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Just Dessert(Ladies of Larkspur Book 2) Kindle Edition

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Length: 283 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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About the Author

Heather Gray authors the Ladies of Larkspur inspirational western romance series, including Mail Order Man, Just Dessert, and Redemption.  She also writes the Regency Refuge series: His Saving Grace, Jackal, and Queen - plus contemporary titles Ten Million Reasons and Nowhere for Christmas.  Aside from a long-standing love affair with coffee, Heather's greatest joys are her relationships with her Savior and family.  Heather loves to laugh, and this theme is prevalent in her writing where, through the highs and lows of life, her characters find a way to love God, embrace each day, and laugh out loud right along with her.
 
You can find Heather online at facebook.com/heathergraywriting, twitter.com/laughdreamwrite, and heathergraywriting.com. She can also be found most days at The Inspired Inkpot, a street team, prayer group, and all around awesome place to hang out - facebook.com/groups/theinspiredinkpot

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  • File Size: 794 KB
  • Print Length: 283 pages
  • Publisher: Clean Reads (September 9, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 9, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F2Z9X9M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,748 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Heather Gray is the author of the Ladies of Larkspur inspirational western romance series, including Mail Order Man, Just Dessert, and Redemption. She also writes the Regency Refuge series with titles His Saving Grace, Jackal, and Queen. But that's not all! Interested in contemporary Christian romance? Take a look at Ten Million Reasons and Nowhere for Christmas.

Heather loves coffee, God, her family, and laughter - not necessarily in that order! She writes approachable and flawed characters who, through the highs and lows of life, find a way to love God, embrace each day, and laugh out loud right along with her. And, yeah, her books almost always have someone who's a coffee addict. Some things just can't be helped!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Aimee Brown on November 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
To start off with, I think the cover makes this book seem A LOT sexier than it really is. This book is a inspirational historical romance and it has quite a bit of inspirational in it. I personally don't mind that, but you should be aware because the cover might put into my head a different kind of romance story.

This book had a slow, easy pace to it. I enjoyed the story and the characters. Mary is the glue that holds her family together. She works so hard to maintain a home and take care of her siblings. She is their protector and care giver. Mary holds quite a bit of bitterness toward her community and her God. She feels both abandoned her in her time of greatest need.

Grady swoops in and saves the day. But not in a superman kind of way. He is gentle and unassuming. He shows up and works. He holds to his commitments. He gains trust and helps to transform a family. Grady is a man.

I love historical fiction and that's mostly what this is. The romance is light and sweet. The story made me want to eat pie. Strawberry pie to be exact. I wish I had a big slice of that sitting in front of me right now! :)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Betty best on December 13, 2013
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I loved this book. Life is never perfect, and people learn to cope in their own ways. I loved this double love story. Ii is about two people finding each other, and also about God's love and plan for us. Actually, I fell in love with each of the siblings as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Murrell on June 5, 2014
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Mary and her siblings need a way to get away from their abusive father. So she plans to make a pie for the pie auction at the church. The man that buys her pie is about to get a marriage proposal. He will also be taking on four younger siblings. But her father arrives, drunk and angry, and ruins her plans. But a young man, Grady, who is visiting his grandparents overhears. He works all summer befriending the family and trying to find ways to make their situation bearable. But can he walk away when the summer is over and he must return home?

This book is Christian fiction. For some reason I wasn't sure by the cover. It just didn't seem like the typical Christian fiction book covers I'm use to seeing. But cover aside, this was a sweet book. It's a clean, heartwarming romance that is about faith, trust, family, and love. I will be checking out future books by this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlene L. Amsden on July 24, 2014
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Heather Gray is an excellent writer and an even better storyteller. I read this book from (digital) cover-to-cover in one day. Gray does an excellent job of creating distinct personalities and bring each of her characters to life. I am giving the book only 4 stars because -- even though pie was pretty much a main character in the book -- I felt that the title was forced, and making it fit the story added a jarring note to an otherwise perfect ending. (I'm overly picky, I know, but I just hate it when something distracts me as I am heaving a happily-ever-after sigh.)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donna L. Lohman on February 6, 2014
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Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down! Fun to read. Much of the farm information was correct! My kudos to the Ms. Gray for doing her research! She has a great imagination and you feel like you are there in midst of the story! I have read both of her books in print, and I am anxiously awaiting for when another comes out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wanda Barefoot on April 23, 2014
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Larkspur, Idaho Territory - 1878

"He glanced down to see Lizzie standing there. She didn't say a word and kept her gaze focused straight ahead the entire time but she stayed right there by his side. Grady reached out a hand, and she placed hers, small and timid, into his large work-roughened one.

Gigi and the boys had already raced ahead. By the time Lizzie and Grady reached the front door, everyone else was seated and waiting for them. Holding the door open for Lizzie, he gently squeezed her hand. He felt the lightest return pressure before she let go of him and went to her seat. His heart constricted. Maybe he'd imagined the whole thing. Smiling to himself, he decided she couldn't have squeezed his hand. She'd been to busy reaching right inside his chest to squeeze his heart."

I love historical fiction and this book is a great example of why I love it so much. Things were much simpler in 1878. Neighbor helped neighbor, families stuck together and God was often at the center of it all. In the case of Mary Fitzgerald and her brothers and sisters, they had fallen away from God after their mother died because of the abuse and mistreatment of their father. Mary was the oldest at seventeen and she always took the beatings that were meant for her siblings in order to protect them. She was like a mother hen protecting her flock and I admired her strength and determination. But she also had a great mistrust of God and people. She felt her family had been abandoned by God and wanted nothing to do with him. It was so great to see her relationship with God change and evolve into something tangible.

Grady Carlisle, on the other hand, had been a believer his whole life and the only thing holding him back from a relationship with Mary was her unbelief.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rita on May 24, 2014
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This story of a brutal alcoholic father's effect on his five children was very well-written. Having been in a similar situation in an abusive marriage I recognized the secrecy, the struggle to survive, to trust and the tendency to blame God. The characters were well-done. The oldest daughter, Mary, feels responsible for her younger siblings. The five of them unite together to survive and protect each other. Grady, a neighbor's grandson, discovers the terrible life these children are living and takes time to find ways to help them be independent and self-supporting. The journey Mary takes as her crushed spirit learns to trust again and Grady's consistent stand for Christ made an interesting historical romance showing how Gos's love can heal
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