For Leah Otto, marrying Jude Shetler is a long-held dream come true. As a young girl, she was captivated by his good looks and talent as an auctioneer. When Jude, now a widower with three children, begins to court her, Leah doesn't hesitate. Other men may not appreciate her tomboy ways, but Jude values Leah's practical nature and her skill with the animals she tends, and both enter the marriage with joy and optimism. Three months later, Leah feels as if her world is coming down around her. Her twin teenage step-daughters, Alice and Adeline, are pushing boundaries and taking far too many risks, while five-year-old Stevie deeply misses his mother. Leah, more at ease in a barn tending her goats and chickens than in a kitchen, struggles with her housekeeping duties. Then a baby is abandoned on their doorstep, and Leah must search her soul. Caring for little Betsy fills her with renewed purpose and the strength to begin pulling her family together. With Jude's steadfast support, Leah finds that what she once thought of as a happy ending may be something even better--the beginning of a life rich in love, faith, and unexpected blessings.
Allie, twice widowed, has lost her family's beloved waterfront restaurant. When an old childhood sweetheart offers to help rebuilt it, it seems the flame may reignite, until an old secret emerges.
Since her best friend's death, Laura Reihl has vowed to make each day count. And that means she should probably break off her relationship with Rudy; they've been together for so many years, but she's not feeling the fireworks that mean true love. So when Savilla's widower, Allen, asks her to help him take care of baby Mollie, Laura hopes the change of scenery will help her gain perspective on her relationship with Rudy. Allen blames himself for Savilla's death,for not taking her to the doctor soon enough. As Laura discovers an attraction for Allen, will she deny her feelings... or deny a chance to true love? -- adapted from back cover~Beloved author of Amish Romance, Amy Clipston, returns to Lancaster County and the Reihl family in Room on the Porch Swing, the second in her Amish Homestead series--~ Ever since her best friend died six months ago, Laura Reihl has vowed to make each day count. And that means she should probably break off her relationship with Rudy. They've been together for so many years, and his friendship means the world to her. But she knows friendship doesn't come close to the fireworks of true love, and she's not really feeling the fireworks. So when Savilla's widower, Allen, asks her to help him take care of the baby Savilla left behind, Laura jumps at the chance. Maybe the change of scenery will help her gain perspective on her relationship with Rudy. And she'd do anything to help Allen out--he's always been a good friend to her, and he's Rudy's best friend as well. When she arrives at Allen's house, though, she finds a man she barely recognizes. Allen is distraught over his wife's death, blaming himself for not taking her to the doctor soon enough. As Laura helps Allen work through his grief, she remembers just how easy he is to talk to. And she discovers an attraction she's never felt with Rudy. She can't be falling for Allen, can she? It would be a betrayal to the two people she's care most about, Savilla and Rudy. But if she denies her feelings, is she betraying herself?--
Allie is still recovering from the loss of her family's waterfront restaurant on Florida's Gulf Coast when she loses her second husband to a terrifying highway accident. Joseph has been adrift for many years, wounded in both body and spirit and unable to come to terms with the trauma of his Vietnam War experiences. Just as he resolves to abandon his search for peace and live alone at a remote cabin in the Carolina mountains, he discovers a mother and her two small children lost in the forest. In getting them back to their home in Florida, he returns to his own hometown-- and witnesses the accident that reunites him with his childhood sweetheart, Allie. He offers to help rebuild the restaurant-- but when a secret from the past begins to emerge, will it destroy all hope for their second chance at love? -- adapted from jacket~From the New York Times bestselling author of The Mountain Between Us comes a new, spellbinding story of buried secrets, lost love, and the promise of second chances. Allie is still recovering from the loss of her family's beloved waterfront restaurant on Florida's Gulf Coast when she loses her second husband to a terrifying highway accident. Devastated and losing hope, she shudders to contemplate the future--until a cherished person from her past returns. Joseph has been adrift for many years, wounded in both body and spirit and unable to come to terms with the trauma of his Vietnam War experiences. Just as he resolves to abandon his search for peace and live alone at a remote cabin in the Carolina mountains, he discovers a mother and her two small children lost in the forest. A man of character and strength, he instinctively steps in to help them get back to their home in Florida. There he will return to his own hometown--and witness the accident that launches a bittersweet reunion with his childhood sweetheart, Allie. When Joseph offers to help Allie rebuild her restaurant, it seems the flame may reignite--until a 45-year-old secret from the past begins to emerge, threatening to destroy all hope for their second chance at love. In Send Down the Rain, Charles Martin proves himself to be a storyteller of great wisdom and compassion who bears witness to the dreams we cherish, the struggles we face, and the strengths we must summon when life seems to threaten what we hold most dear--
Chicago celebrity and motivational speaker Charles James is supposed to be dead. Everyone believes he was killed in a fiery plane crash. Thanks to a remarkable twist of fate he's very much alive and well, and ready for a second chance at life. Will he use this opportunity to right some wrongs from his old life and start over the right way this time?