For the Love of Joy
Series: Coastal Hearts #5
Published by Southern Sun Press LLC
Publication Date January 1, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Georgia Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Is he married or isn’t he?
Years ago, a Dear John letter and then an IED explosion overseas rocked Davis Donnelly’s world and left him unclear about his marital status. He’d signed divorce papers, but broken mentally and physically, he’d never bothered to find out if his marriage actually ended. Now that he’s about to start a new position as an outreach minister, it’s time to settle things once and for all. At the moment he tracks down his wife—or former wife?—she takes a tumble while chasing a little boy. Her son. And that’s when life flips upside down.
Joy Jennings Donnelly made her share of mistakes. But one thing she never considered a mistake was her child, and she’ll do anything to protect him. Even keep his paternity a secret.
When she’s suddenly injured with not a soul to help her or her son, Joy is forced to rely on the man who has the most reasons to hate her.
I would like to thank Janet W. Ferguson for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: The Art of Rivers, Star Rising
There is so much to love about For the Love of Joy!
Loveable main characters? Check
Compelling plot? Check
Cute toddler? Check
Witty dialog? Check
Strong faith message? Check and check!
I knew when first introduced to Davis in earlier books in the Coastal Hearts series that I wanted to know more about him. This man with the broken past, hope for the future, a heart for ministry, and amusing Southernisms in his speech captivated my interest. I didn’t even realize, though, that this was going to be his story. I simply saw that it was by Janet Ferguson and knew I had to read it. So imagine my delight!
And my surprise! Davis had been married? He was in the army? What? Huh? (Remember, I didn’t read the synopsis – I just grabbed the book.) Despite the strong faith he has exhibited in the past, he still had areas that needed refining – like most of us. And forgiveness doesn’t come easily for one who has been betrayed by the person they loved most in the world.
Joy was so broken! Desperate to do whatever she could for her son, overwhelmed by work and school, she was about to be crushed by the pressure she was under. She couldn’t seek help from her family – her mother had already made it clear that Joy had made her bed and now she had to sleep in it. And her mother had convinced Joy that there was no redemption for a woman like her…
What a kind and loving Savior we have! When Davis swept Joy away to the coast to recover, she could hardly believe the many ways he had changed. Surrounded by his Christian friends, she began to understand that God is not the uncaring ogre she grew up believing Him to be. And learned that He is kind and loving and forgiving.
I really enjoyed this wonderful story. While I would have liked to have learned more about what happened in Mississippi, the story didn’t need those details to be spelled out. If you enjoy Christian romance, you won’t want to miss For the Love of Joy or any of the books in the Coastal Hearts series!