“What’s wrong?” My sister quickly dropped her things on the counter as she peered intently at me, waiting to hear what had me so upset. Hours after I saw the paper, I was still in shock. My high-school teacher had torn it apart because she was opposed to the Christian theme of my term paper, despite the fact I had asked for her approval. I had never gotten such a low grade on anything and I was devastated.
After hearing my tale of woe, my protective older sister immediately grabbed the phone and called my counselor, who had been her counselor three years prior. Grabbing her keys, my term paper and my arm, she hurried to the car so we could talk to Mrs. B. Within a very short period of time, before my mom even got home from work to hear what had happened, I had been transferred out of that class, placed in another and everything was made right. All because my sweet sister was looking out for me, as always.
Though she always reserved the right to pick on me herself, she always stood up for me when others tried to hurt me. I am so thankful for the close relationship we have always had and still look up to her in admiration.
by Melanie D. Snitker
Series: Brides of Clearwater #3
Published by Dallionz Media LLC
Publication Date August 30, 2018
Genres: Clean Romance
Setting: Texas Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34, 35-60
Written for: Adults
From fake relationship to forever love
Wyatt Tabor is feeling the pressure. His wealthy parents won’t support him unless he settles down and commits to the family business, while his ever-patient, loving grandmother longs to see him fall in love and be happy. After a broken engagement, he’s not sure he’s ready to trust someone else with his heart. With Gran’s 90th birthday party coming up, he cooks up a scheme that he hopes will appease his family and give her a drama-free celebration.
Serving up coffee was never Chrissy’s idea of a dream job, but she’ll do whatever it takes to help her sister afford the medication she needs. When a handsome, smooth-talking customer offers to pay her to pose as his girlfriend, she can’t help but say yes. After all, it’s only for one night. What could go wrong?
Wyatt and Chrissy soon realize their feelings for each other are anything but pretend. When family dramas and class differences pull them apart, they must decide whether to walk away, or take a leap of faith and risk everything for love.
I would like to thank Melanie D. Snitker for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.Also in this series: Marrying Mandy, Marrying Raven
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Chrissy, Emma, and their mom had been taking care of each other pretty much Chrissy’s entire life. Because that is what family does. With Emma’s health issues, they had made choices to stick together and pool their limited resources. I loved seeing the closeness of their family and the relationship they had and the way they were so open and honest with each other. No secrets.
In this touching story, Chrissy and Wyatt had known of each other for several months as he came to her coffee shop but they didn’t know each other personally and had never really spoken beyond the placing of his order. So when he asked her out of the blue to be his date for his grandmother’s birthday, she was stunned and quickly declined. I’m so glad that accepting his offer was not something she did right away. Her hesitation made me appreciate and admire her all the more.
Chrissy was very protective of Emma, both her health and her heart. She had sacrificed so much for her sister over the years and didn’t even realize it. To my mind, that is the best kind of sacrifice – the kind that does it and doesn’t dwell on it. The way Jesus told us to not let the right hand know what the left is doing.
Wyatt had a noble dream but it involved going against what his parents expected of him. Despite growing up “privileged” and never experiencing the lack of anything money could buy, he didn’t really care about money.
This was a sweet story.