Daphne Ballinger has learned to accept her deceased, eccentric aunts strange request that she marry in order to inherit her estate, along with taking over her aunts hometown papers advice column.
But knowing and accepting that Gods will be done becomes harder when a new neighbor, a divorced socialite, learns of Daphnes predicament and takes on the task of finding her the perfect man, even if it includes speed dating. When God does open Daphnes heart, it is instead to take in a young girl left parentless and in the care of her dying grandmother. It may be a temporary arrangement until the girls uncle returns from the Marines, but God uses Daphne to speak His heavenly love and protection into the life of the child -- whom Daphne soon discovers has a very handsome and single uncle.
Melody Carlson has written around 100 books for teens, women and children. Her books range from serious issues like schizophrenia (Finding Alice) to lighter topics like house-flipping (A Mile in My Flip-Flops) but most of the inspiration behind her fiction comes right out of real life. Her young adult novels (Diary of a Teenage Girl, TrueColors, etc.) appeal to teenage girls around the world. Her annual Christmas novellas become more popular each year. She's won a number of awards (including the Rita and Gold Medallion) and some of her books have been optioned for film/TV. Carlson has two grown sons and makes her home in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and yellow Lab dog. To find out more about Melody Carlson, visit her website at http://www.melodycarlson.com/