One Trusting Heart: A Romance Novel About Struggling To Trust God (Faithful Love Book 3)

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How do you know when you can trust your heart?

Anna Wilcox, a divorcee, never planned to entangle herself with a man again.

Then she met Cody.

How can you tell when the past is repeating? What if your heart has betrayed you before? When does a person’s faith in God become trusting in Him?

One Trusting Heart is a great inspirational romance about love, faith, and God’s perfect timing in the life of those who follow Him. Christians will be inspired and encouraged in their faith by this inspiring story of two hearts learning how to trust God in a real way.

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A Christian romance novel about struggling to trust God and others, One Trusting Heart, shows readers what real struggle in faith and life can look like for a Christian.

Story Sample from One Trusting Heart:

Chapter 1

Anna Wilcox’s divorce from Alex Sanderson was a messy, painful, and expensive process. It had taken two years, twice as long as the actual marriage itself. Spending thousands on lawyers and meeting multiple times with Alex and mediators to fight over who ended up with what wasn’t what she had in mind when she said those two sweet words of “I do” at the altar just three years prior. The saddest part was even their year of marriage would’ve ended even sooner if she hadn’t let him talk his way out of a kiss she had seen him share with another at a Christmas party only three months after their marriage.

With the divorce finally over and the papers all signed, Anna started to look for a way out of Los Angeles. She needed a fresh start, somewhere new. Maybe for a few months, maybe forever. She was open to anything.

Meeting with her friend Chloe at a quaint little bistro in Burbank, California, Anna and Chloe talked while they sipped on iced lemonades and ate lunch out on the patio.

“I need out of this town, Chloe. I’m ready for a break.”

“A break where?” Pressing her eyebrows together, she set her glass down on the table. “LA has everything you could ever need.”

“Yeah, and then some. It’s just too much for me right now. I’ve been living in the fast lane my entire life, Chloe. I’m ready for a little change.” Looking away from her friend, Anna caught sight of a little girl with pigtails in her hair, just like she used to wear as a child. Anna’s mind drifted to the days of her youth. Twenty years ago, when she was sixteen, her parents, Jack and Wanda, would take her and her brother to a little coastal town in Oregon every year. She remembered staying in her uncle LeRoy’s beach house. She and Owen would run up and down the shoreline chasing seagulls. She could almost smell the salty air and feel the slower pace of life that existed in that town. Her heart warmed at the thought of being there again.

“Where’d you go?” Chloe smiled as she brought her lips to her straw.

Anna blinked the memory away and looked at Chloe. “Lincoln City.”

“What?”

“It’s a little town on the Oregon coast. My parents took me there when Owen and I were kids. It was always so much fun there. And it was peaceful too.”

“Sounds . . . boring.”

She shook her head as the lawyers, courtroom, and countless meetings with her ex-husband flashed through her mind. “You don’t know how good boring sounds these days.”

“Well, get out of town for a bit. Go live out your boring fantasies.” Chloe laughed. “Hey. Did I tell you who I saw a couple of days ago at the club?”

Anna shook her head.

“Cocoa LaShay, that up and coming artist who’s ultra-hot down in Huntington Beach.”

Though Anna nodded and smiled as her friend continued, inside, she couldn’t have cared less. What would’ve enthralled her even a few years ago now only sounded petty and meaningless. Her mind again wandered to Lincoln City, and her lips curled into a smile.

Excusing herself from the table to use the restroom, Anna stood up and headed inside. As she did, she spotted a couple walking out of the bistro a few feet away on the side of the railing. She saw the baby bump on the woman’s tummy and her heart ached. Her dreams of having a family had been dashed to pieces by Alex. Even the thought of love, marriage, or a man in her life felt to be a million light-years away from ever happening.

After their salads arrived at the table, the two of them ate, and then Chloe excused herself to go meet her sister for pedicures. Anna had plans to meet up with more friends over in Costa Mesa but opted instead to retreat to her apartment and browse old photographs from her childhood in Lincoln City.

Peering at a picture of her and Owen standing near LeRoy’s shed with the coast in the background, she smiled. Her eyes began to water as she looked at her brother’s smile. Touching the photograph with a fingertip, her heart ached. I miss you, Owen . . .

Anna soon put the box of memories away and snuggled up on the couch with her fleece blanket and started watching a series on a streaming service.

At four o’clock that afternoon, her father, Jack, called to check in on her. He usually called every other day.

“Everything is good. I’m kind of wanting a break away from everything. Remember how we used to go to Lincoln City back when Owen was still alive?”

“Yes.” After a pause, her father continued. “A break is sometimes needed, especially for someone in your position. You and Alex might’ve broken up two years ago, but you had to deal with all that junk for so long. You know, Anna, your Uncle LeRoy’s beach house is still there, and he still owns it.”

“I thought he moved to Wisconsin.”

“He did, but he kept the beach house.” Her dad laughed. “He said there was something special about it and he’d never be able to part with it. He travels out there at least once every summer with Aunt Marie.”

Anna’s heart was elated to hear the news about the beach house. Her dream of going felt more real and within reach now. Pushing the blanket off her, she sat upright on the couch. “Do you think he’d let me stay there?”

“I don’t see any reason why not. Want me to give him a call for you?”

“Yes, please.”

“All right. Consider it done.”

Hanging up with her father, she grabbed the photograph of herself and Owen from where she had placed it on the coffee table. Closing her eyes, she brought the photograph to her chest.

***

Scooping his daughter Emmy Jo up into his arms, Cody Sinclair hurried out the front screen door of his two-bedroom house and out to his beat-up white pickup truck in Lincoln City. What his aged Ford truck lacked in aesthetics, it made up for in loyalty. It might’ve struggled to start most days, but that truck had been with him through thick and thin for over two decades.

He helped Emmy Jo into her car seat. She was Cody’s whole world. At seven years old, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed angel, she already had a heart like no other, just like her momma Trisha used to back in the good old days of high school.

Trisha had left Cody and Emmy Jo five years ago. Three years of marriage to Cody were enough for her. Cody wasn’t entirely sure for a while why she had left. He suspected it could’ve been the living paycheck-to-paycheck or it could’ve been some of his bad habits. Regardless of the reason, both Cody and Trisha were left with a void in their lives and a hole in their hearts. Cody did eventually find out that Trisha had taken a one-way flight to New York City to go shack up with a guy she had secretly met online. Cody and Emmy Jo never heard from her again.

After making sure his angel was in her seat, Cody stopped and smoothed his hand over his daughter’s head, pushing her bangs out of her eyes.

“You going to be a good girl today for Auntie Sarah?”

“Of course I am!” Opening her palms, Emmy Jo’s eyebrows lifted. “How could you think I wouldn’t be good?”

Laughing lightly, Cody winked and leaned over to kiss her forehead. “I know, I know. You’re an angel. You’re my angel.”

“That’s what you always tell me, Daddy!”

Cody smiled. Shutting the truck door by lifting the door handle as he shut it so it would latch, he went around the front of the truck and got into the driver’s seat. Turning the screwdriver over to start the pickup, he pumped the gas pedal.

It fired right up, and he lifted a prayer of thanks toward Heaven. Then it backfired, and they were off down the road to his brother, Joe’s, and sister-in-law, Sarah’s, house.

Pulling into the driveway, Tank and Duke, his brother’s two dogs, ran alongside the truck, barking a greeting at the two of them as they pulled in.

Emmy Jo giggled as she looked out her window at the dogs. “They’re sure excited today!”

“It’s finally warming up outside. I’m sure they’re just happy to be out with it not so cold!”

Parking beside his brother’s blue sedan, Cody got out and helped Emmy Jo down from the passenger seat.

Just then, Joe came out the front door.

Peering over, Cody saw his brother. “What are you still doing here?”

“Late start. You know how kids are.” His brother was a lanky man with dark brown hair and a smile always on his face. He walked down the steps outside the house and then over to Cody on the sidewalk, and they embraced with a hug and pat on the shoulder.

Cody smiled. “I think you have to wait until after the child is born to use that excuse, brother.”

Joe laughed. “I know, I’m just playing. Hey. By the way, I need you to cover for me next week at the grocery store. Can you do that?”

“Next week? I think I can swing it, but I do have that new construction project downtown. I probably need to pop in once in a while to see how things are going with that. Why? What’s going on? Candace on another vacation?”

Joe laughed lightly, shaking his head. “She actually quit this time.”

“Wow. That’s rough. Whatever days you need to have covered, just let me know, and I’ll make it happen.”

Patting Cody’s shoulder, Joe’s smile widened. “You’re a good brother. Remind me again about this new project?”

“You remember that hotel that had a fire a couple of months back?”

“The Crown Hotel? Yeah, it was a bad fire.”

“Yep. That’s what I’m working on. The guy who bought the place is up in Portland and has high hopes of turning it into a four-star hotel.” Cody ran and operated his own construction company. He had started the business shortly after Trisha had left in the hope that if she had left because of money, maybe she’d come back. He had done it ever since.

“It’ll be nice to get that eyesore fixed up.”

“Right? And he’s paying well, so that’s good too.”

“Absolutely. Hey. I’d better get to work. I have a mountain of resumes to sort through today.”

“This is Lincoln City. I doubt it’s a mountain.”

He laughed. “You’re right. It’s more like an anthill. Have a good day, Bro.”

“You too, Bro.”

Arriving down at the construction site of the renovation of The Crown Hotel in downtown Lincoln City, Cody checked in with his foreman, Hank.

“Waiting on that jackhammer rental to get dropped off so we can demo the floor in the main lobby. Should get that done today.”

“Great. What time is Skip bringing the jackhammer by?”

“He said one o’clock.”

“Okay. Great.”

After walking the site and greeting every person on the staff, he entered his work trailer on the sidewalk across the street from the hotel and ordered the supplies they needed from the lumber mill.

A knock sounded on his trailer door at around eleven o’clock.

“Come in.”

The door opened, and Amber walked in. Amber was the owner of the floral shop located half a block down the street from the hotel. They had met two months ago at a singles’ dance at the Elk Lodge. She, too, had a spouse run out on her, and they had shared a lot of conversations and coffee at One Fine Diner down on the boardwalk. Wallowing in pain, they had connected in a deep and meaningful way, yet they had only remained friends. Cody had no interest in her when it came to romance.

Startled, he turned much too quickly and bumped his coffee from his desk.

“Sorry. I didn’t mean to scare you.”

He grabbed a napkin as he shook his head and wiped the coffee from the desk. “No worries. What’s up, Amber?”

“I have a big order coming up in a couple of days for a wedding down on the beach. I was wondering if you might want to help me load them down there?”

“Where at?”

“Over at the Beach House Inn.”

“I’m kind of slammed with work lately.”

She blushed. “Sorry.”

“No, I’m sorry. I’ve not been that great of a friend to you lately. Just a lot going on.” Setting his coffee cup down on the desk, he pitched his napkin into the wastebasket beneath the desk. “How’s everything been going with you lately? We haven’t talked much lately. I know you had that would-be anniversary recently.”

“Yes, last month. It wasn’t an easy day for me, but I managed through it.” Smiling as she shook her head, she peered into Cody’s eyes. “I don’t know how you made it through everything while having a child at the same time. That had to be so hard.”

Cody flashed a wry smile. “Emmy Jo and God were my rock through the hard times. I couldn’t imagine making it through it all without them.”

“You’ve always had a faith I’ve always wanted, Cody.” She was quiet for a moment, then asked about him. “How have you been? Doing any dating?”

He let out a hearty laugh. “No. Well, I did go out on a date with Richelle Dunson. You remember her from high school?”

“The band nerd? She played the flute or something.” She laughed.

“Hey. Don’t be mean . . . It was a tuba!” He winked. “Seriously, though, it was a fine time, but . . . I think I’m just not going to look for love anymore. You know? If God wills for me to marry again and give Emmy Jo a mother in her life, I’ll wait for His timing and stop trying to force my own.”

“If you wait for the clouds to part and a loud voice to boom down from Heaven, saying, ‘This is the one, Cody,’ I’m afraid you’ll be waiting forever.”

“I would rather wait forever than fall in love with someone God doesn’t want me to be with and who’s just going to break my heart.”

“Sometimes, Cody, I think you’d rather be alone than risk your heart again.”

He grabbed his chest. “Ouch!” He laughed. “You pray for me, and I’ll pray for you. How about that, Amber?”

“Deal.” Turning toward the door to leave, she stopped and smiled back at him. “Tell Emmy Jo I said hi, okay?”

“Will do.”

As the door of the trailer closed, Cody thought of Amber a while longer. He didn’t understand why he wasn’t drawn romantically to her. Though she was beautiful inside and out, he just knew she wasn’t the one for him. Cody wasn’t sure if he’d ever remarry in his lifetime, but he did know one thing for sure. He had God, and he had his daughter, and that was good enough for him.

 

 

 

A Christian Romance Novel About Struggling To Trust God

Christian romance stories need to sometimes deal with the struggle people have in their faith 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 I know you will appreciate and love.

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:‎

B08GG7CYBY

Publisher‏:‎

Branch Publishing (September 3, 2020)

Publication date‏:‎

September 3, 2020

Language‏:‎

English

File size‏:‎

3207 KB

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Unlimited

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Supported