Finding Peace by Melanie D. Snitker – Excerpt

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Finding Peace by Melanie D. Snitker – Excerpt

Finding Peace

by Melanie D. Snitker

Series: Love's Compass #1
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Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date December 31, 2014
Genres: Clean Romance
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 220


Police Officer Tuck Chandler is good at his job. He's also good at holding women at arm's length. Jilted by his fiancee for his dedication to his job, he's not about to open himself up to hurt like that again. Laurie Blake is a struggling photographer. After growing up in a wealthy family, she's determined to make it on her own, even if it means doing it the hard way. When Tuck is assigned to a puzzling burglary involving Laurie's fledgling photography business, he goes into it with his usual perseverance. He wants to help her - if she'll let him. As the case unfolds and the mystery deepens, another question arises. Will the past get in the way of their future?

Also in this series: Finding Grace

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It has been three years since I read this book. At that time I posted this short review on Goodreads:

Though the plot was good and I liked the characters, it didn’t have that quality that causes me to just fall into a book. I think it may have been slightly stilted writing?

This is the only book by Melanie D. Snitker that I have not given at least 4 stars to. It was a good book, just not her best. And at 3 stars, it is worth spending the time to read.


“Look. I wanted to apologize for yesterday.”

Of all the things Tuck might have said, that was not what Laurie had expected. “That isn’t necessary.”

Tuck stopped walking and touched her elbow. “I think that it is. I know my comment about us being friends bothered you. Which was the last thing I wanted.”

“It was silly of me to take offense at what you said. There’s nothing to apologize for.”

“I don’t think anything about you is silly.”

Tuck’s expression was open, and she just wished she knew what he was thinking. She took in a deep breath to steady her nerves. “I had the impression… Or at least I thought…” Closing her eyes, she tried to form the right words and work up the courage to let them pass her lips. “I thought there might have been something there. Because of that, I took what you said way too personally. I was wrong and I’m sorry about that.”
Feeling incredibly uncomfortable, she started down the path again. After only a couple of steps, she felt his strong hand gently hold her arm and tug her to a stop. She pivoted around and sought his eyes for an explanation.

“You weren’t wrong.”

The intensity in his gaze warmed her from the inside out. “I wasn’t?” Her words were breathless as she spoke them.

Tuck collected the strands of her hair that were blowing freely in the breeze and deposited them behind her ear. “Look, I had a relationship in the past that fell apart because of my job. It really did a number on my confidence.”

“What happened?”

They walked side by side as he told her about Jana and how much she had come to resent the interruptions his job brought to their lives.

He shrugged. “What kind of guy doesn’t know his fiancée is unhappy enough to cancel their engagement?”

“A guy whose fiancée isn’t honest with him?”

“I wish it were as simple as that.” He kicked a dirt clod with the toe of his boot and it tumbled down the slight embankment and into the pond.

Laurie stopped their progress. Ducks swam by and she watched as the ripples from their movement traveled across the surface of the pond. “It never is. Look, even if it was all your fault, are you really supposed to torture yourself over it for the rest of your life?”

“I was actually okay with that. Until my issues started to affect someone else I’m beginning to care about.”

Her breath caught as his gaze slowly explored her face and settled on her lips.


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About Melanie D. Snitker

Melanie D. Snitker has enjoyed writing fiction for as long as she can remember. She started out creating episodes of cartoon shows she wanted to see as a child, and her love of writing grew from there. She and her husband live in Texas with their two children, who keep their lives full of adventure, and two dogs, who add a dash of mischief to the family dynamics. In her spare time, Melanie enjoys photography, reading, crocheting, baking, and hanging out with family and friends.

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