by Jillian Hart
Love Inspired - Steeple Hill Books
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When Karenna’s life plans suddenly change after being jilted at the altar, she takes off driving with no destination in mind when she finds herself in a diner in Washington State and reading a magazine article about Treasure Creek, Alaska. She has no plans, no job, and no fiancé. Even her own mother blames her for her fiancé’s abandonment. Life certainly doesn’t seem fair. Treasure Creek sounds like a wonderful place – and the article says it just happens to be full of churchgoing bachelors with marriage on their minds. What does she have to lose? She’s already lost everything. Trying to escape her nightmare, she decides to head to Treasure Creek, hoping it might just become her dream come true. It ends up being a charming, beautiful community with caring, kind people – except for one bachelor, Gage Parker, who definitely does not have marriage on his mind.
When he drives upon a woman in a torn, muddy wedding dress kicking her car, Gage Parker thinks the worst. His conscious won’t let him leave her stranded. But when all his attempts to pawn her off on someone else fail, he is forced to take her to his home that he shares with his grandmother and his baby nephew. While he is less than pleased, his grandmother and nephew immediately connect with Karenna. Before he knows it, he’s offered Karenna the position of nanny to care for his nephew. She gets grandma to rest, gets Matthew to flourish, and gets under his skin. Will he be able to ignore the surfacing feelings that he thought he’d buried for good?
Despite the fact that he makes it abundantly clear that he’s not interested in a relationship -- he obviously doesn’t want to let anyone close again, not even his family -- Karenna finds herself drawn to him. She can see that he holds a tight rein on his emotions and he habitually wears a frown or scowl to prove it. But she sees past all that and knows there’s more to Gage than meets the eye. She finds herself falling in love with his nephew, grandmother, and the town. Can she keep herself from falling in love with Gage? Will she be able to break down the barriers he’s put up to keep the world at bay and find the man he used to be?
Once again, Jillian Hart has given us a sweet, love story that’s a joy to read. She shows us we can’t let past hurts and betrayals rob us of the blessings that God has in store for us. It’s easy to let love and hope vanish from our dreams and even our day-to-day existence – if we let it. Crawling inside ourselves and hiding from our feelings is not the answer. Listening to God and being willing to step out in faith, however, can heal even the most broken hearted. Thank you, Jillian. Your story entertains our minds and warms our hearts.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
After earning an English degree from Whitman College (what better way to go through college than to constantly read books?), she traveled, worked in advertising, taught Sunday school and volunteered before becoming a writer.
When she's not hard at work on her next story, Jill can be found chatting with a friend, stopping for a café mocha with a book in hand, and spending quiet evenings at home with her family.
If you'd like to know more about Jillian and her books, please visit http://www.jillianhart.net/ .
Some Fun Facts about Jillian
1. What was your very first book that got published?
Last Chance Bride, Harlequin Historicals, March 1998
2. Do you have a favorite Bible verse that encourages you in your writing?
What is important is faith expressing itself in love. Galatians 5:6
3. What's your favorite book or author that you've read in the last six months?
Nora Roberts, Savor The Moment
4. What do you want people to remember most about you?
I pray that I behave and live in a manner that people remember as kind and loving.
5. Is there anything that you'd like to share (humorous or serious) that others might not know about you?
I love puns. I love to laugh. I love to sit out on my porch in the summer and read, read, read.
Thank you, Jillian, for letting us take a quick peek into your life. I love learning new things about authors I love to read.
BOOK GIVE-AWAY! Please feel free to stop and chat with Jillian -- via comments -- as she'll be stopping by a few times this week to check in and answer any questions you might have about her book(s) and writing. By leaving a comment, you'll be automatically entered to win a copy of Klondike Hero, compliments of Jillian. Once again, she's giving away not one, but TWO copies of her book. So, there will be TWO blessed winners receiving this wonderful story. If you're a follower, your comment will get you two entires for a chance to win. Don't forget to leave your e-mail so I can contact the winner. Example: janedoe (at) wherever (dot) com . Drawing to be held on Monday, July 5th!
Happy reading, everyone .... and let's chat!
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