About the Book
With three rambunctious, young children, Melanie Lombardi can’t see beyond the day-to-day struggle to maintain her home and her sanity since her husband’s sudden death. A second chance at romance isn’t on her radar.
Brian Perella is done with dating, resigned to being the fun uncle and never the dad. Until he meets Melanie and her brood of lively kids on the sidelines of a Little League game.
But when Brian uncovers a co-worker’s secret, it re-ignites a temptation that Melanie can’t know about. It’s his secret to keep until an unexpected diagnosis brings everything to the surface, jeopardizing his future with Melanie and her children, who, when threatened by an unknown stalker, may need him now more than ever.
About the Author
Carolyn Astfalk lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania where the scent on the morning breeze carries either chocolate or manure depending on wind direction and atmospheric conditions.
A Pittsburgh native, Carolyn carries her Yinzer card with pride, having interned at Pittsburgh’s iconic TV and radio stations KDKA and WDVE. She is a graduate of Duquesne University, where she majored in Latin and Broadcast Journalism.
A cradle Catholic, Carolyn was raised mainly at church basement rummage sales and other parish-sponsored events. She worked her way up to "pup girl" at weekly Bingo and even served as a parish organist for several years. Having reached the apex of parish ministry, she moved to the state capital to advance her churchy career.
Carolyn served as communications director and registered lobbyist for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference for a decade, advocating for religious liberty; prolife, pro-family issues, Catholic education, and healthcare, among others.
Since then, she has been a stay-at-home mom to her four children. Most days she can be found changing diapers, wiping up spills, folding laundry, and tapping furiously on her laptop.
Carolyn is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild, Pennwriters, the Pennsylvania Public Relations Society, and 10 Minute Novelists.
Author Carolyn Astfalk has written a book that has all the feels and at times can be hard to read because of the tough subjects discussed within its pages. There is a lot going on in the story, including the struggle of being a single mom of three kids, temptations and continuing to overcome addiction, unexpected health challenges, falling in love, and even a bit of suspense to add into the mix. Astfalk addresses these difficult subjects that aren’t easy to bring up, especially in Christian fiction, but she does so beautifully. This story is about struggles, but it’s also about trusting in God and the power to overcome them. A beautiful, touching, and thought provoking story that is an excellent addition to Christian fiction.
Genre: contemporary, romance, Christian
Publisher: Multa Verba
Publication date: October 22, 2019
Number of pages: 385
A review copy of this book was provided by JustRead Publicity Tours. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
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