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A Second Chance for Grace by Karen Malley

  Blurb: A new life coming into the world disrupts Susan's quiet life ... Susan Montgomery is used to a quiet, peaceful life managing her apartment building, where the hardest problem is her grouchy neighbor's leaky faucet. She soon finds herself dealing with a pregnant teenage niece, a mysterious briefcase left behind by a tenant, and two very different men vying for her heart. A near-death experience gives Mac a new outlook on life ... Christopher "Mac" MacAllister is trying to figure out how to "do the Christian thing." As a new convert, he's drawn to Susan's love for life and for God. She's nothing like the women he used to date; but can Mac compete with the guy who's come out of nowhere and knows all the right things to say? Excerpt: “My point is, a month ago, I wouldn’t have wanted to be sitting here drinking coffee with you. I mean…” Susan’s blush came on full force now. “Wait. That didn’t come out right.”             “I get
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