and... More > that of her neighbor’s. Eva Boca has suffered the ravages of cancer for most of her life. While she was sick, she met Jerome and he’d swept her off her feet. Lisa knows there’s something criminal going on. She starts sleuthing and discovers that, not only has Jerome taken out an immense life insurance policy on Eva, but he’s been married twice before…to terminally ill women. But that’s only the beginning. Unexpectedly, Eva is in remission. Will a man who’s been as patient as death become a killer when the goal he’d been waiting to be realized is thwarted?< Less
As a teenager, Justine Morris’s escape from the pressures of caring for her dying father was stolen moments with Joshua Samuels. But their tender, desperate liaison found them facing teen... More > pregnancy. Afraid of their Christian families’ responses to the situation, they married quickly and built a life for their child.
But now that their daughter is ready to fly the nest, Justine can no longer ignore the truth: She and Joshua haven’t had a real marriage for a long time. Maybe they never had one at all.
Joshua is only too aware that his wife is an independent woman who never really needed him. After nearly two decades of marriage, he’s quit trying to get more than a piece of her at a time. Without their daughter holding them together, he knows the chasm between them will grow to epic proportions.
Their empty nest looming, they face the hard questions. Had they married in love…or out of a hasty sense of responsibility? Is it worth the effort…or better to simply let go?< Less
Ashley Savage grew up in a troubled home with a competitive, pampered sister and an abusive mother who played at being a Christian when she needed to...and led Ashley to more addictions than one... More > child could handle. As an adult, Ashley tells herself she's put the extreme fears of the past behind her, but she spends most of her time repairing the crumbling wall holding back the horrors she's not willing to face ever again.
The one man who has the annoying habit of getting through her defenses is Jay Samuels, a military chaplain and soon-to-be pastor. Much as Ashley wants to leave him behind, Jay is ambitious to a fault where she's concerned. He hears only what he wants to hear—and he doesn't want to hear that she doesn't love him as much as he loves her.
But even Jay doesn't realize the extent of all she's buried...and what keeps her from giving herself willingly to the God she knows is drawing her inexorably to Himself, to the one place she can't run, where she can no longer hide...< Less
Thirty-seven-year-old Tamara Wolfe married her childhood sweetheart, Robert, right out of high school and proceeded to have a passel of children who fill her life to capacity. With the last of her... More > children in preschool, Tamara decides to make a business out of her long-time love of creating designer gift baskets. She doesn’t expect Robert to be against it from her first word.
Robert has always prided himself on giving Tamara the option of staying home to raise the children, just as his father did before him. Since birth, it’s been drilled into him that a man who doesn’t provide for his family is the worst kind of loser. Although they’d agreed years before their family was complete, Robert considers that perhaps the cure for Tamara’s restlessness is another baby.
All Tamara wants is a small space of time for herself. Is she being selfish? Or is God leading her to continue being an outdated model of the Proverbs 31 wife--submissive, but never equal?< Less