Series: Rockland Chronicles
Published by Havilah Press Publications
Publication Date March 31, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Main Character Ages: 35-60, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Life is too short to settle for just anyone.
Grace gave her whole heart to Jesus, but now he wants a part of it. What's a woman to do?
All she ever wanted was to be a homemaker.
Sure, she has a degree in physics. Yes, she could have a lucrative job in Rockland, but Grace Buscher enjoys her life as a single homemaker. As they say, it’s her choice.
As a successful business owner, a handsome guy, and heir to a small fortune, it’s no wonder Nolan Burke is one of Rockland’s most eligible bachelors. The problem is, he hasn’t met anyone who isn’t looking for a “trophy husband.”
Don’t family-centered women exist anymore?
Grace isn’t exactly eye candy. Nolan is a bit blind. So when an “accidental meeting” forges an unlikely friendship, it becomes obvious to everyone that it’s likely to become more.
But is Grace ready to give up the life she loves for the man she loves?
I would like to thank Celebrate Lit, Chautona Havig for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Argosy Junction
I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been reading Chautona Havig’s books for a very long time. Not quite since the first one published but in that time, I’ve read most them. I have read Noble Pursuits, which is the original title of this re-write. And I do remember liking it a lot, though it has been so long I don’t remember much of it. So I was glad for a reason to re-read the story.
The author has a way of writing romance that is sweet and swoony but more about relationships and living the Christian life than about kisses and, well, romance. There is never a reason to be concerned about sharing them with a younger audience. Her stories include a bit of a challenge and always include life-changes for the characters as they learn to walk more closely with the Lord.
I loved the way that Nolan and Grace became friends and that he didn’t even realize how perfect she was for such a long time. Without giving too much away, one of my favorite moments is when Nolan realized how much he cared for her and yet couldn’t conjure up the color of her eyes or hair. He was so attracted to her that her physical appearance wasn’t important.
Grace struggled with wanting to be independent. She loved to give gifts and help others but had a problem with receiving gifts. Nolan was so sweet and spoke truth to her as he exhorted her to allow others the blessing of blessing her.
The misunderstanding that came from a misreferenced Bible verse was pretty funny! Grace’s big brother, Craig, is the epitome of the protective brother and his (over)reaction to a situation was funny, sweet and perfect! The twelve gifts of Christmas, despite being given before Christmas instead of after, were also fun and creative.
If you enjoy Christian fiction with a dash of humor, a pinch of snark, and a touch of romance, I encourage you to read Oh, Gracious!
Wow, My Beloved First Book Was a Hot Mess
On my blog, I sometimes answer readers’ questions, and one of the earliest ones was, “Since you zip out your books so fast, do you ever later wish you had done something differently with them?”
My answer today is the same as back then—usually. No. Yes, I sometimes regret not being able to tell a supporting character’s story because the book has given away that person’s past and/or future. Still, most of the time, I tell the story as I want it.
But in that post about “regrets,” I said that as I learn, I definitely wish to improve sentences here, and others there. I did this already with Argosy Junction, the second book that I published. The first two or three books were experiments where I made many serious mistakes. Took bad advice. Didn’t know the right things to research. All the mistake-ness.
Total transparency here. I chose Argosy Junction to revise first because I made fewer mistakes on it. Still lots, but not as many as my first book, Noble Pursuits.
Bad editing advice, horrible cover design (twice), and just basic writing craft stuff that I didn’t know when I started this whole journey all culminated in a book I both loved (the story) and hated (the final result). Many reviewers said the same thing, too. That poor book has the worst reviews of all of my books combined.
And for good reason.
But it’s a good story—one I love, as I said—and it has some strong fans. Some readers were able to look past the problems and see the heart of what I tried to do with it. And that was a beautiful thing. Those readers, actually, are the ones I’ve rewritten this book for.
Yes, I rewrote Noble Pursuits. While every sentence isn’t completely rewritten, enough are that I considered it a new book, not just a revised one.
A few readers have panicked to see the title changed, the story rewritten. They’ve asked if I took out this or even that. I took out and added nothing that 99.9% of readers would ever notice. And it’s a better book for it.
I am updating the original Noble Pursuits file with the new text. I’m doing this in hopes that those who already own that book can go into their digital content on Amazon and get the updated version. I don’t know if it will work, but I pray it does.
Meanwhile, for those who’ve asked why they can’t buy the first book on my Suggested Reading Order list, well… now you can!
Oh, Gracious! has been a long time coming, but she’s here with a new title, rewritten content, and even a lovely new cover by the brilliantly talented Perry Elizabeth. It took what seems like forever to settle on a title, but we finally did. Why we chose Oh, Gracious! however, is a story for another day.
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Wishful Endings, April 24
Truth and Grace Homeschool, April 25
The Meanderings of a Bookworm, April 25
Inklings and notions, April 26
deb’s Book Review, April 26
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 27
Texas Book-aholic, April 27
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 28
Kat’s Corner Books, April 28
Aryn The Libraryan 📚, April 29
Cultivating us, April 29
Through the Fire Blogs, April 30
For Him and My Family, April 30
Locks, Hooks and Books, May 1
The Collaborative Press, May 1
Connect in Fiction, May 2
Spoken from the Heart, May 2
Read Review Rejoice, May 2
She Lives To Read, May 3
Books I’ve Read, May 3
Emily Yager, May 4
Captive Dreams Window, May 4
Back Porch Reads, May 5
Lots of Helpers, May 6
As He Leads is Joy, May 6
Artistic Nobody, May 7 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)
Pause for Tales, May 7
To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize package of one paperback copy of each of the 3 fully revised novels: Oh, Gracious, Argosy Junction, and Thirty Days Hath…!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.