Contemporary Inspirational Romance
Contemporary Inspirational Romance
Steeple Hill – Love Inspired #593, October 2010
ISBN 0373876297, 250 Pages, $5.50
False accusations by a former student haunt Rachel
Clark, the new director of the Northcoast Christian Youth
Theater. Seeking to make a fresh start in Fairhaven, she
rents space for her group from an artists’ cooperative
led by handsome frame shop owner Cameron McKenna. To keep
his financially strapped co-op afloat, Cam agrees to include
Rachel’s program, but he’s not sure he can trust
the beautiful director, especially when past secrets come
to light. Then Cam must temporarily care for his fourteen-year-old
niece, and he needs Rachel’s advice. Will he risk his
heart and his future to help Rachel save the youth theater
program and rebuild her reputation?
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By Kara Grant, November 2011
"This book had my full attention from the first chapter and then I couldn’t put it down. Rachel Clark is a drama teacher looking to make a fresh start and from the moment she meets Cam McKenna there is tension and determination from them both. Cam lost his wife and son in a car accident years ago and continues to blame himself for their deaths. Even though he has recovered from the devastation he is fierce and overly protective of his business. He has no intention of allowing Rachel, the new Christian Youth theater director, to take over the auditorium with kids and young adults to carry out their summer drama program. The more he intends to stay away from her the more he ends up getting to know her. Then his niece is sent to stay the summer with him and Rachel steps in to help. Once a friendship starts between them, they develop respect and understanding for one another that turns into trust.
Can Rachel really outrun her past with this new opportunity or will she be forced to confront the very circumstance that caused her to resign and relocate? Will Cam be able to find his faith again after dealing with such a tragic loss? And what about Melanie, the woman who has a crush on Cam and continues to challenge Rachel?
I absolutely loved this book from beginning to end and I cried my heart out at the end. One of my favorite scenes in this story is when Cam bravely goes back to church after turning his back on God and the message that morning is about the prodigal son, so appropriate! He is so moved by it that it completely changes his outlook and deepens his walk with God once again. I would have thought this wasn’t possible in reality, but I have witnessed this happening in church a lot this year. There are so many broken people riddled with guilt and bitterness and one visit to church gives God the chance to reach out to comfort and love them on the spot as they need to be. I was able to connect with the characters in this story as if I was there with them and the romance was not forced or unrealistic. I also loved the themes of forgiveness and redemption; they were illustrated so well by Turansky that I was completely moved more than once in the story. Lately there are so many stories of teachers, both men and women, who are found guilty of having sexual encounters with their students. It’s both sad and disgusting. What we don’t hear about is that there are several teachers who are dedicated, professional, trustworthy leaders who work hard and often go unrecognized. I believe this story gives a great example of these sorts of teachers with Rachel and her commitment to let her students shine. I highly recommend Seeking His Love to anyone wanting an easy read, with a big dose of God’s love, and a cast of characters that feel like friends."
Contemporary romance at its best!
"I am primarily a historical romance reader, but its contemporary authors like Carrie Turansky who go a long way in changing my mind. Talk about a love-at-first-read novel that has everything romance readers want—an engaging heroine with something to hide, a handsome hero hardened by his past, and a cast of characters so real they could be plucked from our own lives. In a refreshing story of faith, hope and unexpected love, Ms. Turansky captures readers with flesh-and-blood characters and a well-woven plot that both touch the heart and stir the soul, lingering there well beyond the last page."
— Julie Lessman, author of A Passion Most Pure and A Hope Undaunted
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SEEKING HIS LOVE takes place in Fairhaven,
the unique historic section of Bellingham, Washington. It
is located in the far northwest corner of the state on Bellingham
Bay, which is part of Puget Sound. Fairhaven is about 90
miles north of Seattle and 50 miles south of the Canadian
border, near the beautiful San Juan Islands. Ferries to Victoria,
British Columbia, the San Juan Islands, and Alaska depart
from Fairhaven each week. The community takes pride in its
history, and the Old Fairhaven Association sponsors several
events each year to promote Fairhaven as a community while
preserving its historic character.
I included many Fairhaven businesses,
events, and sites in the story: The Taylor Dock, South
Bay Trail, Fairhaven Village Green, Village Books, The
Colophon Café, Katie’s
Cupcakes, The WPA Bridge over Whatcom Falls, The Ski to Sea
Race and Fairhaven Festival. Of course, some of the settings
and businesses are fictional, such as the The Northcoast
Christian Youth Theater and the Fairhaven Art Center and
Cooperative, but that type of group would definitely feel
at home in Fairhaven.
I enjoyed researching Fairhaven! I hope
if you are in the NW you will stop in and visit our friends
there. Here is a link to what’s happening in Fairhaven:
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Seeking His Love Recipes
4 1/4 Cup Bread Flour
1 1/4 Cup water
1/2 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup butter softened
1 1/2 tsp Salt
2 Packets Active Dry Yeast
1/4 Cup Butter, melted
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Tbs. Cinnamon
Powder Sugar Glaze:
1 1/4 Cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. Vanilla
2 Tbs. Light cream or milk – just enough to make a
Directions: Add ingredients to the baking pan and follow
Bread machine directions for dough setting. When the dough
is ready, roll it out on a floured piece of waxed paper,
creating a rectangle about 10 x 18 inches. Spread the melted
butter over the dough. Spread the brown sugar over the butter
and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Roll up jellyroll style and pinch the edges to seal. Slice
into 12 rolls about 1 1/2 inches each. Arrange dough pieces,
cut side up, in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Cover loosely
with a towel and let rise in a warm place until nearly doubled,
about 45 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 - 35 minutes
or until light brown. Drizzle with glaze and serve warm.
Makes 12 rolls.