One Enduring Hope: A Christian Romance Novel About Family Relationships (Faithful Love Book 5)

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What if God’s greatest blessing came through pain?

Ashley and Cody considered themselves “good” people. They worked hard, loved God, and went to church most Sundays. Then one day their faith was tested when God said “yes” to a prayer they had prayed for years.

How do you endure when you can’t see the future? How do you rely on God instead of yourself?

One Enduring Hope is an inspirational Christian fiction novel about family, faith, and hope in uncertain times. Inspiring and uplifting, this story dives into the heart of true worship that God desires of those who follow Him—fully and wholly. Christians who know or desire to know what it means to walk by faith will find this inspiring tale of a Christian married couple both realistic and true to life.

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A Christian romance novel about family relationships, One Enduring Hope, shows readers what real Biblical forgiveness, restoration, and healthy relationships look like in a Christian’s life.

Story Sample from One Enduring Hope:

Prologue

Ashley Williams had always dreamed of one day having a family, of children running around in the back yard of a large house and her husband barbecuing on the patio while they sipped iced tea and laughed together. But as with all good dreams little girls have, they must eventually wake from their dreams of what they think life should be and face reality. That reality for Ashley was the fact that her first marriage didn’t work out past the year and a half mark. The marriage wasn’t a total loss, though. She did have a little girl. Emily was the silver lining in the storm cloud of that first marriage. After the divorce from Tyler, Ashley went on to marry Cody, a hardworking man who loved Emily just as much as he loved her, and it was with Cody that she began again.

This is the story of how God took the ashes of the past and created something far more beautiful than what she could’ve ever dreamed into existence.

Chapter 1

Slipping out of his and Ashley’s bed just before four o’clock in the morning, Cody quietly made his way out of their bedroom and down the hallway into the living room. Their apartment was small with only two bedrooms, but it was enough for their family of three.

Powering on his computer, he then went into the kitchen and brewed a pot of coffee. Letting out a yawn, he pulled his cell phone out from his robe pocket and checked his emails. Two more new clients, he thought with a smile as he read over the confirmation emails each company had sent to him overnight.

Cody’s web development business he had started four years ago was finally beginning to get a pair of legs and stand on its own. This side business endeavor had taken over much of his day-to-day life. Early in the mornings and often late into the evenings after work, he was working on websites. What had started as a hobby had grown into a full-fledged business in a relatively short time. In order to keep up with the demand, he was out of bed before four each morning in order to get work done before he went off to his nine-to-five job. Now, with these two additional clients, he knew it was time to finally hand in his two-week notice at work down at Teddy’s Computer Solutions in Lincoln City.

Cody spent the next two and a half hours that morning pounding coffee and his keyboard. At six thirty, he let out a yawn as he stretched his arms and swiveled in his computer chair. Raking a hand through his hair, he thought about the day ahead. He really didn’t want to pull himself away from his work and go to his job, but he knew the end was finally in sight.

Exiting the bathroom after his shower, he greeted his wife, Ashley, in the hallway with a peck on the cheek.

“Today is the day, love.”

She was still half-asleep as she stood there in the hallway with one eye partially closed. Tilting her head, she raised an eyebrow. “What are you talking about?”

“Handing in my notice.” Lifting one hand, he raised his voice. “Carpe diem!”

Ashley came alert, her eyes widening. “Wow. Really?”

“Yes!”

He took her hands in his as they jumped up and down for a moment, then he brought her in close to him, kissing her.

“I’m so proud of you, Cody!”

“Thank you.”

They released and then journeyed together down the hallway and into the living room.

“So, what happened to bring this on?”

“I landed both of those clients I told you about last night!”

“That’s great, Cody!”

He could sense a fraction of doubt in her tone as her voice lifted in pitch. “What’s wrong?”

Shrugging a shoulder, she turned slightly away from him and sat down on the couch. She peered up at him with her glowing emerald-green eyes. “Are you sure we’ll be okay? You know . . . financially?”

“Yes, we’re in a good place, and income has been pretty consistent with this venture for a year now. We can do it.”

“Okay. I’ll trust you.”

“Great!” Kissing her again, he went into the kitchen to fill a to-go mug of coffee. As he poured the coffee, he craned his neck. “Hey. Are we getting Emily back tonight from her dad’s house?”

“Yes. She’ll be here at six.”

Walking into the living room with his coffee, Cody took a sip. “Good. It’s been a long week without her. Summers are the worst, aren’t they?”

Ashley rose from the couch and came over to him as he opened the door to leave. “Yes. And I know they’re tough, but she enjoys spending time with her stepbrothers over there. We can’t do much about it.”

“I know. I’d better get going.”

“Have a good day today at work.” Leaning in, she kissed him.

On his way to work, he stopped at a gas station. As he pumped the gas, he saw a small boy and mother get out of their van the next row of pumps over. The little boy, who appeared to be around the same age as Emily, seven years old, started to scream at his mom. The mother tried to quiet the child, lowering her gaze to him and pleading, but he ended up hitting her. Cringing, Cody turned away. That child needs discipline, he thought to himself as returned the gas handle to the pump.

On the rest of his drive to work, he chatted up his father, Hank, on the phone over the car speaker.

“And the little turd slapped her.”

“Wow. I would’ve whooped him right there on the spot if I was her!”

Cody nodded. “Right? I don’t get some parents out there, Dad.”

“Always comes down to the father. There are far too many single moms out there raising kids without their fathers.”

“I know. It’s a shame.”

Pulling into the parking lot behind Teddy’s, he said his goodbyes to Hank and ended the call, then parked.

Arriving inside, Cody hung his coat on the back of his chair in the shop and then powered on his work computer. As the system booted into Windows, Jake, his co-worker, walked in the back door.

“Morning.” Jake slothfully went to his desk and started his computer.

“Good morning, Jake! It’s a great day to be alive, isn’t it?”

Glaring over at Cody, Jake furrowed his eyebrows. “Why do you seem so perky today?”

“I’m handing in my notice once Teddy gets in.”

Raising his eyebrows, Jake walked over to the workbench in the middle of the room and started to power on one of the computers being worked on. “Business is that good with the web design stuff?”

“Sure is.” Cody came over to the workbench and started to remove the side of a different computer tower he needed to replace a hard drive in. “Landed two more clients, and that pushes me to the point where I can’t afford to stay working here.”

“Wow.” Jake shook his head as he peered at the monitor in front of him. Navigating to the control panel on the computer, he kept talking. “I remember when you just had the idea of doing it like what, five years ago? You said you were going to start it.”

“Yep, and it took another year to finally start.”

“Well, congratulations, man. I hope it works out for you.”

The undertone of his co-worker was apparent to Cody. He suspected a dash of jealousy mixed in with his congratulations. Hearing the front door unlock up in the front of the shop, Cody turned his gaze to the doorway. It was time to tell Teddy.

Walking out from the back of the shop, he spotted Teddy re-locking the front door, as they still had another hour before normal business hours. He approached.

Teddy turned around. “Oh, hey, Cody. What’s up?”

“I’m officially turning in my two weeks.”

“I always knew this day would come. Congratulations!” Opening his arms, Teddy gave Cody a hug.

***

After Cody left for work that morning, Ashley ran a small load of laundry and then pulled out chicken for that evening’s dinner. Sitting down on the couch, she grabbed the television remote and turned on a home renovation show. She watched for a few minutes, and her phone rang in the kitchen. Setting the remote down, she rose and went into the kitchen to answer it. It was her friend Sandy.

“I need to move our coffee from nine to eleven o’clock. I forgot about my doctor’s appointment for the ultrasound. Is that okay?”

“Sure. We’re still meeting at that coffee shop on the boardwalk, right?”

“Yes.”

Hanging up with Sandy, Ashley returned to the living room. As she sat down, her mind gravitated to her friend’s pregnancy and her eyes couldn’t help from watering. She loved Sandy dearly, but it was painful every time she mentioned the pregnancy. For some reason unbeknown to Ashley, she couldn’t seem to fully move past the reality that she and Cody would never have children of their own. Ashley loved her little Emily with all her heart, but she had always wanted more children. She didn’t know the reason it was the way it was for her and Cody, but she knew in her heart that God was in control.

Meeting Sandy at Yolo’s Coffee Shop on the boardwalk, they got their coffees and sat down at a table outside facing the ocean. The smell of the sea lingered in the air due to the constant opening of the coffee shop’s door.

“How’d the appointment go?”

“I have pictures!” Sandy reached over and pulled her purse onto her lap. Flashing the ultrasound picture across the table, Ashley leaned in to look at the image. “Don’t you think he has Eric’s chin?”

Forcing a smile onto her lips, she nodded. “Yeah, so crazy.”

As Ashley was unable to hide her lack of excitement, her friend Sandy detected it and slipped the picture back into her purse quickly. “I’m so sorry. I forget sometimes . . .”

Reaching across the table, Ashley grabbed hold of her friend’s hand as she shook her head. “It’s not a problem. I promise.”

“Obviously, it upsets you that I’m pregnant . . .” Pausing, Sandy dabbed her eyes as she peered upward. “And I’m a bad friend, gloating to you about my baby.”

“You’re not a bad friend, Sandy! You’re excited about your little bean. I understand that, and you should be excited. I’m the one with issues here, not you. Please don’t be upset.”

After a moment, Sandy recomposed herself and started to ask questions. “So, what’s the deal with that, anyway? I don’t think you’ve ever told me.”

A twinge of pain pinched the deepest part of Ashley’s heart at the inquiry. “Cody just can’t have kids. It’s . . . just the way things are. He wasn’t born with the tubes or whatever.”

“Wow. Did you know that before you two got married?”

“No. But I would’ve married him regardless. I love him.”

“Oh, I know.” Shaking her head, Sandy kept her eyes fixed on her. “What about in vitro? Can’t they—”

“They can, but Cody and I came to the conclusion that it’s not right. They destroy some of the fertilized eggs that don’t get used.” Shaking her head, she wanted to run from the conversation. “I don’t want this to be about me and Cody. Let’s focus on the joyous fact that you are having a baby!”

Sandy frowned slightly, then nodded. “Okay. I truly am sorry that you two can’t have children.”

“Thanks.”

After coffee, Ashley went over to the church to help prepare a meal for the youth who were meeting that night. As she cooked with the youth leader’s pregnant wife, Taylor, she started to become emotional.

“You okay, Ash?” Taylor’s eyebrows pushed together as concern washed over her expression. She set the spatula in her hand down and turned toward her. “What’s wrong?”

Shaking her head, Ashley pressed a hand against her forehead as she shook her head. “I’m just struggling a little today.”

“Can I pray for you?”

Lifting her gaze to Taylor, she nodded. “I’d appreciate that.”

“Dear Heavenly Father, I want to lift up Ashley to You right now. I don’t know what’s going on, but You do, Lord. And whatever is happening, we both know that You are in control and that You are good and that You are kind. You are doing a work in Ashley’s life right now in some way, and we pray that Your will be done. We pray these things in Your precious name, Jesus. Amen.”

Wiping her eyes, Ashley turned back toward the bowl of mixed fruit she had diced. “Do things ever just hit you a little harder when you’re least expecting it?”

Taylor nodded. “Of course. I think when that happens, God is trying to capture our attention. Are you and Cody coming to church tonight?”

She knew in her heart that Cody would be insisting on working through dinner on his website stuff, and then he’d want to chill in front of the TV before going to bed. Going to a Wednesday night service at church just wasn’t something he had time for. He wasn’t necessarily against it, but his schedule just didn’t permit it these days.

“I don’t know. Cody’s right in the middle of quitting his job and starting a business. He’s really busy. I’ll ask him, though.”

As she was about to leave the kitchen to head home, Taylor stopped her.

“Hey.”

Turning, she looked over her shoulder at her. “Yeah?”

“I’ll be praying for you. Remember that Jesus’s burden is light, and His yoke is easy. God wants our hearts more than anything. We can go to Him.”

Smiling as her heart stirred with the joy of the Lord, she nodded. “I know, and thank you for praying for me.”

As she continued out to the car, she lifted a prayer to Heaven, to God, asking Him to be close to her heart and to comfort her in the pain she felt that day over her and Cody’s inability to have children.

***

On Saturday, after choosing to catch up on sleep, Cody was lying in bed scrolling on his cell phone when the bedroom door opened. Peering over, he saw little Emily standing there rubbing her eyes.

“Good morning, Princess.” Locking his screen, he set his phone down on the nightstand and motioned with a hand for her to come jump up on the bed.

Emily walked over to his side of the bed and climbed in. He pulled her in closer, and she lay against his chest.

“You’re up earlier than usual for a Saturday. Everything okay?”

“I had a really bad dream. It scared me.”

Giving her arm a rub, he leaned down and kissed the top of her head. “I’m sorry to hear that. What was it about?”

“You died.”

Widening his eyes and dropping his jaw, Cody shook his head. “Let’s hope that doesn’t come true!”

Tightening her hold against Cody, she snuggled deeper into his embrace. “Never. You’re not allowed to!”

A smile curled on his lips as his heart knew her love for him in that moment. Emily might not have been his biological child, but Cody loved her like she was his own.

Ashley stirred beside the two of them and eventually turned on her side to face them.

“Good morning, family.”

Emily and Cody both greeted her. “Good morning.”

“We should go to Smithy’s for breakfast.” Ashley’s gaze fixed onto Cody.

Raising an eyebrow as he contemplated the idea of going to the pancake house, Cody soon began to think of the work he had to get done by three that afternoon. Smoothing a hand over his face, he sighed. “I don’t know . . . I have to make an entire website scheme design for Bob’s Gyros by three o’clock.”

“Okay. We won’t go then.” Leaning over, Ashley kissed him. “No biggie.”

“C’mon, please, Daddy?” Emily’s big brown eyes gazed into his with that look they both knew he couldn’t resist. “You can get that boysenberry sauce on your pancakes you love so much.”

He started to nod slowly. “Okay, okay. But we have to make it a short trip. I have to get busy on work.”

“I have to get my shirt on!” Emily leapt from the bed and ran down the hallway toward her room. She had a Smithy’s shirt she had to wear each time they went to the restaurant.

Rolling over to his side, Cody peered into his wife’s eyes. Seeing her eyes glistening, he assumed it was from pain. He shook his head. “What’s wrong?”

“Nothing. Nothing at all.” Leaning toward him, she kissed him again. “I just love you so much.”

Arriving at Smithy’s, they were seated near a window in a booth. After they ordered their food, Ashley’s phone rang in her purse. She glanced at the screen and sighed.

“What? Who is it?”

Paige.” Her voice ached as she uttered her sister’s name. Paige was Ashley’s younger sister who had two small boys and a couple of habits that held her back from ever experiencing any type of normalcy in life. One of those habits had to do with drugs and the other with her choice in men, including the boys’ father who had been in prison most of the kids’ lives. Cody and Ashley had tried to help her in the past, letting her live with them during her pregnancies and even after the kids were born, but it always ended the same way. Paige left, either on her own or by force for violating house rules. No matter what happened, though, Ashley was always there for her sister.

“Go answer it. I know you want to.”

Ashley nodded. “I’ll be right back.”

Slipping out from the booth as she answered, Cody watched as his wife walked away from the table to take the call. As she went out of view, he turned his attention back to Emily.

“So, what kind of stuff have you been up to at your dad’s house?”

“Mostly riding our bikes and playing in the tree house at sister Garcia’s.”

“Sister Garcia? Who is that?”

“She’s a neighbor down the road from my dad’s house. She’s a nice lady.”

Uneasiness rose within Cody at hearing she was off playing in some adult’s tree house, but as a non-biological parent, he knew his concerns didn’t carry much weight in the situation. Instead of getting upset, he leaned in across the table slightly as he continued the discussion. “Is she someone you think I’d like?”

“Yes.”

“Does she ever have you kids come into her house?”

She shook her head, taking a sip of her ice water through the straw. “No. We just play in the tree house there. We don’t see her much.”

His heart eased at hearing it. “I hope you are being smart about the situation. You shouldn’t be going into houses, even if an adult seems nice.”

“I know. Stranger danger, Dad! One time, she asked us if we wanted to come in, and my bro was about to go in, but I stopped him.”

“Good. You’re a smart girl, you know that?”

Emily’s face lit up and she smiled. “Thanks.”

Suddenly, Ashley slid back into the booth across from Cody. “I have to go over there after breakfast.”

“How come?”

“Paige needs to go do some stuff with Steve, I guess? I don’t really know, but she asked if I could watch the kids.”

“Plug your ears, Em.” Cody looked at Emily, waiting for her to obey. She did and lightly hummed as he had taught her.

“You know they’re going to get drugs or something whack.”

Ashley leaned across the table, her eyes welling with tears as they fixed on him. “I know that, and it’s exactly why I said I’ll watch them. I don’t want her taking them wherever.”

Relaxing into his seat, he shook his head. “Okay. It’s your time and decision. Just be careful.”

“I know.” Ashley turned to Emily, gently touching her hands to lower them. “We’re done talking, sweetheart.”

Cody didn’t like Paige at all. The few times he had tried to help her, she had been disrespectful and ungrateful. His wife, however, was always willing to forgive and show love no matter what Paige did or said. Cody didn’t understand it, but he admired her compassion for others.

***

Paige answered the door after five minutes of knocking. She had the curling iron in her hair, and her two little boys, Sam and Blake, were wrapped around her legs. Sam was a blond hair and blue eyed one-year-old, and Blake was a brown-haired and brown-eyed two-year-old. Both were in diapers and nothing else.

“Come in. I’m about done.”

Scooping Sam and Blake into her arms, Ashley immediately started talking to them. “How are Auntie’s favorite two boys doing?”

“Good!” Blake kissed her cheek. “I love you!”

“Thank you! And I love you too, sweetheart!” Ashley carried the two of them into the kitchen and grabbed a washcloth to clean the jelly off their faces. As she wiped Sam’s face clean, she smiled warmly at him. “How are you, Sammy?”

“Goo.” Her heart broke as she found Sam’s diaper full and sagging.

Rising to her feet, she went down the hallway to the bathroom. “Are you okay?”

Turning away from the mirror to face her sister, Paige shook her head. “I’m great.”

“Sam’s diaper is old and falling off his butt.”

“Don’t judge me. I didn’t invite you over here to do that. I thought you wanted to help.”

“I do, Sis. I do! But you have to take care of these kids.”

“I do just fine! I love my children and I’m an amazing mother! I can’t believe you would say that to me!” She shut the bathroom door with a slam, then locked it.

Ashley pressed the palm of her hand against the door as her heart broke. Dropping her gaze downward, she prayed in her heart. Please, Lord! Help this situation. Ashley turned to go back into the living room, but as she turned, she saw bungie cords hanging on the wall right beside the boys’ bedroom door. Jerking herself around to the bathroom door again, she pounded on the door.

It flung open.

Pointing toward the boys’ bedroom, Ashley shook her head as her eyes welled with tears and she screamed. “Tell me that’s not what it looks like! Tell me, Paige, that I’m misunderstanding!”

“The kids wouldn’t stay in their room at night, so we had to do that. Again, I don’t need your judgment!”

Shaking her head, Ashley turned away from Paige and left down the hall to the living room to change the dirty diaper before she did something she’d regret.

After tossing Sam’s dirty diaper in the trash, Ashley came back into the living room. She peered down at the boys who were sitting on the floor in front of the TV. There was no furniture, no pictures on the wall, nothing but a TV sitting on the rug with a DVD player hooked up to it. Ashley prayed as she tried to let her emotions calm down. God, these boys need a mother who isn’t on drugs, a mother who can tend to them! Pausing, her heart was filled with pain as she thought about her and Cody and how they couldn’t have a child. Some of us can’t even have kids. I don’t understand why kids could be born into this but not into my family. I don’t get it, but I trust You, God.

Soon, Ashley’s boyfriend Steve arrived at the apartment. As he walked into the apartment, the boys both jumped up and ran over to meet him at the door.

“Daddy!” they shouted in unison. Ashley’s heart cringed as she looked at the bearded man. She knew he had hit her sister more than once and had led her straight into hard drugs. He was the face of evil if she had ever seen it.

“Hey, Ashley. How are you?”

“I’m fine.”

Pulling Sam up into his arms, he walked over to Ashley in the living room as he carried a wry smile on his face. “Auntie Ashley come to see you for a bit?”

Seeing Sam rest his head against that man’s chest made her insides heave. If it weren’t for God and knowing He was ultimately in control of all things, she knew she wouldn’t be able to leave the boys in that apartment with him. It took a great deal of trust in God to be able to rest at night and know her nephews were with that man.

After Paige and Steve left a short while later, she went into the kitchen to prepare food for the boys. Upon opening the cupboard, she found needles strewn across the shelves. Her heart dipped into the pit of her stomach.

Pausing, she prayed again. Something needs to be done, Lord. I pray that you break into this situation and do something, please, Lord. Not for my own sake, but for the sake of these two young boys. Amen.

 

 

A Christian Romance Novel About Family Relationships

Life is full of drama, sometimes, family drama. Good Christian romance novels need to deal with the messy stuff in life and that’s what you’ll find when you pick up a copy of this T.K. Chapin novel. Handled gracefully and in a way you’ll love reading.

Through much prayer and consideration, T.K. Chapin has fashioned this story into a piece of Christian literature that will bless you in reading and encourage you in your walk with Christ.

About The Author

Christian Author T.K. Chapin Portrait

The Christian Author Who Keeps God At The Center Of Everything.

T.K. CHAPIN is an award-winning Inspirational Christian Romance and fiction author who designs his stories to inspire and tug on your heartstrings.

He believes that telling authentic stories of faith, love, and family helps build the faith of believers while inviting non-believers into the reality of God.

Each story highlights how God can work in the lives of those who follow Him.

Chapin gives all credit for his writing and storytelling abilities to God. The majority of his stories take place in and around his hometown of Spokane Washington.

Chapin & his wife reside in Southeast Idaho and have three children.

When not writing, he enjoys traveling, swimming, and spending time with friends & family.

Vision For Christian Romance Novels With Realistic Characters

Christian romance novels are often just about two people falling in love, but it goes far beyond just that in T.K. Chapin books.

Real-to-life stories about realistic people are in every single book that Chapin writes.

People struggle with their life and sometimes their faith, Chapin captures that in every story he tells.

If you’re looking for a Christian romance novel that not only entertains but also inspires, pick up a copy of one of the many titles T.K. Chapin has published.

The Vision

As a Christian author, speaker and entrepreneur, it’s T.K. Chapin’s hope and desire to help build the Kingdom of God for His glory alone. It’s through the stories, articles, and connections with others that this is made possible.

Additional information

ASIN‏:‎

B097KNWQS4

Publisher‏:‎

Branch Publishing (June 28, 2021)

Publication date‏:‎

June 28, 2021

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English

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