Title: Shelter from the Storm
Author: Patricia Davids
Harlequin Imprint: Love Inspired
An Amish marriage of convenience
A new North Country Amish novel
Secretly pregnant and unwed, Gemma Lapp has a difficult choice—face her Amish community or raise her baby alone. But when a storm strands Gemma in the wilderness with her former crush, Jesse Crump, she knows her secret won’t be safe for long. Gemma can’t imagine trusting a man again…until Jesse proposes a marriage of convenience. Could their arrangement lead to love?
Such a sweet story!
I really enjoyed Jesse and Gemma’s story! (Though it’s a bit disconcerting to find out that the Amish can be just as gossipy and catty as the general population–OMG, that scene after the first Sunday service after Gemma asks for and receives forgiveness? Brutal…though it made me love Jesse even more, because like whoa. [fans self]) It’s a sweet stranded by the storm/friends-to-lovers/marriage of convenience story that ends up really tugging at the reader’s heartstrings by the novel’s end. Seriously, have a box of tissues handy for the last third or so of the book–it’s really something.
Somehow I missed the first book in the series ( An Amish Wife for Christmas ) but this worked just fine as a standalone, too–the remote location of this community (I’ve been to Maine, but never anywhere near that far north!) has me wanting to read all the books and I was really excited to see in Ms. Davids’ author note that she has 8 planned. I can’t wait to read them all!
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
About the author:
USA Today Bestselling author Patricia Davids grew up on a Kansas farm with four brothers. After college she began a wonderful career as a nurse. In 1973 Pat wrote a letter to a lonely sailor. Little did she know her talent with words would bring her love, marriage and motherhood.
An avid reader, Pat longed to write a book, but put her dream on hold as she raised a family and worked in an NICU. It wasn’t until 1996 that she began writing seriously. Today, Pat enjoys crafting emotionally satisfying romances where love and faith bring two people together forever.
Title: A Man You Can Trust
Author: Jo McNally
Harlequin Imprint: Special Edition
She doesn’t need a man…
But she could use a friend
When the new director of security, Nick West, arrives at Gallant Lake Resort, Cassie Smith’s carefully protected life is turned upside down. The handsome ex-cop insists on teaching her self-defense, and as Cassie learns she can indeed make it on her own, she starts wondering if she wants to! But when Cassie’s safety is threatened, she must choose: continue running from her past…or take a stand for a brighter future.
About the author:
I write the same kind of romances I like to read – stories about people facing real-life challenges with real-life consequences. The stories are emotional and character-driven.
I live in coastal North Carolina with 100 pounds of dog and 200 pounds of husband – my slice of the bed is very small. When I’m not writing or reading romance novels (or clinging to the edge of the bed…), I can often be found on the back porch sipping wine with friends while listening to great music. If the weather is absolutely perfect, I might join my husband on the golf course, where I always feel far more competitive than my actual skill-level would suggest.
Jo McNally – Writing Stories of Forever Love