Jess Colton gave his life to the Lord but failed to surrender an old habit. Fueled by alcohol, he spent the night with a former girlfriend, ignoring his Christian principles. Convicted of his wrong doing, he quit drinking, but discovered another addiction. Now he can't manage his life as his weight soars and diabetes threatens to claim him. Jess is baffled when the beautiful Holly Harrison declares her love.
Holly lived to please herself. But everything changed when a deadly motorcycle accident altered her life forever. Nowhere else to turn, she looked to God for answers. Now, she's convinced no man will want her. She doesn't plan on falling in love with the handsome Jess Colton, seeing pat his bulk to the godly, tender man within. When Jess drives a wedge between them, she loses hope of a future with him.
Can Holly overcome her fear of Jess discovering her handicap? Will Jess find control over his eating and his life?
Holly reached down and untied the shoe string of her left tennis shoe. Could she really do this?
"What are you doing?" His questioning look accelerated the nervous pangs in her stomach.
Holly lifted a restraining hand to him and continued her work. With an unsteady grip, she pulled her sock off exposing the curved metal of her prosthetic limb.
Jess stared, his eyes the size of large plates. "Oh, good Lord, Holly. What happened?"
Holly folded her jeans up to her knee exposing the entire device. She released the suction holding the hollow plastic casing over her knee stump and removed the entire leg, setting it next to the couch.
Her heart thundered as she dared a glance at Jess.
He sat motionless, his eyes wide open. "Why didn't you tell me?"
"Because I thought you'd reject me if you knew. Now do you see? You're not the only one with a flawed body." Holly leaned back against the couch, her stub barely meeting the end of the seat. Her palms were like ice. She took the risk and showed him. No turning back now. He'd always know.
Jess's voice was barely a whisper. "You haven't told too many people."
B "No. Only my family and Dr. Murphy know. Zack, too. I was riding on the back of his motorcycle when the accident happened."
"Holly, I don't know what to say." He gazed at her with woeful blue eyes.
She wiped away another stream of endless tears. "After I came to know you, I figured you'd love me in spite of it. That's the kind of man you are. I didn't know how to tell you until now."
Jess eased off the couch and slowly knelt in front of her. He folded her jeans a little higher, gazed at her with eyes of love and compassion, then bent down.
He lowered his lips to the stub and kissed it, then gazed up at her again.
"I can't believe you did that. I love you for it."
Jess blinked, a grimace painted on his face. With a groan, Jess moved back onto the couch with her. He slid his arms around her. "You're right. It would've made no difference in how I feel about you, but this makes things even more difficult."
Posted by Nancee Marchinowski on 10th Feb 2013
As Jess Colton overcame his addiction to alcohol he developed a strong faith in God. Unfortunately the addiction to alcohol was replaced by an addiction to overeating. His resulting obesity threatens not only his life but his career. His poor self image is fueled by rude and insensitive comments and degrading looks from others, including his own father.
Holly Harrison has a past that haunts her, and a sister who routinely reminds her of that fact. A past motorcycle accident left her with a partial leg amputation, creating the need for her to wear a prosthesis. She had strayed from her Christian beliefs and hadn't attended church in several years. Her disability and lack of faith resulted in the belief that she isn't worthy of love.
Holly and Jess meet when stuck in an elevator in their apartment building. Holly panics and Jess comforts her and prays with her. Holly leans on Jess, and in a weak moment promises Jess she will attend church with him if they are ever released from their "prison." Holly is attracted to his beautiful blue eyes and warm and comforting personality, and during their emprisonment Holly and Jess become friends. As their friendship blossoms into a relationship, the challenges of their respective disabilities become obstructions which threaten their happiness and possible future together.
June Foster has broached numerous sensitive topics in "Give Us This Day," issues of addiction, obesity, disabilities, prejudice, dysfunctional families and loss of Christian faith. These topics are presented in a very open and insightful manner. Her characters are believable and their obstacles are realistically portrayed through events with which many readers can identify. The openness regarding these topics may be helpful to readers who struggle with some of the issues discussed in this book. The progression through insecurities and addiction in this book are impressive.
Posted by Cindy Loven on 5th Feb 2013
Bellewood Book One
Desert Breeze Publishing, Inc.
It all began in an elevator. A stuck elevator. Holly Harrison, noticed that the chubby man in the elevator with her had the kindest face she has ever seen, and once they were stuck, she realized he was truly a kind man. Jess Colton, was a handsome man, and a kind man, taking the stuck elevator situation under control, he kept Holly calm by praying with her and by getting them help. Score one for Jess!
A promise made during the situation brings Jess and Holly back together, as she attends church with him, just like she promised God she would during her panic stricken moments stuck in the elevator. Attending church however opens Holly up to the relationship she once had with God and makes her realize that she is missing that relationship. A face-your-issues and deal-with-your-problems style novel, this story finds Jess and Holly both facing the issues in life that keep them bound in their own type of prisons. Prisons that are self-imposed, and that are also imaginary, ones they don't seem to be able to break out of. This is a heart-warming story of overcoming our issues, and moving forward. Solving our problems and finding love. A story that will not disappoint. 320 pages 4 stars! Available in e-book format from your favorite seller of e-books.
This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
Posted by Anne Baxter Campbell on 4th Feb 2013
Jess Colton, the hero in this book, is a flawed human being. Jess meets the heroine, Holly Harrison, in a stuck elevator in the upscale Seattle apartment building they both call home. Jess works to calm the panicky woman as he summons help from the apartment manager.
Holly is impressed with this gentle man. She looks through his size to the warm heart and begins to feel an attraction. She trusts him--but not with her secret--or secrets. No one knows them but her sister and her former boyfriend. And even he doesn't know the worst part of her secret.
Jess's overeating is hard to hide--he's huge. When he's around Holly, he restrains himself, but when she's not, he cannot. The sweets call to him with a siren song that he can't resist.
Both of them have well-meaning families who try to "help" them. Jess's father and sister constantly berate him about his weight, offering not only criticism but way too many suggestions. Holly's sister constantly reminds her of past sins and that God couldn't possibly love her or forgive her. The problem is that both Jess and Holly believe what they're told.
It takes a deadly crisis to bring them both around. But I'm not going to tell you what it is--you'll have to buy the book yourself to find out what happens...