Brooke Martin is a stained-glass artist who fled her hometown of Hayden, Missouri, after she was wrongly accused of having an affair with her high school art teacher, Nick Marcello. Now, ten years later, she accepts a commission to return to Hayden to redesign the stained-glass windows in the city's historic church - only to find that the person who hired her was Nick. He is now a Christian, but that doesn't stop the gossip from starting all over again. The gossip greatly bothers Brooke's family, especially her younger sister who is on the brink of her own scandal. Despite the hypocrisy of many of the church members, as she designs the window panels Brooke begins to see the wonder of God's relationship with mankind. When she comes to the point of surrender to God, she and Nick confess to each other that, although they didn't act on them years ago, they had strong feelings for one another, contributing to the sense of guilt they've suffered all these years. The story unfolds through a marvelous irony of self-sacrifice and love in this wonderful novel adapted from a book of the same name previously published by Harlequin.
Ten years ago, devastated by an ugly scandal, Brooke Martin fled the small town of Hayden to pursue a career as a stained glass artist. Now Brooke has returned on business to discover that some things never change. Her spotted reputation remains. Tongues still wag. And that makes what should be her dream assignment tough. Brooke has been hired to design new stained glass windows at Hayden Bible Church. The job is a career windfall. But Nick Marcello is overseeing the project, and some in the church think Nick and Brookes relationship is not entirely professional--and as before, there is no convincing those people otherwise. In the face of mounting rumors, the two set out to produce the masterpiece Nick has conceived: a brilliant set of windows displaying Gods covenants in the Bible. For Brooke, it is more than a project--it is a journey toward faith. But opposition is heating up. A vicious battle of words and will is about to tax Brookes commitment to the limit. Only this time, she is determined not to run.
Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times best-selling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series. Visit her website at www.terriblackstock.com Facebook: tblackstock Twitter: @terriblackstock
Promising art student Brooke Martin fled Hayden, MO, the day after graduation
when a prominent matron spreads ugly rumors about her and her young teacher,
Nick Marcello. Seven years later, Brooke returns to deal with the ghosts of
her past and to accept a commission to create stained-glass windows for Hayden
Bible Church. When she learns that she will be working with Nick, Brooke
almost flees again. But she decides to stand up for herself this time, without
family support but aware that Nick means more to her than she ever thought
possible. As Brooke catches Nick's enthusiasm for a series of windows
depicting the covenants of the Bible, she also begins to share his passion for
the Lord and starts searching deep within the Bible for answers to her
questions. Only by finding love with the Lord will Brooke be able to find a
love closer to home. Christian suspense novelist Blackstock (Sun Coast
Chronicles) shows how strength found in the Lord can have a profound impact on
a single life and then spread to others who do not even know they are
searching for Him. For all collections. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business
Seasoned Christian suspense novelist Blackstock disappoints with this
run-of-the-mill romance. The second Christian novel this year (Linda Dorrell's
True Believers is the other) to focus on the renovation of a church and, in
particular, the female protagonist's design of its stained glass windows, this
story features a lovestruck pair of artists who are supposed to be offbeat
and tortured, but in fact are ill-defined and bland. Brooke, a 20-something
stained glass artist who, amid scandal, left her hometown immediately after
her high school graduation, comes back to do a job and face the gossips who
drove her away. Unfortunately for readers, the scandal a misinterpreted hug
between student and teacher has no teeth, and it strains credulity to think
that any town, even the caricaturish Hayden, Mo., could make so much of so
little. Also problematic is that the former teacher, who is only six years
Brooke's senior, is motivated to convert her to Christianity mostly because he
wants to marry her, but would never marry an unbeliever. Stereotypes abound,
including a wealthy, almost mechanically mean-spirited villainess and an
Italian family complete with a dead grandfather whose clich d proverbs are
remembered in over-the-top dialect ("You put-a care and-a love into everything
you do, Nicky, and that's-a quality"). Blackstock generates enough interest
in these characters and their predicaments to keep the pages turning, but the
novel's predictable conclusion is telegraphed from the first page. (Oct.)
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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