Mom has been busy writing and editing for others and hasn’t snuggled up with me with a good book for some time. And yes, I write that to make her feel guilty. She’s always had a liking for Regency romances and to find good Christian ones is even harder. She stumbled upon A Match for Melissa by Susan Karsten and loved this sweet story.
Melissa Southwood is the daughter of an ambitious social-climbing father who wants to sell her off in exchange for a title. It’s his fondest dream. Melissa has dreams of her own, triggered even more so by finding a handsome man in a ditch. But before she could get to know him, she’s whisked back to London to be wooed by someone else.
She wants a man who is a believer and she’s not too sure about this one. When Mark, the man she rescued, shows up in town she finds herself drawn to him. Her father’s mind is set. One aristocrat desperate for money is soon pitted against another with a damaging past who has recently come to know God. Which one will win? How can she get her stubborn father to see reason?
Add in Mark’s aunt, a widow with charms of her own, and meddling relatives of Mark bent on acquiring a fortune by foul means, and you have a complicated but sweet romance that will leave you smiling with her happily-ever-after ending.
The great news is this is the first book in a series of three in the Honor’s Point Series, so we can look forward to more sweet, clean, Regencies from this fabulous new author.
I give this book five bones! Another inspirational Regency author on the scene is always to be celebrated.
Spatzle Baganz, book reviewer for the silygoos blog because that’s how we roll.
This is a tiny excerpt from my current work in progress, Salsa and Speedbumps, a contemporary romance set in the Northwest Suburbs of Milwaukee, Wisconsin against the backdrop of a viable faith community (aka “church”).
Rachel finds that one private sin has a ripple effect and the opportunity to wreak havoc on so many lives including her own. Can God bring something beautiful out of the chaos?
I admit is unfair to share something with you that is so far from publication. I have three other fiction manuscripts that are further along in the revision process and this one is not even finished! But it was too sweet to not share because it makes me smile and ask, “Did I really write that?” To be honest, my characters just simply “take over” the writing of the story and I just dictate.
Enjoy. . .
“Christmas is just around the corner.”
“Really? I hadn’t noticed, Rob.”
“Come on, Rachel, I didn’t do too badly with the getting a tree up and decorated.”
“You did a fine job. Much better than I could have managed with my bulging belliny getting in the way.”
“I happen to be fond of that bulging belly. Reminds me of Santa Claus.”
“Very funny.” She snuggled up to Robbie’s side. “If you had a wish for Christmas, what would it be?”
“That forty years from now I would be as in love with you as I am today.”
Rachel smiled. “I like that.”
“Did you have Christmas wish?”
“Mine isn’t big enough.”
“What was it?”
“Really? You will laugh at me.”
“Really, I want to know.”
“I want a puppy.”
“Yes, a puppy.”
“We may need to wait awhile for that one. Dogs are not allowed on our lease.”
“I know, but you asked. Wishes don’t have to be realistic.”
“No, they don’t. How about I lick your face and pant in your ear. Will that do in the meantime?”
Rachel grinned and gave her husband a kiss, “Oh, that will do.”