A sweet marriage-of-convenience story set in the lavish homes of1901 Rhode Island. Melinda Hollister's sister and Nick Bryson's brother tragically die in a train wreck, leaving behind three-year-old daughter Nell. Much to Melinda's surprise, she and Nick become co-guardians of the child. The three of them spend July and August at Summerhill, a ...
A sweet marriage-of-convenience story set in the lavish homes of1901 Rhode Island. Melinda Hollister's sister and Nick Bryson's brother tragically die in a train wreck, leaving behind three-year-old daughter Nell. Much to Melinda's surprise, she and Nick become co-guardians of the child. The three of them spend July and August at Summerhill, a seaside mansion inNewport, Rhode Island, where they try to get better acquainted and work out a solution to their dilemma with the help of missionary friends. Though neither loves the other, Melinda and Nick marry to provide a stable home for Nell. But when Nell is kidnapped, they put aside their differences to search for her. Their emerging feelings for each other soon strengthen as they focus their attention on the rescued child they mutually adore. Although Melinda and Nick are both Christians, they've never before taken the Bible as a serious guidebook for their lives. But now they admit they love each other and that their love is based "on the Book." Following principles written in the Bible they've both learned to put each other's needs ahead of their own."Let no man seek his own good, but the good of every other man." Accepting this precept gives them much more in common and the hope of apassionate future grounded in mutual love."
Publishers Weekly, 2011-05-16 Inspirational fiction author James (Love on a Dime) returns to offer her love-struck fans another romance, this one featuring the pampered Melinda Hollister and her deceased sister's dashing brother-in-law, the bachelor Nick Bryson. Melinda is rather spoiled and fun-loving, while Nick is overly somber and serious. The two have nothing in common except for a grand devotion to their orphaned niece, three-year-old Nell. As co-guardians, the two must find a way to overcome their disagreements for the sake of Nell; overcome they do, by agreeing to marry for the sake of convenience. That's not exactly the happy ending either of them envisions, as scheming relatives and money problems threaten their union from the start. James does a tidy job of writing characters who are believable and whose circumstances are plausible; her growing fan base won't be disappointed, even if there isn't a great deal of depth in the story itself. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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