Series: Marriages of Conviction #2
Published by Havilah Press Publications
Publication Date July 8, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
He chose to be a dad before he realized he'd need a wife, too.
When Tait took in an abandoned girl, he had no idea it would change his life.
Tait Stedtmann–accountant, fledgling do-it-yourselfer, and all-around nice guy. He'd been more than a little interested in Bentley Girard and had finally worked up the courage to ask her out. That was before that fateful day at the rest stop when he saw a girl shoved from a car and abandoned there.
She's not like any girl he's ever met, and now she's given him an ultimatum. Adopt her baby, or she'll abort it.
Eden doesn't think he'll do it. She can have the abortion and move on with her life–far away from these creepy Christians in Fairbury. But when Tait agrees, she finds herself keeping her word… and the pregnancy.
Nine months later, Tait is wracked by guilt as relief sets in when Eden leaves and terrified as he decides he can't do this daddy thing alone. Bentley figured out how to make marriage happen for her.
Would she help him, find someone, too?
When Tait gets married, one plus one doesn't equal two, it equals three!
Tempting Tait is the second in the Marriages of Conviction Series.
I would like to thank Celebrate Lit for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Blessing Bentley
Though he was only a new believer, Tait lived his faith. I’m not saying he was perfect – he wasn’t. Yet he had strong convictions that he worked to live out. Every day. Not only did he take Eden, a complete stranger into his house because she was in need and nobody else would, when Eden planned to abort the baby she discovered she was carrying, he was so convinced it was the wrong thing to do, he agreed to pay all her expenses and then adopt the child when it was born.
Who does that?
Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well, keep warm and well fed,” but then does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?”
James 1:15 NIV
I loved that about Tait. I also was so glad the author didn’t make him all out handsome with bulging muscles and … True to form, she didn’t focus on the physical attraction but the beauty of his heart. Ladies, if you want to have reason to swoon over a man, the way they are inside is what you should be looking for! His kindness and determination to do the right thing, even when those around him condemned him made him all the more wonderful in my eyes. And then, the way he adored Eden’s baby, Haven, from the moment he chose to adopt her. Wow!
I’m afraid to say much more – so I don’t give the story away. I will mention that I was caught completely off guard about halfway through by the twist in the story. I went on for chapters expecting the path to head back where I was expecting it to go. And yet it didn’t!
Tempting Tait was not only an enjoyable story, it was also a fascinating look into what could happen when a man chooses to live what he believes – even when it isn’t easy. And one that will make you swoon over the sweet kind of love a daddy has for his little girl.
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It’s been ten… maybe fifteen years since Eden Pohl waltzed into my brain and settled in. Despite my focused attention on other books, her taunts never strayed far from my hearing.
If you really believed what you say about abortion, you’d tell my story.
You just don’t want to have to write the messy stuff.
Ouch. Worst of all, she was wrong. And she wasn’t.
I don’t mind attacking the hard things when it’s the right time, but I only had half a story. I knew what would not happen but not what would.
So, she languished there in what is probably the longest pregnancy in fiction.
After my friend, Sandy, killed my dreams of combining Tait and Bentley’s stories and added Tait’s (and therefore Eden’s) into a series, things clicked. Duh. Tait would need a wife. Being a single parent is hard. It isn’t how God designed things, you know? We’re supposed to have help. A spouse, extended family, the church.
But sometimes things don’t work in this fallen world. Sometimes we find ourselves parents—even by choice—without the daily support of another parent. Not only that, sometimes our own parents aren’t in a position to be able to help. Age, illness, or distance can remove us from the God-given networks we should have and don’t.
Finally, our decisions sometimes cause us to isolate ourselves even from God’s family, and the result can mean we don’t have that help that we otherwise would.
One verse came to mind over and over when I planned out the rest of Tait’s story.
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18)
Sometimes the words tried to transform themselves into, “It is not good for a father to be alone, so God will find him a helper parent suitable…”
And I had to silence that voice.
First, because we don’t just change Scripture to suit our purpose. Or rather, we shouldn’t.
Second, because that’s even more out of order than having a baby before marriage. It happens sometimes—sometimes by choice, as in Tait’s situation. However, the healthiest marriage will usually put a strong emphasis on the marriage relationship first (after the Lord, of course) and then focus on the children. Why? Because it is best for the children if their parents are in unity. Children find security and strength in knowing their parents love and are committed to each other.
So many times, I started to put that emphasis in the wrong place struggled to get it right. Then one day I realized that this was the very thing I needed to do. Show that struggle. I needed to show that Tait’s focus was wrong—that he created problems he could have avoided simply by being a good daddy… but also by being an even better husband.
I hope you’ll enjoy Tait’s story, and I pray that his heart for the unborn will touch your life in a real and tangible way.
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To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away the grand prize package of a paperback copy of Tempting Tait and an original watercolor of “Tait’s Wedding”!!
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