Tempting Tait by Chautona Havig



MY REVIEW:

I can always count on books by Chautona Havig having a somewhat different approach than most that I read. Tempting Tait is definitely one of those with its unusual approach to marriage. If you have already read Bentley’s story you may have a tiny idea of what Tait’s story has in store for you.

Tait is not the usual romantic hero. Girls are not falling over themselves to date him. In fact the one girl he ever dated (once) married someone else. But Tait is an upstanding guy, one with very strong convictions – and those convictions lead him to make some very interesting choices as he follows what he believes to be God’s plan for his life.

Overall, the tale moves along at a decent pace with plenty of angst as well as humorous moments to keep it interesting. At times Tait’s approach to life can be a little frustrating, but hey, you have to respect a guy who stands up for what he believes. Tait never wavers. A cute story, Tempting Tait also deals with a very serious problem in our country, an issue on which more of us should take a stronger stand. Hopefully readers will be challenged and inspired by Tait’s story.

I voluntarily reviewed a digital copy of this book provided by Celebrate Lit. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.



ABOUT THE BOOK:

Book:  Tempting Tait

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance

Release Date: July 30, 2020

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He chose to be a dad before he realized he’d need a wife, too.

When Tait took in an abandoned girl, he had no idea it would change his life.

Tait Stedtmann–accountant, fledgling do-it-yourselfer, and all-around nice guy. He’d been more than a little interested in Bentley Girard and had finally worked up the courage to ask her out. That was before that fateful day at the rest stop when he saw a girl shoved from a car and abandoned there.

She’s not like any girl he’s ever met, and now she’s given him an ultimatum.  Adopt her baby, or she’ll abort it.

Eden doesn’t think he’ll do it. She can have the abortion and move on with her life–far away from these creepy Christians in Fairbury.  But when Tait agrees, she finds herself keeping her word… and the pregnancy.

Nine months later, Tait is wracked by guilt as relief sets in when Eden leaves and terrified as he decides he can’t do this daddy thing alone. Bentley figured out how to make marriage happen for her.

Would she help him, find someone, too?

Tempting Tait is the second in the Marriages of Conviction series.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

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It’s been ten… maybe fifteen years since Eden Pohl waltzed into my brain and settled in. Despite my focused attention on other books, her taunts never strayed far from my hearing.

If you really believed what you say about abortion, you’d tell my story.

You just don’t want to have to write the messy stuff.

Ouch. Worst of all, she was wrong.  And she wasn’t.

I don’t mind attacking the hard things when it’s the right time, but I only had half a story. I knew what would not happen but not what would.

So, she languished there in what is probably the longest pregnancy in fiction.

After my friend, Sandy, killed my dreams of combining Tait and Bentley’s stories and added Tait’s (and therefore Eden’s) into a series, things clicked.  Duh. Tait would need a wife. Being a single parent is hard. It isn’t how God designed things, you know? We’re supposed to have help.  A spouse, extended family, the church.

But sometimes things don’t work in this fallen world.  Sometimes we find ourselves parents—even by choice—without the daily support of another parent. Not only that, sometimes our own parents aren’t in a position to be able to help. Age, illness, or distance can remove us from the God-given networks we should have and don’t.

Finally, our decisions sometimes cause us to isolate ourselves even from God’s family, and the result can mean we don’t have that help that we otherwise would.

One verse came to mind over and over when I planned out the rest of Tait’s story. 

Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18)

Sometimes the words tried to transform themselves into, “It is not good for a father to be alone, so God will find him a helper parent suitable…”

And I had to silence that voice.

First, because we don’t just change Scripture to suit our purpose. Or rather, we shouldn’t.

Second, because that’s even more out of order than having a baby before marriage.  It happens sometimes—sometimes by choice, as in Tait’s situation. However, the healthiest marriage will usually put a strong emphasis on the marriage relationship first (after the Lord, of course) and then focus on the children.  Why? Because it is best for the children if their parents are in unity. Children find security and strength in knowing their parents love and are committed to each other.

So many times, I started to put that emphasis in the wrong place struggled to get it right. Then one day I realized that this was the very thing I needed to do.  Show that struggle.  I needed to show that Tait’s focus was wrong—that he created problems he could have avoided simply by being a good daddy… but also by being an even better husband.

I hope you’ll enjoy Tait’s story, and I pray that his heart for the unborn will touch your life in a real and tangible way.

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Cultivating Us, August 1
For Him and My Family, August 2
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 3
The Meanderings of a Bookworm, August 3
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Through the Fire blogs, August 7
Daysong Reflections, August 8
Pause for Tales, August 8
She Lives To Read, August 9
Spoken from the Heart, August 9
Artistic Nobody, August 10 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Locks, Hooks and Books, August 10
Lots of Helpers, August 11
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, August 11

GIVEAWAY:

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize package of a paperback copy of Tempting Tait and an original watercolor of “Tait’s Wedding”!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/fe37/tempting-tait-celebration-tour-giveaway

 

 

Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter



MY REVIEW:

Denise Hunter is one of the queens of Christian romance novels. It’s no wonder that some of her books have become Hallmark movies although like most readers I think the books are better! “Sweetbriar Cottage” is probably the most serious book I’ve read by this author but it still managed to hold my attention through each and every page.

The story of a divorced couple who discover they are still married due to a paperwork error, this novel probes the depths of emotion when Noah and Josephine are forced to spend days in close proximity due to a winter storm. Then an even graver situation requires them to rely on each other and personal secrets are revealed that help each of them gain a better understanding of each other.

The author took me through every high and low with her beautifully developed characters. Noah was a near perfect hero but a few negative traits kept him human. Josephine was so in need of encouragement to help her overcome her past – something Noah had never realized. I loved how the couple learned how to depend on each other during such adverse conditions and how that brought them closer together.

This is one of those books that you just have to read for yourself but it is well worth the effort. I will always recommend books by Denise Hunter because she writes about real life situations featuring flawed humans who need each other and a Savior.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Booklook Bloggers. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.



ABOUT THE BOOK:

When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down.

Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. When he confronts Josephine for the first time in months, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married.

Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage—and okay, the botched divorce—was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes.

But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with Josephine is a test of Noah’s endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife—still beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman he’s ever known.

As they find themselves confronted with each other and their shared past, old wounds surface and tempers flare. But when they are forced out into the storm, they must rely on each other in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she’s never been loved unconditionally by anyone—including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine’s heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including “The Convenient Groom” and “A December Bride” which have been made into Hallmark movies. She has appeared on the The 700 club and won awards such as The Holt Medallion Award, The Carol Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking good coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband have three boys and are rapidly approaching an empty nest.

You can learn more about Denise through her website www.DeniseHunterBooks.com or by visiting her FaceBook page at https://www.facebook.com/authordenisehunter

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A Reason To Stay By Kellie Coates Gilbert

A Reason to Stay



MY REVIEW:

Faith Marin is an up-and-coming TV news personality whose ambition drives her life. Her husband is a professional bass fisherman whose lifestyle couldn’t be any more different from Faith’s if he tried. Somehow, the very traits that attracted Faith to Geary in the first place are the ones that seem to be driving a wedge between them. Faith loves her husband but has nearly thrown in the towel on her marriage when a tragic event leaves her fighting for her life.

“A Reason to Stay” is an emotional story that will grab the attention of anyone who has ever struggled in their marriage (and haven’t we all at one time or another?). The narrative moves between the present and the past as Faith seems to reflect on the development of the relationship between Geary and herself. Faith and Geary are both strong characters and Geary in particular was endearing. Maybe Faith isn’t the only one who likes rednecks!

Although often poignant and tense, the story is lightened by several quite humorous scenes that will leave most readers laughing. The story is a brutally honest look at marriage but ends on a high note that should leave its readers with hope. I thoroughly enjoyed “A Reason to Stay” and recommend it and all other books by Kellie Coates Gilbert.

This book was provided for review by
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.



ABOUT THE BOOK:

Sometimes the thing that keeps us from making the wrong choice is the one thing we can’t control

As an investigative reporter and the host of her own TV talk show, Faith Marin works to expose the truth for her viewers. But in her personal life, she’s anchored her world with firm boundaries in order to hide a family history she’d like to forget. By contrast, her husband Geary’s life is an open book. An easygoing pro bass fisherman, Geary is the ultimate family man–and his overbearing relatives don’t know the meaning of boundaries.

Faith and Geary haven’t been married long when their differences start to derail their tender relationship. Surely love shouldn’t be this hard. While Faith considers whether divorce is the only answer to their issues, tragedy strikes. With her life in the balance, she finds that the one she has been shutting out may be the very one she cannot bear to lose.

Kellie Coates Gilbert takes you on an emotional roller coaster as she weaves together unexpected trial, self-discovery, and forgiveness in this profoundly honest portrait of the tensions that can break a marriage–and the ultimate healing power of love.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Kellie Coates GilbertKellie Coates Gilbert is a former legal investigator and trial paralegal and the author of A Woman of Fortune and Where Rivers Part. Gilbert crafts her emotionally charged stories about women in life-changing circumstances in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her husband. Learn more at www.kelliecoatesgilbert.com.

Two Roads Home by Deborah Raney

Two Roads Home



MY REVIEW:

Deborah Raney takes her readers for another visit to the Chicory Inn and the Whitman family where life is not always as calm and serene as first appearance would suggest. In “Two Roads Home” we are brought up-to-date on what is going on at the inn as well as with the rest of Grant and Audrey’s family. 

This volume has a heavy emphasis on Corinne and Jesse Pennington, who with their three daughters seem to be living the perfect life. Alas, everything is not as it seems. Jesse has become increasingly disenchanted with his job and the many hours he is forced to travel and spend away from his family. A false accusation by a coworker drives a wedge of distrust between him and his wife, even as some frightening events take place.

“Two Roads Home” covers some tough subject matter that the author handles very well. The Penningtons’ marital problems and the difficulty Grant and Audrey have balancing their new business with time with their children and grandchildren are hard issues faced by many in today’s world.

Overall, the book was an enjoyable read. I would have liked to see Michaela’s character find some redemption before the end. Just as I was beginning to understand the root of her actions, she was out of the story. Perhaps she will make an appearance in the next book of the series.

Fans of Deborah Raney will certainly enjoy “Two Roads Home”. Although it is the second in the series, it can be easily read as a stand-alone. I would personally advise reading the first book “Home to Chicory Lane” first in order to gain some background on the Whitman family and how the inn came about.

This book was provided for review by LitFuse Publicity.



ABOUT THE BOOK:

What if it’s too late for dreams to come true?

Minor-but-nagging setbacks continue to sour Grant and Audrey Whitman’s initiation into the world of innkeeping, but larger challenges brew when an innocent flirtation leads to big trouble for the Whitmans’ son-in-law, Jesse. Jesse Pennington’s friendly, outgoing personality has always served him well, especially in a career that has earned him and his wife Corinne a very comfortable lifestyle. But Corinne and Jesse are both restless—and for similar reasons, if only they could share those with each other. Instead, too many business trips and trumped-up charges of harassment from a disgruntled coworker threaten their marriage and possibly put their three precious daughters at risk.

With their life in disarray, God is tugging at their hearts to pursue other dreams. Can Corinne and Jesse pick up the pieces of what was once a wonderful life before it all crumbles beneath them?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Deborah RaneyDeborah Raney’s books have won numerous awards, including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. She and her husband, Ken, recently traded small-town life in Kansas—the setting of many of Deborah’s novels—for life in the (relatively) big city of Wichita, where they enjoy gardening, antiquing, movies, and traveling to visit four children and a growing brood of grandchildren who all live much too far away. Visit Deborah on the web at DeborahRaney.com.

Find out more about Deborah at http://deborahraney.com.

 

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The Promise by Dan Walsh & Gary Smalley



MY REVIEW:

“The Promise” is a contemporary Christian novel that takes the reader on an emotional joyride. From high points that include the second honeymoon in Italy to celebrate the recently restored marriage of Jim and Marilyn Anderson to low points as their son Tom’s marriage to Jean is threatened by his lies, this story realistically documents a crucial period in the lives of the Anderson family. With excellent advice from Uncle Henry and the willingness of other characters, especially Jim and Tom, to own their past mistakes, “The Promise” is a novel that illustrates not only what not to do in a marriage but steps that can be taken to restore and heal after mistakes have been made.  I liked the emphasis on turning it all over to God rather than trying to handle it alone.

“The Promise” is like a manual on relationships in novel form written with Dan’s unique style and Gary’s wealth of knowledge and experience. Many situations in the plot could have been drawn from the lives of people who surround us, especially job loss or financial difficulties. The narrative was easily read and would be an excellent gift for those who struggle with any of the problems within its pages. “The Promise” totally lives up to the series name because restoration is the goal and final result. I highly recommend this book.

This book was provided for review by
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.



ABOUT THE BOOK:
The PromiseOne home, two hearts, and the power of a promise kept . . .
For the last five months, Tom Anderson has been without a job, a fact he’s been hiding from his wife Jean–and everyone else. He leaves each morning, pretending nothing has changed, and spends his disheartening day rotating through coffee shops and the library, using their wifi to search job listings online. The stress of keeping this secret is beginning to put serious strain on his marriage.

But Tom’s not the only one hiding something. Jean Anderson has a secret of her own–one that will seriously complicate their situation. Will the promises they made on their wedding day hold firm?

For more information visit HERE.

To read an excerpt click HERE.

Available August 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell,
a division of Baker Publishing Group

What critics are saying about the Restoration Series:

“Readers will definitely come away satisfied and shedding tears at the end.”–Publishers Weekly

 

“Readers will be totally drawn in to [the Andersons’] emotional journey.”–Booklist

 

“Married and engaged couples will benefit from this story that beautifully illustrates the effort–and God’s grace–necessary to bring healing to a marriage and family.”–CBA Retailers+Resources

 

“With sympathetic characters and an uplifting ending, this is sure to please.”–Library Journal

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Dan WalshDan Walsh is the bestselling author of several books, including The Dance with Gary Smalley, The Discovery, and The Reunion. He has won three Carol Awards, and two of his novels were finalists for RT Reviews Inspirational Book of the Year for 2011 and 2012. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Dan served as a pastor for 25 years. He lives with his wife in the Daytona Beach area, where he’s busy researching and writing his next novel.

Gary SmalleyGary Smalley is one of the country’s best-known authors and speakers on family relationships and has appeared on national television programs such as OprahLarry King Live, and TODAY, as well as numerous national radio programs. He is the bestselling and award-winning author or coauthor of many books, including the Baxter Family Redemption series with Karen Kingsbury and The Dance with Dan Walsh. Gary and his wife Norma have been married for 49 years and live in Missouri.