It took a little boy, an injured kitten and an attractive veterinarian to knock down the walls of Tracy’s guarded heart.
Tracy Harris has learned her life’s lessons the hard way. An alcoholic mother who bounced in and out of her life, usually creating chaos and, a fiancee who couldn’t handle her messy family and broke off the engagement. Life was easier if you kept your heart safe and secure. She knows her boss, David Braun, is interested in her but she doesn’t dare open her heart again. That way lies pain and disappointment.
David Braun has been intrigued by Tracy ever since he started at the vet clinic. But she keeps him firmly at arm’s length. Then Kent and the injured kitten he found comes into her life and David sees a softness and protectiveness that calls to his lonely heart.
As the two of them work with Kent they grow closer and their relationship blooms. When Tracy discovers that Kent’s life mirrors her own, she wants to take Kent into her own home and seeks David’s support. And right then, as if on cue, her mother comes stumbling back into her life.
Can David and Tracy put aside their own needs and make the right choice for Kent and themselves?
A Silence in the Heart is a compelling romance about past and present, loss and forgiveness and hard choices.
From the Author
One day a little boy walked into my thoughts. He was wearing ragged clothes, his hair was a tangled mop and he was holding an injured kitten. I wondered what had happened to him and where he found the kitten?
From that came A Silence in the Heart. This is a romance and I know I probably should have started out with the hero and heroine but Kent, the little boy, plays a large part in the story. He’s the catalyst for David and Tracy to spend time together as they try to help him. He helps Tracy lower the barriers she’s placed around her heart after having it broken by a mother who disappointed her once too many times and a ex-fiancee who was ashamed of Tracy’s background. But as Tracy lets David get close she finds out about his previous girlfriend and how perfect she was. And Tracy wonders if she dares let David find out about her own past. And her mother.
A Silence in the Heart was put out previously by Harlequin Love Inspired and when I got the rights back to the story, I updated it and rewrote it to make it fit into my Holmes Crossing setting.
I hope you enjoy reading David and Tracy’s story and your time spent back in Holmes Crossing.
She stole his heart.
He stole her peace.
Can hope steal their pain?
At the age of eighteen, Lacey Carmichael was a wild girl bent on fun, promised to Jack O’Bryen, a straight-and-narrow pastor’s kid bent on the seminary. When her father kicks her out of the house, she runs away from Isle of Hope, turning her back on everything she loves. Now, eight years later, she’s back as a woman of faith, hoping to make amends to the father she defied, the boyfriend she deserted, and the best friend she denied. Only the bridges she’s burned are still smoldering, kindled by an adulterous affair by Jack’s pastor father that damaged his son’s faith. But can a turning of tables—and hearts—lead the way back to “hope” for them all?
About the Author
Julie Lessman is an award-winning author whose tagline of “Passion With a Purpose” not only underscores her intense passion for God and romance, but her staunch advocacy for sexual purity before marriage as well. A lover of all things Irish, she enjoys reading what she writes — close-knit Irish family sagas as well as both historical and contemporary religious and inspirational romance for the sweet and Christian markets. Author of The Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series with Revell Publishing, Julie was named American Christian Fiction Writers 2009 Debut Author of the Year and has garnered 17 Romance Writers of America and other awards. Voted #1 Romance Author of the year in Family Fiction magazine’s 2012 and 2011 Readers Choice Awards, Julie was also named on Booklist’s 2010 Top 10 Inspirational Fiction and Borders Best Fiction list. Her latest novel, Surprised by Love, appeared on Family Fiction magazine’s list of Top Ten Novels of 2014, and her independent novel A Light in the Window is an International Digital Awards winner, a 2013 Readers’ Crown Award winner, and a 2013 Book Buyers Best Award winner. Julie has also written a self-help workbook for writers entitled Romance-ology 101: Writing Romantic Tension for the Sweet and Inspirational Markets. You can contact Julie and read excerpts from her books at www.julielessman.com, or through Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or Pinterest, as well as sign up for her newsletter. Check out Julie’s group blog, The Seekers, Writers Digest 2013, 2014, and 2015 “Best 101 Websites for Writers,” and Julie’s own personal blog, Journal Jots, voted blog of the month in the Readers’ Choice poll of Book Fun Magazine.
In the midnight hours of April 24th, a prophecy fails and its prophet falls.
Pastor Graham Wilcox boldly predicted Jesus would return to earth on April 24th to rapture His faithful. But, when April 25th arrives, the world is the same, except for Wilcox, who is found dead. His gruesome murder rocks the community where Wilcox lived and the families who frequented the small church that he pastored.
To uncover the truth behind the murder, the skeptical Detective Daniel Seitzer must go to the place he dreads most: church. Along with his new, religious partner, Seitzer wades through a myriad of rumors, secrets, and strange connections as well as an astonishing number of people who had motive to kill Wilcox. Is the killer one of the pastor’s own congregants, or a shadowy figure on the periphery of the church connected with a powerful pharmaceutical company?
For Seitzer, a grieving widow, a multi-million-dollar company, and a faithful but broken family, the truth behind the events of April 24th will either set them free or bury those who have been left behind.
Everyone Was Left Behind is the first book of the Strange Gravities series, which explores a the odd events befalling Woodside, New York.
The animals in our lives are often just angels in disguise.
Six-year-old Emily needs a miracle if she’s ever to walk again. Luckily, her protector angel refuses to leave her side. In fact, she comes to Emily as a golden retriever puppy named Lulu, so that she may stay close by as the little girl struggles through recovery.
Emily and Lulu quickly become inseparable, accomplishing together what everyone believed impossible. As the years pass, Emily grows into a strong young woman while Lulu simply grows old. Will Emily lose her angel?
This special tale of friendship is sure to bring comfort and peace to anyone who has ever mourned the loss of a beloved pet.
“A quick yet profoundly beautiful animal-lover read.” ~ IndieReader
From the Author
I wrote this story to help me through the prolonged illness of my favorite pet, Cloud, an African Grey Parrot. He truly saved my life and my daughter’s during my high risk pregnancy. It breaks my heart that he saved us, but we were unable to save him from the fatal illness with which he was born.
One night I woke up in tears, knowing that my precious Cloud’s time had almost come to an end. I immediately thought of my angels and The Pearl Makers universe I’d created. I’ve long believed that the animals who touch our lives are special; this story finally puts that sentiment into words. I hope it will bring peace and acceptance to all those struggling with the death of a dear animal companion.
Even though she isn’t my daughter, my motherly instincts have kicked in… someone took her, and it’s up to me to find out who.
My intuition had been telling me something was off…we shouldn’t have left Ellie there.
If it weren’t for David, Ellie’s MMA fighter dad, who also happens to be my hot fiancé, I wouldn’t even have her in my life. Now she’s GONE, and I’ll do anything in my power to keep her from getting hurt. Even if it means risking my job and my life…AGAIN.
My boss has forbidden me to be involved with this case…he’s sadly mistaken if he thinks I’m just going to sit by and wait for those other incompetent agents to find her.
Time is running out. We have to find Ellie, and we have to find her now…
AUTHOR’S NOTE: This is an exciting clean romantic suspense novella. It is Book 2 in the Innocent & Missing series and would be much better read after The Innocent Fighter. Download now and get ready to curl up and read a good book : )
TV society reporter Alaine Delacroix feels like David facing Goliath when she takes on the biggest corporation in town to keep them from putting her parents’ garden center out of business. Lawyer Forbes Guidry wants nothing more than to stand up for the endangered local-business owners—but it will mean risking his job and crossing his powerful parents. Can Alaine and Forbes make A Case for Love?
The final installment in the Brides of Bonneterre series brings an end to the romantic turbulence in the Guidry family. Dacus again grabs her audience with this lighthearted read and its realistic characters and fun story. – (Jennifer Reyes Romantic Times 20101126)
I have read all of the books in this series and I have to say this is my favorite so far. The author does an excellent job of creating the characters so that you feel like you know them. I greatly enjoy the family as a whole and the fact that you stay in contact with the characters from the previous books. It is a light and enjoyable read while also dealing with real issues in the life of a Christian. I didn’t want to put the book down and definitely recommend it.- (Vick D. Book Bargains and Previews 20110120)
This book was absolutely charming. The main characters have genuine struggles throughout the book and I was intrigued by the business and law elements, which is why I read it. I enjoyed the diversity the author was able to display, with the different cultures and monetary backgrounds. – (Prism A Girl of Many Colors 20110214)
A Case for Love was well worth the read. It reminded me of the much more innocent love stories that I read as a teen. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who just wants a nice, smut-free romance. – (Jennifer Krauskopf Good Reads )
A Case for Love by Kaye Dacus is the third installment of Brides of Bonneterre series. It’s a Christian fiction, but it was written in a way that would not make you feel that this is a Christian-romance fiction. The only thing that distinguish this book with other regular fiction book is that there’s no steamy sex scene and whatnot. Instead, encouragement and the emphasize that God has plan for us all was delicately inserted appropriately throughout the entire story. – (Elizabeth Toh Over A Cuppa Tea )