The young fraternity man who coaxed Jillian Coleman upstairs that night is a blur in her memory. Now she lives with the guilt of aborting her baby. God might forgive her, but she can't. As Bellewood's premier gynecologist, she wants to open the Jeremiah House as an abortion alternative for teen girls. Though the handsome and successful Dr. Jett Camp proposes marriage, he believes her plan is a waste of her skills.
Riley Mathis spent ten years in jail for dealing drugs. Now as a Christian, he's trying to put his life back together. Working as a janitor at night, he attends college by day. When he meets Dr. Coleman, he recognizes her from the sapphire necklace she wore the night he stole something precious from her. When she confesses the choice she made to abort her baby, Riley can't tell her he's the father of her child.
Riley didn't want to stare, but the tall lady with shoulder length auburn hair and aquamarine-blue eyes looked familiar. Hmm, where have I seen her before? Something about her face…
She strolled toward Tammy, then set the gifts on the first table now covered with a white cloth.
Oh, man, I've got to stop gawking at her. This was ridiculous, but her presence bugged him. She must be someone…from his past. Someone who was more than an acquaintance.
Tim grasped four unneeded folding chairs and hauled them to where the others were stacked. Three more chairs rested against the wall between the food table and the kitchen a few feet from Tammy who chatted with the woman.
If Riley wanted to take those chairs to the back with the others, he had to walk right by them. Steeling his nerves, he gawked at his tennis shoes as he trudged across the tile. Then he froze in place. A sapphire necklace on the lady's throat glistened with the rays from the ceiling lights.
As if a magnet drew him, Riley inched closer, first staring at her beautiful face, then allowing his gaze to travel down her neck with the blue sapphire surrounded by a row of diamonds hanging from a silver chain. How many other necklaces were like that one? It had to be a one-of-a-kind. Dear Lord. Surely not. He swallowed the groan that tried to escape his throat. She couldn't be the same person from that night so long ago, the girl who wore an identical necklace. Could she? The innocent girl he'd shown no regard for -- who'd only represented another conquest.
He'd never forget. How could he? The necklace had preyed upon his dreams for years. Riley couldn't calm his quivering hands.
Again he peered at the jewelry gracing her long white throat. When he looked up, to his dismay, the shapely woman glared at him.
Someone grasped his arm. "Hey, Riley. You're slacking off." Tim tugged his elbow.
Squeezing his eyes shut didn't help sweep away the cobwebs from his past.
Posted by Anne Baxter Campbell on 25th Apr 2013
Thank you, June Foster, for another sweet love story with such a wonderful message.
What chance does a maintenance man with a rocky past have with a beautiful doctor?
Worse, what chance would he have if she finds out he was the one who... Oh, Lord, does he have to tell her that?
Riley Mathis would love to ask Jillian Coleman out, but realizes he just doesn't have a prayer with this woman who has a doctorate. Besides, she already has a boyfriend, an autocratic, possessive man, also a doctor, who looks down his nose at mere maintenance people at the hospital where they all work.
In fact, for an obstretician, he seems to be particularly lacking in compassion for the patients and their babies. He puts other people down--including Jillian--if they disagree with him or get in his way.
Jillian thinks he might propose soon. Should she accept? He's handsome and wealthy, but he's said some things that make her think he's not the Christian she had thought he was--if at all.
Can Riley influence her? Will Jillian wise up and dump this heartless creep? It's difficult to say. Maybe you should buy the book to find out.
Posted by Jettie Parrish on 29th Mar 2013
Published by Desert Breeze Publishing, inc
And available through their website
Bellewood Series, Book 3
A 5 Star Book!!!
Jillian Coleman spent 10 years regreting a decision that she made as an 18 year old, in college. She went to medical school and is now a doctor, delivering babies and taking care of mother's to be. But the one baby she cannot save is the one she aborted all those years ago. Now she wants to start a free clinic for pregnant teens and help them to make the decision to give the baby up for adoption, instead of having an abortion.
Riley Mathis is an x con, 6 months out of prision, where he spent 10 years paying for his crimes of selling and using drugs. He found God during his time there, and finds a church, where he can do outreach work, helping those kids that are so like the ones he sold drugs to, in his former life. He also regrets the way he treated a girl while he was in college, a one night stand, who he never saw again.
2 people with lots of regrets and heartaches, who, even though God has forgiven them, they have yet to forgive themselves..
I think one of the reasons this book drew me in so completely, is I know a girl (well, actually more than one) who had an abortion, thinking that was the fastest and best way to rid themselves of an unwanted pregnancy, only to regret it, and wonder what the baby was, and what would it have been, for the rest of their life. I am sure, had they given the baby up for adoption, they would have wondered where the baby was, but at least they would have known that the child was alive.
June Foster has written a very enlightening book, and I feel that the whole series is well worth the time and cost to purchase. If I were still in touch with the woman mentioned, who aborted her child, I'd give this book to her, to let her know God will forgive her, even if she hasn't forgiven herself.
I was given an ecopy of this book to read and review, no other compensation was given. I am not required to write a positive review, and all opinions expressed here are my own
Posted by Cindy Loven on 29th Mar 2013
June Foster is not afraid to tackle the issues. Head on! She doesn't back down from the issues and her writing portrays the conviction that her stories are stories to be shared. Head on, this book deals with the aftermath and destruction that abortion brings to the life of young women. She shares with us the extent that doing and dealing drugs, can destroy a life. But the most important part of the book is the fact that God redeems and forgive all of these issues. That his redeeming power can lift a person out of the self condemnation people often place on themselves. I loved this story. A beautiful story of God's redemptive love! This book is wonderfully written and choices and issues are dealt with, in a Godly manner. A thought
provoking, heart moving story. Most definitely a 5 star story.
Posted by Nancee Marchinowski on 25th Mar 2013
Jillian Coleman, respected obstetrician, and Riley Mathis, felon for selling drugs, are both seeking a means to an end. Jillian is carrying a heavy load of guilt from past circumstances that ultimately reveal an unexpected connection to Riley. He has suffered pain and guilt from his difficult past, though during his imprisonment he became a Christian. Jillian is actively involved in her church, and she and Riley are teamed in a mission outreach program, ministering to teens caught in a world of drugs. Their goals are to direct teens to a better way of life through Christ. Riley's commitment to witness to drug users is as strong as Jillian's desire to reach out in Christian mercy to young women seeking abortions. Their concomitant compassion for others develops into eventual communication regarding their dreams as well as their past secrets.
Some difficult topics are broached in this multi-layered story. Issues dealing with the affects of alcohol and drugs are used to exemplify resultant circumstances affecting those involved, and the damage that ensues. Exploitation is an issue that arises from a relationship between Jillian and a fellow obstetrician who views Jillian as a potential partner in his pursuit of fame and prosperity. The topic of rape and unrestrained physical attraction are used in connection with resultant unwanted pregnancies and sought-after abortions.
June Foster is very talented in her ability to weave a multitude of controversial topics in a positive direction by the use of characters strong in Christian faith and compassion for others. Abuses, resultant circumstances, and final outcomes regarding these issues are developed and resolved with tact and a depth of feeling. This book is the third in the Bellewood series. I have read the two preceding books, and highly recommend the series. There is beauty in adversity throughout these stories that generates satisfying and fulfilling conclusions.