“Are you ready yet?” George would reply anytime he heard my name.
George, my dad’s Mexican Red-Headed parrot was an endless source of entertainment for us. Despite the fact they are not known to be good talkers, he really was. He had all sorts of phrases he had picked up over the years and good reasons for them.
My dad drove me to school every day. When he was ready to leave, he would call down the hall “Phyllis, are you ready yet?”. Soon, anytime George heard my name, he would reply with the ending he knew best.
We had a Harlequin Great Dane, Appy (short for appaloosa – she was so big she did resemble the horse). The bird quickly learned her name and would repeat it. When my grandpa would hear it, he would reply “Shh! Appy’s sleeping!” So George would mutter to himself “Appy! Shh! Appy’s sleeping!”
One of our favorite learned traits of George’s was that whenever my dad would enter the room, George would sneeze! Can you say “allergies?”
Series: Chapel Cove #3
Publication Date May 5, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Oregon Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 35-60
Written for: Adults
All she ever wanted for herself was to be loved.
At thirteen, Naomi Macnamara and her two best friends each pen a wish list of things they want to achieve. Deciding to bury a tin containing their life goals, the friends vow to unearth the metal box once they’ve all turned forty. But as the decades pass and each girl chases her dreams, the lists are forgotten.
When her beloved aunt’s sudden illness sends Nai back to Chapel Cove days before her fortieth birthday to manage the town’s bookstore, her successful, independent, organized new life in Texas seems a million miles away. Between a book-hoarding aunt, a leaky roof, unruly pets, wobbly faith, and flaky bookstore staff, the last thing she wants is to have to rely on local cop Mateo Rodriguez for help.
Mateo, returned to the Cove to help his aging grandfather, never forgot his first love Nai or the one sweet kiss at sixteen that sent her running. Normally confident and capable, being around each other shoots them both back into their teenage shyness and insecurity.
They'll need to overcome soul-deep hurts, trust in God, and risk being vulnerable enough to accept their second chance at love. Will a crisis bring them together -- or tear them apart?
Welcome to Chapel Cove, Oregon, where life begins at forty.
As their fortieth birthdays loom, three childhood friends return unexpectedly to their home town. Stunning coastline, a harbor against life’s storms, and a welcoming community await them. Hurt by challenges, disappointments, and failures; reminded of their unfulfilled hopes and dreams, they’re offered a fresh start. And, if they’re brave enough to accept it, a second chance at love. Will they allow God to safely anchor them in their hearts’ home, or will doubt and uncertainty drive them to repeat their old mistakes?
Discover this small town filled with love, hope, and faith, in Chapel Cove Romances, a series of sweet and clean standalone Christian stories from three bestselling authors.
Book 1 - Remember Me by Marion Ueckermann Book 2 - Love Me by Alexa Verde Book 3 - Cherish Me by Autumn Macarthur Book 4 - Choose Me by Marion Ueckermann (launching summer 2019) Book 5 - Hold Me by Alexa Verde (launching fall 2019) Book 6 - Marry Me by Autumn Macarthur (launching late fall/early winter 2019) And more stories to come in 2020!
I would like to thank Autumn MacArthur for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Marry Me
Naomi’s Aunt Ivy had collected a mix of pets from the animal shelter, including a parrot who had somehow learned the phrase “Naomi should marry Mateo!” However, having seen her mother making poor choices, she determined to never rely on a man. That was simply out of the question. Wasn’t it?
Mateo was a kind man who had loved Naomi almost as long as he had known her. Driven by his scars, both seen and unseen, to prove his worth to those around him, he was constantly serving and was well loved in the small town. He was also noble in giving up a higher rank in the big city police force and a higher salary when he moved home to care for his aging grandfather. I really liked his dedication and servant heart.
Naomi not only had to learn that it is okay to rely on those around but also that God desires us to rely on Him. Moreover, Mateo needed to learn to surrender the survivor guilt he lived with every day.
The books in this multi-author series intertwine, as the main characters from each are best friends. This did make for an unusual reading as they take place concurrently. An incident where a search party was sent out ended up feeling incomplete due to the reference to the search and no details other than the result. I know this was addressed in another book yet it seemed awkward.
One thing in the book that bugged me, though, having grown up with a parrot I know that they imitate and don’t understand what they are saying. It was when Aunt Ivy’s parrot changed from saying ‘Naomi should marry Mateo” to “Nai should marry Mateo” because Naomi began going by that nickname. That isn’t something a parrot would figure out. I didn’t take away any stars for this but felt compelled to mention it!
Readers who enjoy small town romances, especially those with older couples getting their second chances will want to pick up a copy of this lovely book.