(Crawls off sick bed to post this cos I promised. Advent calender will continue soon i promise. Apologies for typos etc but i'm still incredibly sick.)
Today we have my friend and fellow White Rose author Deila Latham - on the release day of her book. Congrats Delia. :)
Is a little respect too much to ask at a parent’s funeral?
Apparently it is for Destiny May. Clay Gallagher is built like a small mountain and far more vocal than is fitting when he shows up late to her mother’s “going away party.” When it turns out he’s not even at the right funeral, Destiny demands retribution in the form of an escape from the day’s dreary proceedings. Spending time with a handsome stranger who makes her laugh is more therapeutic than fighting with her overbearing family.
Clay finds Destiny beautiful, charming...and intelligent. So why is she stubbornly determined to open a Christian dating service? Clay has little respect for such a frivolous profession, and doesn’t think the small, conservative town of Castle Creek will welcome such a progressive business. But when Destiny is threatened by an anonymous caller who deeply resents her and what she does for a living, Clay makes it his business to keep the saucy redhead out of harm’s way.
Trouble is, spending time in her company weakens his defenses, and Destiny may be the one thing Clay can’t escape...if he even wants to.
Turning up for the wrong funeral is bad enough. Making rude comments about the deceased to a member of the family is the final nail in the coffin—so to speak. It almost seems wrong to laugh out loud whilst reading about the funeral of a much loved mother, but in the opening of this wonderful story, that is exactly what happens. A novel way for hero and heroine to meet, it’s brilliantly handled and suits both characters perfectly.
It doesn’t take long to work out that Destiny and Clay are meant to be together, but Ms. Latham has more than one pitfall, twist and turn awaiting them, as Destiny sets up her Christian dating agency – Solomon’s Gate. Met with opposition from most sides, friends and family alike, Destiny is convinced this ministry is her calling and she pursues it.
Clay propped an ankle on one knee and leaned forward. At least he seemed interested. “Will you open a physical office, or can you make love online?”
Destiny laughed. “Excuse me? What kind of business do you think I’m running?”
Full of wonderful lines such as this, it also contains secondary characters who add vibrancy, humour and suspense to the story. And of course there is Destiny’s guardian angel, which prompts the question, do we all have one?
This is a wonderful opener to Ms. Latham’s new series coming from White Rose Publishing. I’m eagerly awaiting the rest of the series.
DELIA LATHAM is a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. While she considers each of these roles important ones, she treasures most of all her role as a child of the King and an heir to the throne.
A former newspaper staff writer, Delia promised herself a novel for years, while raising her four children, working at various jobs and writing the occasional article, poem, or song. She fulfilled that promise when Vintage Romance Publishing released Goldeneyes in 2008. A Christian historical romance with a touch of the divine, Goldeneyes is set in the farm country of the author’s childhood, and therefore close to her heart. In 2010, White Rose Publishing released Yesterday’s Promise in electronic format, and Destiny’s Dream in print and e-format. A children’s book will be available early in 2011.
Delia grew up in Weedpatch, a tiny agricultural community near Bakersfield, in California’s San Joaquin Valley. She and her husband Johnny recently transplanted from that area to Okmulgee County, Oklahoma.
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Destiny’s Dream is available at White Rose Publishing and Amazon.