One Friday Afternoon: Struggling Wife Romance Novel (Diamond Lake Series Book 2)

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With her marriage strained and very little hope left, Elizabeth Collins decides to take a trip to the Inn at the Lake with her husband Nathan. It’s here she hopes to change their marriage for the better, but they both have secrets. Will their secrets destroy their marriage? Or can God make the impossible possible?

From the best-selling Inspirational Romance Author T.K. Chapin comes a story of love, faith and marriage that will keep your fingers turning the page to see what happens next.

One Friday Afternoon is book two in the Inspirational fiction Diamond Lake Series by T.K. Chapin.

****Can be read as a standalone

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A story about a wife who desired to fix her marriage, One Friday Afternoon is a struggling wife romance novel about enduring through the hard times in marriage.

Story Sample from One Friday Afternoon:


Decisions. They shape us into who we are and impact our lives in ways we often never realize. When I married Nathan, I was marrying my best friend and it was perfect. Our wedding was large and extravagant with all the trappings I had dreamed of as a little girl. Both friends and family came to usher us into the new chapter of our lives. Not long after the wedding, we decided to start a family. Everything was falling into place, just like I had always dreamed that it would. Sure, we had disagreements and arguments, but they never lasted for long, and we always found ourselves apologizing by the end of them.

We were madly in love.

Three children later and almost twenty years of marriage, another decision came.

This time, it wasn’t good.

My mistake came in a time of great weakness on my part. I had been struggling with losing my mother to cancer, and Nathan had been traveling on business for several weeks. One day at the local bookstore where I worked, one of my co-workers found me crying in the stockroom. I confided in him. From there, the emotional affair bloomed.

There’s no excuse for what I did, and I know it was my fault. For a long time, though, I didn’t think that way. I didn’t let myself take responsibility for what I had done.

Our selfishness in the flesh has a way of masking our eyes from the truth and blinding us of God’s plan for our lives. I had myself convinced I committed my sin due to a lack of need in my marriage to Nathan. That wasn’t true though. The real thing lacking in my marriage was God.

We, as humans, are capable of making horrible decisions and affecting not only our own lives, but the lives of others. Often, it happens without our knowing it until it’s too late and the damage has already been done. If I could tell you one little Bible passage that flipped a switch in my soul and made everything better in my life, I would, but I can’t. It was multiple verses and ultimately, my relinquishing control to God.

I’ll tell you a story of how God took my broken marriage and made it beautiful. I’ll show you how a single decision can change one’s life forever.


Chapter 1

Speeding down the freeway, I could barely breathe between pauses in the argument from the passenger seat. It was infuriating that Nathan, my husband of eighteen years, still to this day could somehow forget to turn a coffee pot off. Though if I were being honest with myself, I didn’t care about the coffee pot. No, it was how he made me feel—like he didn’t care about me. If he couldn’t turn off a coffee pot after I asked him this morning, how was this special getaway going to fix anything in our marriage?

“I already told you I’m sorry, Elizabeth! I don’t know what more I can do here,” Nathan said as he slammed the steering wheel with an open palm. Our special getaway was quickly derailing and becoming a full-on disaster in the making. My attempts to get through that thick skull were falling short. He always does this. He ruins everything. My negative thoughts crowded their way to the forefront of my mind and took the steering wheel. How could any man care so little for everything in his life? I wondered. It was incomprehensible and drove my hopelessness to new depths.

“Just think about something other than yourself,” I said. “Literally, just have a thought outside of you! How about that?”

“It’s a coffeemaker! C’mon!” he snapped, slamming the steering wheel again. “Why do you have to always freak out about nothing?”

“Fine.” The conversation between us stopped, but it continued in my own thoughts. My dislike of Nathan was growing more each day, and hope was dwindling.

Turning my attention out the window, I saw pine trees blurred along the side of the road as I felt my chest tighten under the pressure of my heart breaking. This trip is such a waste of time. We were already one foot into the deep end of misery, and our two teenagers were stuck at my in-laws’ over two hours away. All the trouble of driving Jenny and Dakota to Moses Lake so we can spend our time away fighting in a fancy place? The thought of being stuck in a room with that man for a week pained me.

Silence mingled with the tension between us the rest of the way to the bed and breakfast. As we pulled into the driveway of the inn, a woman opened the front doors and walked outside. She beamed with a smile that did nothing but annoy me. Instantly feeling bad by my annoyance, I pushed it aside and told myself, have a good time. Just try. We don’t know that Nathan will be a jerk the whole time, and we don’t know what that doctor will end up saying. A woman waved as Nathan slowed to a stop.

“Must be Serenah,” Nathan said as he put the car into park.

I nodded. Without Nathan’s knowledge, I made myself a promise that if this getaway didn’t produce something of a change in our marriage, I’d be filing divorce papers once we got back to Spokane. It was a tall order to put on a simple stay at a bed and breakfast, but I needed something—anything—to change. I would not put up with him anymore.

“You must be the Collinses,” she said as we got out of the car.

“That’s us,” I replied, extending a hand as we met her in the driveway. She beamed with that same smile. What are you on, lady? I wondered as I returned a forced, lesser smile. Noticing the gorgeous Diamond Lake behind her and the bed and breakfast, I suddenly cared a little less about everything. The beauty of the lake captured my attention.

Serenah turned around and peered out to the lake as she said, “It’s stunning, isn’t it?”

“Yeah,” I said, my tone light and my mind a little less cluttered.

“Let me show you inside and give you a tour.” Serenah led us down the driveway and toward the house.

“I’ll grab the bags. Go ahead, and I’ll catch up.” Nathan went back to the car as we continued.

Following behind Serenah, we passed through the foyer. A see-through fireplace connected into the living room from the foyer caught my eye as I saw charred blackness on the fake wooden logs in the fireplace. Passing from the fireplace, my eyes saw in through the living room and the French doors that led out to a balcony that overlooked the lake. I couldn’t help but keep looking at the lake as we turned out of the foyer and began up the stairs. “How was the drive in?” she asked, pulling my attention away from the lake view.

“It was fine,” I replied.

To that, she replied, “Good.”

At the top of the stairs, there was a bedroom, then a walkway over to another room. Glancing over the railing, I could see down into the living room and through the large windows that hung above the French doors in the living room. “What a perfect view,” I said. Serenah stood beside me at the railing and looked across the living room and toward the lake.

“It’s amazing here. Every room has a view of the lake. I’ve been here over a year now and still can’t get over it.” Turning, she said, “It gets better. I’ve upgraded you guys to the best room in the house since nobody else had it booked during the time you’re here. No extra charge.”

“Thank you. Nathan will be thrilled.”

She led me farther down the walkway and to the French doors at the end. When she opened them, I was overwhelmed to the point I had even forgotten about the fact that Nathan and I had fought the whole way here. A king size bed sat on one side of the room and a Jacuzzi on the other. Smells of cinnamon and vanilla tickled my nose as I walked farther into the room. My eyes found a set of French doors on the wall facing the lake. Taking a glance out the window, I saw a private balcony overlooking the lake. It reminded me of the night that Nathan and I had stayed in San Francisco on our honeymoon. We had a private balcony. We enjoyed our cups of coffee overlooking the city and talked about how all the people down below looked like ants.

“We provide breakfast and lots of coffee, but no other meals,” Serenah said, pulling me out of the memory. I continued through the room as she spoke. “Newport isn’t very far, and they’ll deliver pizza and that kind of thing if you don’t want to drive. A full list of places to eat and things to do can be found in the nightstand.” Serenah flipped on the bathroom lights as she walked in behind me. High ceilings made the bathroom feel spacious, and a walk-in shower set the tone of luxury.

“This place is amazing,” I said softly.

Elizabeth,” Nathan’s voice echoed through the house and into the bathroom.

My face went red with embarrassment as Nathan hollered again through the house. “Sorry,” I said to Serenah and hurried out of the bathroom and room, hurrying my steps out to the railing. I looked down at him and scolded him. “This isn’t our house! You can’t just yell.”

He scoffed and shook his head as he looked up at me. “Always picking apart what I do, aren’t you?”

“I’m just saying that it’s not our house and you can’t be yelling!” I tried to say in a loud whisper down to him.

He stood there, shaking his head in disgust.

“Get on with it, Nathan. What did you want?” I asked, placing my hands on the railing.

“Where’s my razor? I didn’t see it in the bathroom bag. These whiskers coming in on my neck are driving me nuts,” he replied, scratching at his neck.

A sense of fear edged into my mind as I realized I didn’t pack it. “I must have forgotten it this morning during all the chaos of last-minute packing. You don’t need to shave right now.” Glancing at his already scruffy facial hair, I knew he would be upset.

“Yes, I do need to shave, and what chaos? I loaded the bags and got gas. All you did was pack a bathroom bag and get in the car.”

Before I could reply, Serenah stepped out of the bedroom and said, “No talk about the world out there. Just let yourselves relax. We have a convenience store up the road in Newport, and I’m sure they’ll have a razor for you.”

He smiled politely and nodded. “Thank you, Serenah.”

He bent over and picked up the bags. “Where’s the room?”

“I was just showing Elizabeth your room. I upgraded you to the best room in the house since we didn’t have any other reservations. No extra charge.”

Nathan’s face lit up. “That’s awesome!” he said, smiling at Serenah as he walked up the stairs with the bags in hand.

“Go ahead and get settled into the room,” Serenah offered. “I’ll be downstairs, just past the foyer, in the kitchen. Oh, one other thing to note—there is Netflix on every TV in the house, but it’s a shared account by all guests. I’m a devout born-again Biblical Christian and don’t watch the majority of what you might see on the Previously Watched list. Lots of different people stay here.”

“Okay,” I replied. “We’ll get settled and catch up with you in a bit. Thanks for everything.” Her comment about her faith was a bit of a surprise, but comforting at the same time to me. Nathan and I hadn’t been to church in almost four years, but we still held the values and beliefs of the Bible. “We’re believers too,” I added.

“That’s awesome, and you’re welcome,” she said as she turned and headed downstairs.

Closing the door to our room as we got inside, I turned around to Nathan. He tossed our bags onto the bed and fixed his eyes on the Jacuzzi. “This place is awesome. I’m so glad you decided to have us come here.” He looked over at the TV on the dresser. “I can totally watch the NBA finals tonight from the Jacuzzi.”

“Yay . . . I’m so excited,” I said dryly.

He turned around and crinkled up a corner of his face. “It’s do or die tonight. I have to watch it. You understand that.”

Sighing, I shrugged. “Whatever.” The truth was that it hurt. It hurt that instead of spending the first night with me and doing something fun in the little town of Newport or going down to the lake, he wanted to sit in the room and watch a basketball game. Going over to the mirror, I looked up at the ceiling and shook my head as I felt tears welling in my eyes. This place was amazing, and I feared the worst—nothing outside of a few arguments and a bunch of TV watching would be accomplished by the end of our trip. If the first few minutes at the inn were a precursor to how the trip would go, I might as well not even unpack my bag.



Clean Christian Wife Romance Novel You’ll Love

Good Christian romance novels need to address some tough subjects at times. The truth is life can be messy and often is, and that’s why I wrote this story. To highlight the fact that sometimes we as Christians struggle in marriage and in life. This story contains inspirational fiction characters that you can root for along the way. I recommend this love story about marriage in the hard times.

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.

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Customer Reviews:

186 ratings

10 reviews for One Friday Afternoon: Struggling Wife Romance Novel (Diamond Lake Series Book 2)

  1. 5 out of 5


    I loved,loved,loved this book!!! After reading the free Thursday book I was hooked. I read both of these books in one sitting,then proceeded to purchase the rest of the series. I am now onto book three and can’t wait to see how God works in this one. Thank you to God for one leading me to this series and the author and thank you to the fabulous author who was obedient to offer Thursday morning free.What a blessing!!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dianna Marie

    Found this book, even though a work of fiction, to be very relevant to today, both in Christian and non-Christian marriages. Everything covered, lack of communication, spousal consideration, or lack thereof, hidden acts, deception and lies will kill any relationship, let alone a marriage. I appreciate how T.K. Chapin told this story not just disclosing marital infidelities but revealing how a marriage can be restored. It was not done easily, as the case would be in real life situations. Rather it took much soul searching on both parts, softening of hearts and wills and the intervention of others to help the restoration process. This book leaves the reader with hope for willing hearts, which is a much needed commodity today.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kindle Customer

    This is the second book in this series. The series is about going through life’s trials and disappointments, reaching out to God. This series focuses on marriage, this is such a great series on how to put God in your marriage as the head of the marriage. Every couple should have to read this. I would live to think it would change people’s lives and enrich them with so much that they will see the light at the end of a tunnel and its not the train.This particular book in the series deals with infidelity. You can over come all things; with GOD!There is a great story that I recommend to everyone who needs a little lift to get past a rocky spot, or just to strengthen what you already have.

  4. 5 out of 5


    this book is about a marriage about to be dissolved because two people have committed adultery. they left GOD behind & did not keep Christ in the center of their marriage. We are all vulnerable to hurting our spouses & the easy road is to choose someone else to help us get rid of pain. We are especially vulnerable in work situations. This couple learned it is a three way relationship with Christ in the center. they both decided to make changes through Christ & love each other in spite of all that had happened.

  5. 5 out of 5


    Loved this book. Imperfect people in a imperfect work. Anyone who has been married for a while and people seeking a life long marriage need to read this. It reminded me of so many truths I knew long ago…but somewhere became back burner problems that I didn’t cast aside. I needed this book. Looking forward to reading more from this author who touched my soul and reminded me of so many things

  6. 5 out of 5


    Elizabeth and Nathan are going on a week’s vacation at a Bread and Breakfast in the hopes of repairing their marriage. They have been married over 20 years but have fallen away from living for The Lord and putting Him first in their lives. During the week Elizabeth is shocked when Nathan confesses about an affair he had in the past. The owner of the Inn is a Christian and helps lead them back to the Lord. The book shows how life is not easy and everyone has problems but if you let the Lord lead you everyone can be a winner in life.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Becky Carpenter

    One Friday Afternoon, written by T.K. Chapin is a story of a marriage that doesn’t have God as the foundation.T.K. Chapin takes the characters of Nathan and Elizabeth and brings them to life on the pages of One Friday Afternoon. Both of them have had issues that caused a great schism in their marriage. They allowed others between them and have now gotten to the point where they both have to face the mistakes they’ve made and make a choice. Will God be the foundation of their marriage or with they allow other people, jobs, and things to take priority in their lives above the Lord.This is a second Christian Romance book in the Diamond Lake Series. Chapin has brought characters back into this story that we met in book one, One Thursday Morning, such as Serenah, Charlie and Miley. We learned a bit more about the characters from book one which was fun to see what had progressed in their lives from that first book. I think it’s a great way to expand their characters when one book is about a specific part of their lives and then bring them into this next book and give us cameos of their activities since then.As always, I enjoy the way that Chapin brings tough situations and topics to the forefront of his Christian Romance books and then shows how God can make a difference in a life when we allow Him.

  8. 5 out of 5


    This is one of my favorite books of 2016. Let me see if I can articulate into words how wonderful, amazing, magnificent and beautiful this story is. It is very rare to find Christian fiction books that deal with troubled marriages. Most books that are written want to tell of the romance before marriage, but never want to show what happens after marriage. Well, this story tells you of the journey of a couple whose marriage has been devastated, ripped to shreds and is barely hanging on by a string. But, I love that the author chose to show the journey of healing, restoration and reconciliation.The words that were written on the pages in this book were anointed. I can remember at one point in the story stopping and shouting “Wow, wow, wow!” It was the following passage when Elizabeth asked “Do you think divorce could ever be the answer? I know you’re younger than me, but I’m just kind of curious what you think”. My eyes trained on Serenah as I waited for a response. ““God never designed divorce only marriage. Though he allows it, that was only due to humanity’s sin”””. She paused and looked at me. ““The Bible tells us to focus on the good. Right? Whatever is pure, whatever is of good report. Think on these things. Forget divorce and think about restoration . . . if you can””.This book is full of honest, raw and truthful emotions that couples experience when they are struggling in their marriage. T.K. Chapin does not sugarcoat or give easy pat answers to marital problems. He shows there is hope for your marriage if you are willing to trust, lean on and rely on God.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kindle Customer

    Do you devote your life to God? If you re a Christian & married life today is a real challenge.If your marriage gets into trouble, as Elizabeth & Nathan’s did, wht would you do? They have two children which more daily challenges.They go away to a secluded bed & breakfast that’s on a beautiful lake. Serena is the manager & a Christian.You need to read this uplifting book. It’s written very well. Will they be able to save their marriage? Read on & God Bless

  10. 5 out of 5


    First of all, I recommend this book to every married couple including non Christians. God is just waiting for you to let him in. I have been married for almost 10 years now, and it feels like I have been going through trial and trial after TRIAL. I hit rock bottom after I had a miscarriage at 17.5 weeks pregnant. Anyone who has ever had a miscarriage understands what that does to your body and soul. I never blamed God for my miscarriage, but I didn’t seek his comfort either. I was going to doctor appointment after doctor appointment because I felt something was wrong. Two years later, as all my doctors have assured me it is depression and anxiety. I know that God has a purpose for every thing that occurs in our life. However, many of us assume that God is responsible for everything. We were given free will, and as soon as sin entered the world, destruction would take place. Jesus says that life here on Earth would not be easy, and I agree with him 100%. God does not want harm to come to any of his sons and/or daughters. God loves us so much that he gave his only begotten son, Jesus Christ, over to man to be crucified, so that we may enter Heaven. Jesus Christ is our redeemer because without him none of us would enter Heaven except the children. We are all sinners whether we accept it or not.Every marriage has weaknesses and strengths. Elizabeth Collins and her husband Nathan go on a week retreat at the Inn at the Lake. This retreat is Elizabeth’s final attempt to reconcile her marriage. They both have strayed from their marriage, Elizabeth emotionally, and Nathan physically. However, when they get there Nathan is more interested in the game that is on the television than he is about spending time with his wife. As soon as he found out that Elizabeth seeked guidance from Serenah, who they both don’t know, he gets very mad. However, one event causes Nathan to realize that he is still very much in love with his wife, but is his affair the end of their marriage? He asks Elizabeth to give him a month to work on their marriage, and if she wants a divorce he won’t contest it. She reluctantly agrees. According to the Bible, Elizabeth can get out of the marriage because of her husband’s infidelity. She has more to think about than just divorce, her children and her own heart. She does not know if divorce is the right answer. Many people would file for divorce as soon as they got home. As with everything, we are suppose to give our anxiety over to God, so that He can lead the way. That is exactly what is done her.I love Serenah, Before Elizabeth left Serenah gave her a scripture 1 Peter 5:7. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. This has become my new favorite scripture. Life would be so much easier if we did what God asked us to do.This book had me turning page after page to see what was going to happen! I love the storyline, but my favorite part of this book is the scripture and biblical explanations that T.K. Chapin brilliantly incorpates into his books. This book is an eye opener to me, and I hope it is to you as well. In marriage after time has passed we become stuck in the same daily routine, and before we know it we are just existing, and not living. I am guilty of this too, but my eyes have been opened, and I thank you. This book has many different topics or elements that are occurring in my marriage, and it is nice to see their is a way back to where we once were.When people marry today, they know that if it does not work out the way they expect it to than they can get divorced. God created marriage for the purpose of populating the Earth. He gave us strong desires and pleasures that come with marriage, which also gives us desires when our life is not working out the way we envisioned. A marriage is not just between two people. It is between God, Husband and wife, and if you use marriage as God intended, you become one soul, not two! God must be the focal point of your marriage or you are likely to fail because without God’s love, mercy and grace, many factors will try to tear down the walls within your marriage. He is the cement that holds us together!This was an amazing book. I did not read them in order, so I am off to read book 1, and am looking forward to book 3. Keep up the great work! I feel privileged to see your career take off as an inspirational Christian writer. Your books are more than just books, they are an example of how we should live our life!

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