Happy Wednesday, dear readers! Continuing until October 28th (culminating with a list of winners), I have the privilege of featuring all of the 2021 The Christy Award Finalists! Today I’m featuring Becky Wade and her contemporary romance Christy Award finalist book Stay With Me! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE.
STAY WITH ME
SERIES: A Misty River Romance #1
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: May 5, 2020
Winner of the Romance Category of the Kipp Book Award
Loving her is a risk he can’t afford . . . and can’t resist.
When acclaimed Bible study author Genevieve Woodward receives an anonymous letter referencing her parents’ past, she returns to her hometown in the Blue Ridge Mountains to chase down her family’s secret. However, it’s Genevieve’s own secret that catches up to her when Sam Turner, owner of a historic farm, uncovers the source of shame she’s worked so hard to hide.
Sam has embraced his sorrow, his isolation, and his identity as an outsider. He’s spent years carving out both career success and peace of mind. The last thing he wants is to rent the cottage on his property to a woman whose struggles stir his worst failure back to life. Yet can he bear to turn her away right when she needs him most?
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Eighteen years had come and gone, and here she was, still grappling with the ramifications of what had happened to her. The bad. And the extraordinary. She’d done the hard work necessary to heal when she was a child, and again more recently with Dr. Quinley. Yet nothing could change the fact that she’d been marked by disaster. The earthquake was part of her story. So was her phenomenal God, whom she’d been unable to find for months now.
Pressure built behind her eyes. Silently, she willed the tears not to come. Not here, in the coffee aisle, in front of Sam, who was reliable in a way she respected and practical in a way she trusted.
Sam moved forward, shrinking the space between them.
She pulled a rough breath inward. What was he–
He pushed his hands into her hair and kissed her.
His mouth was gentle and conquering at the same time. He smelled like an Australian summer and he kissed the way a maestro leads an orchestra. Her brain cartwheeled with surprised joy. She placed her palms on his chest and felt his heat and taut strength.
The kiss tasted like destiny… as if she’d been waiting, without knowing she’d been waiting. For him. For this. It felt more right than anything had felt in forever and a day.
Her body soared to life–
A deep, rusty chuckle intruded on her bliss.
She and Sam stepped apart, looking to the source of the sound.
An eighty-something man smiled at them good-naturedly, furrows creasing his skin. “I’m laughing at myself, not you, because see, if I didn’t depend so much on my coffee, I would’ve turned right around when I saw you two, and gone a different direction. But I depend on my coffee something terrible. Please excuse the interruption.”
“No.” A blush rolled up her cheeks. “Please excuse us.”
She and Sam moved away from one another to give him access, Sam on one side of the gentleman and she on the other.
The older man poured beans into a brown sack. “I sure do love my vanilla flavored French roast. I’m very loyal to it.” He dumped the beans into the grinder, positioned his sack below the chute, and flicked the machine on.
Bravely, she glanced at Sam. He stared back, his eyes unusually bright. His cheeks were flushed, and he looked painfully irresistible.
Her focus skittered back to the coffee grinder. The delicious scent of vanilla coffee beans enveloped her. “I’ll need to get myself some of that flavor,” she said, meaning it. If that vanilla coffee could keep the sensory details of their kiss alive in their memory, she’d drink five cups of it a day.
Becky Wade, Stay With Me
Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, © 2020. Used by permission.
Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas with their three children and one Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She loves writing emotional Christian contemporary romances laced with mystery! She’s the Christy and Carol award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, the Bradford Sisters series, and the Misty River Romance series.
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What about you? What makes you want to read the contemporary romance Christy Award finalist Stay With Me by Becky Wade? Or, if you’ve read it already (I did!), what did you love about it?