Focus On Love
by Candee Fick
Published by Bling! Romance
Publication Date February 13, 2018
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Colorado Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-35
Written for: Adults
Free-spirited Elizabeth Foster turned her back on her father's photography business to pursue musical theater, but a career on the stage remains second to a career behind the camera. The possibility of a one-show contract means she's a few weeks from unemployment forcing her home, and her dreams of pursuing professional photography reemerge. With photography and theater opportunities unfolding before her, Elizabeth faces her biggest challenge yet—listening to her heart.
Meanwhile, sought-after photographer Ryan Callahan has put his career on hold to help his sister's family, but the promise of a bigger assignment could lure him away so he can begin building a family of his own. With professional opportunities and personal obligations pulling at him, Ryan faces his toughest challenge—balancing family, relationships, and work.
If given the choice, what dreams would develop for Elizabeth and Ryan? And will they learn to trust each other enough to focus on love?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
I simply loved Focus on Love! It is such a lovely story of faith, love and learning the incredible love that God has for us.
Liz’s dad was a very hard man who wielded his religion as a whip to drive those around him to obedience. His interpretation allowed for rules and more rules and no grace or kindness or mercy. When Liz felt that she couldn’t obey him, he kicked her out of their house (on Christmas day, nonetheless) and out of his life.
Needless to say, Liz had a very skewed view of God and didn’t know anything about His love. Enter Dani, her dear friend from Dance Over Me, and Ryan, the photographer who captures beautiful images and also captures her heart. Through the influence of these two, she begins to see that God takes delight in her and rejoices over her with singing (Zephaniah 3:17 – the theme verse of the book.)
Ryan, as you can see below in the post from the author, is a man who loves God and has sacrificially given himself to help his sister when her husband has been deployed to Afghanistan. He exhibits such Godly traits and you can’t help but admire him.
With a photography theme of the story, I was so impressed with the knowledge of photography and the business of photography that the author showed. From lighting to things to look at when shooting to how to shoot an event or a wedding to post-processing pictures, the details were great (I have done photography professionally to a small degree, so I am aware of these details and the accuracy). The information was not force-fed, it came naturally through the story and enhanced it tremendously.
Guest Post from Candee Fick, Author
Ryan Callahan’s Version of “Should I Stay or Should I Go?”
Today, I’d like to introduce you to award-winning photographer Ryan Callahan. My first question is how did a Montana cowboy like you end up working for the Bricker Communications empire?
Glad to be here. (Tips his hat) My adventure started because of a photo contest I saw advertised in my uncle’s camera shop. The grand prize was a trip to tag along with a famous photographer on a shoot. Well, he looked past my inexperience and eventually lobbied to get me an internship with the company. I’ve since moved up the ladder and my mentor is now the CEO. You could say it all started with a lucky break, but I know it was a God-thing.
So, what brought you to Fort Collins of all places?
My family. (Swallows hard) Last summer when we lost my mom, I took a little time off to spend with my sister and her family. A few months later she called with the news that her husband was deploying. At first I wasn’t sure if I should take another leave of absence or not, except it would be our first Thanksgiving and Christmas without Mom…and she’d be without her husband. Cheryl and her kids are all the family I’ve got left and they needed me.
And now that you’re here…?
At first it was an easy decision to come since I had plenty of money in the bank and was between contracts. But the longer I’m here, the harder it’s getting to stay, especially since I have to keep turning down assignments and my boss wants to know when I’m coming back. As soon as my brother-in-law returns, I’d like to jump on a plane again and take off around the world again. Except, meeting that firecracker actress with a talented trigger finger—Liz—has complicated things.
Complications? How so?
I’m torn. Should I stay or should I go? (Chuckles) Sounds like the makings of a song, but the debate is real. I’ve enjoyed spending time with my sister’s family, but sometimes I’d give anything for a little peace, quiet, and privacy. Right now I’m a father-figure of sorts for my niece and nephew, but I can’t replace their dad and I don’t want their loyalty to shift. I’ve been able to pick up a few jobs around here to earn a little cash, but I’m still worried about my long term career too because whoever’s taking the assignments I’m turning down could end up pushing me out. On the other hand, spending time with Liz has made me remember why I loved photography in the first place, but I can’t help missing the adventure and travel and the great income.
I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place, and I’m the one who put myself here. (Sighs)
Well, I hope you figure it out before it’s too late. (Waves goodbye)
I’ve got a question for the rest of you. Have you ever been pulled between two things? How did you decide which way to go?
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