Friday, July 3, 2015

Splash! 9 Refreshing Romances Filled With Faith

His Perfect Catch by Narelle Atkins

Mia Radcliffe is staying in her cousin's beach house in Sapphire Bay, Australia, to get away from her ex-fiance's latest scandal. Pete McCall is her neighbor and Mia had a crush on him years ago. He is renovating his beach house, but with Mia's uptown ways, he thinks she'd never settle for a guy like him. From the first cup of shared coffee, Mia and Pete find they have more in common than they first thought. Mia is planning to go back to Sydney once things settle down with her ex. She likes the big city and the high paying jobs. Pete plans to stay in Sapphire Bay. When Mia's ex follows her to Sapphire Bay, she must make a decision. Follow her plan to move back to Sydney or follow her heart and stay with Pete? To make the decision even harder, she is offered the position of salon manager in Sydney. Pick up this great inspirational romance to see what happens. Another great story by Narelle Atkins.

Sweet Serenade by Valerie Comer

Base Camp Outfitters, in Riverbend BC, a Canadian town, is looking for a water guide. Carly Thorbergsen applies and gets the job, living with her cousin Brittany. She invites Carly to a church get-together and there she meets Reed Daniels.

Reed Daniels owns a company that offers single and multi-day rafting, kayaking, and canoeing trips, chief competition to Base Camp Outfitters. Reed likes Carly, but he is not going to rush into anything. They both love the water and love God, but Carly feels like she isn't good enough for Reed. When Reed backs off, she feels like he really doesn't like her.

This is a great love story of making sure you've found the one God has picked for you. I loved this story and the great descriptions of the Canadian outdoors.

More Than Friends: The Macleans Book 2 by Autumn Macarthur

Catriona Maclean and Alistair Murray feel they aren't good enough for each other. Cat is compared to a nun, performing works of service. She has spent years being angry, resentful. Her brother has a disability and between the church and her brother, her parents didn't have time for her. She has spent her life doing the right thing, putting her needs behind everybody else's. She works with special needs kids and is planning a church trip to give their caregivers a break. Her helper can't go so she has to call Alistair Murray, the guy she's had feelings for. But he's playing a dating game, a different girl every weekend.

Alistair is totally out of his element with the kids, but he pitches in and does his part. Cat can't imagine where she'd be without his help. They make a good team. But with Cat's past, can they find a future? Her guilt and hurt dictate her actions. Can she let that go? She promised God she would make herself useful by being of service to others, to make up for her shortcomings. Can she learn that God loves her in spite of herself?

Love Flies in by Heidi McCakan

This was a fun, heartwarming romance set in Emerald Cove, Alaska. Tisha McDowell is a sea kayak guide. She receives a letter from her mama wanting her to come home since her dad is sick. However, the past keeps Tisha in Alaska.

Chase Binford is a pilot and runs into Tisha. They used to know each other in college when she would make fun of his faith. CAn Tish show him she has grown and matured? Or will he be gone before he finds out how much she has changed?

Tisha can't be with someone who refuses to forget the past, whether her mother or Chase. But if she forgave them for past mistakes and moved on? We do what we have to do for the ones we love. Forgiveness frees you to love. Grace helps us to see beyond the past. Can Heidi and Chase find a future together?

Testing the Waters Crescent Cove I by Lesley Ann McDaniel

Teresa Reynolds is staying in Crescent Cove Oregon for a while and meets Curt Mason. He has a beach house. He's got everything he could ever want: a job, close to the beach. He is there helping out his cousin. Teresa's ex-boyfriend always put her down and she's trying to get past that. But she wonders who would really like her plain looks. She pretends to be someone else when she meets Curt. Her accent, her story, draw the reader into her life and keep you turning the pages to see how it will turn out. Will Curt see past her attempts at pretending to be someone else? Lilly wants Curt to work on a contest entry about finding love at her Inn. Teresa and Curt go around town doing what tourists would do. Do they find love for themselves? You'll have to read this story to find out.

The Lifeguards, the Swim Team, and Frozen Custard by Carol Moncado

Southwest Missouri. Alivia is a swim team coach/lifeguard. CJ has moved here to take care of his sisters. As they work together, they learn more about each other. He thinks she has spoken to her boss about him and doesn't want things handed to him. Will they be able to work through their past to find their future?

Time and Tide by Lynette Sowell

Karyn Lewis has come home to Pine Breezes Campground. She lost her writing job in New York and has come to help out her aunt and uncle. This is where she spent her summers and where she now feels at home until she can land a new job. She left Chincoteague right after high school and a major accident. Brodie Reed is a name from her past. He is a handyman at the campground. When the secrets come out about the accident that killed Brodie's daughter's mother, can they find a future together or will the past keep them apart?

Karyn is offered another job in New York. Will she be content staying in Chincoteague or will her job separate her and Brodie?

Draw You Near by Jan Thompson

Abilene Dupree is an artist living in Savannah. Lars Cargill tracks her down to find out who a woman is in one of her paintings. As they get to know each other, Lars figures out who is in the painting. Abilene's friend does a background check on Lars and fills her in on who he really is. When Lars' past catches up to him, will Abilene still be in his future? Can Abilene tell Lars who she really is? When her ex-boyfriend shows up, will she choose the life she knew or the life she can have with Lars?

Orphaned Hearts by Marion Ueckermann

Once I started this story, I couldn't put it down. Set in Africa, Simon Hartley is raising his daughter alone after his wife dies. Abigail Chadwick is going to spend one year not being Lady Abigail and work at an orphanage in Africa before marrying. Can Simone finally put his wife to rest and fall in love again? Can Lady Abigail be happy in Africa away from the luxury she is used to?

I enjoyed reading each of these romance stories in this collection set in different locations.

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