I’ve read most of Jill’s Christian romance books (here are my reviews of A Home for her Daughter, A Father for Bella, and A Mother for His Twins). By day, Jill Weatherholt works for the City of Charlotte. At night and weekends, she writes contemporary stories about love, faith and forgiveness for Harlequin Love Inspired. So often, they are what I need in this difficult world.
A Dream of Family, which publishes today, June 29, 2021, was exactly that. As Jill always does, this book subtly mixes spirituality with the everyday world, as though faith is a tool in life’s toolbox, available to ease life’s challenges and solve its problems.
Within the first two pages, I met a young red-headed book store owner named Molly, the hunky owner of the coffee shop next door named Derek, and a rambunctious chocolate shepherd puppy that couldn’t be any cuter. Does it get any better? Molly is struggling to keep what had been her dream of a successful bookstore afloat when Derek wanders into her store. She hasn’t seen him since he was part of why her fiancée left her at the alter. She and Derek parted on the worst of terms but Molly is desperate to make her store a success, not for the money but because it would mean she can adopt six-year-old girl Grace. When Derek offers his business assistance, Molly accepts even though she has secrets she will never share. But can she trust him if it means getting the family she’s always wanted?
Besides being a delightful romance, the book includes great tips on running a business or rejuvenating a flagging one, ideas like checking out the competition and using technology to spread the word. Plus, there are valuable tips for writers, such as:
“…Don’t compare yourself to others. This is your journey and yours alone.”
No spoilers on how that blends into the story but it is exciting.
Overall a satisfying read with positive uplifting characters and storylines.
Note: I received an ARC of this book with the agreement that I would share my honest opinions with my reading community.
Where to buy:
As of June 29th, 2021: Amazon
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.