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The Missing Piece: Inspirational Love Story [Kindle Edition]

Carol McCormick
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Book Description

GOLD MEDAL WINNER: Reader's Favorite International Book Award for Christian Romance.

"Fresh dialogue, realistic characters, a powerful message. McCormick does a great job creating her characters and portraying the struggles they endure," The Romance Readers Connection.

How does a man pick up the pieces when his world crashes around him? Misplaced priorities shattered his marriage. Problems almost crushed him. Love motivated him to mend the damage, once he found all the pieces.

After only a few months of marriage, Lorraine left Dylan on a wintry night after he'd spent one too many nights out with the guys. Unable to cope with the loss, Dylan escapes the painful feelings by drinking them away. This decision costs him a year-and-a-half of his life after he stops in a little mountain town and ends up in the local jail. When he's released, he returns home in search of a job to get his life—and his wife back.

THE MISSING PIECE is not only a love story about a man who loves a woman, but is also a love story about a merciful God who loves mankind, even when he falls. The novel is an emotionally-charged journey of hope and redemption with a touch of spunk, a hint of humor, and a few twists along the way.





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"A real treat. Readers who delight in tales that focus on second chance relationships with the Lord and beloved humans will relish Carol McCormick's heartening novel" (FIVE STARS) Harriet Klausner, Amazon's #1 Hall of Fame Reviewer
 
"The Missing Piece is well-written story of Christian life and love that readers everywhere will enjoy" (FIVE STARS), Alice D., Readers' Favorite review  
 
"Inspiring and encouraging. Anyone who desires a restoration to their spirit should read The Missing Piece," Myshelf.com
 
"A wonderful, heartwarming Christian romance. This is definitely a story that I recommend to all lovers of Christian romance," Escape to Romance
 

From the Author

Carol McCormick is an international award-winning and bestselling author. She is also a certified personal trainer and a certified health coach through the American Council on Exercise, one of the top fitness organizations in the world.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1225 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Celestial Press; 2 edition (January 2, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 2, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006SP46GU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,461 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touched my heart November 8, 2011
By Deanne
Format:Paperback
This book is life changing with a touch of humor and insight into humanity. There were so many things that I could relate to from my own past. The description of heaven was truly inspirational. Although this book is fiction, I highly recommend it to anyone who desires a tranformation in their life.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat March 3, 2003
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In Fredonia, New York, Dylan Clark desperately needs to get his wife Lorraine back, but to do so he must change. However, before he can accomplish his life's quest, he knows he needs employment, but depressingly has no prospects having to count pennies to buy cigarettes. When he sees the note on a convenience store bulletin board that the Green Valley Christian Church seeks a custodian, he expects rejection, but instead Pastor Jacobson hires him.
The church congregation reaches out to Dylan inviting him to dinners, events, and Sunday services. Their outreach begins to provide solace to Dylan who begins to embrace Jesus though he still trips up like any human does. Though he still wants Lorraine at his side, Dylan has found comfort in the Lord. However, perhaps it is the mysterious ways, but an unconscious Dylan finally meets up with Lorraine in the hospital where she works at.
The key to this inspirational second chance at redemption novel is Dylan, who over the course of the plot learns what is really THE MISSING PIECE in his life. He starts off the tale with no hope tenuously clinging to one pathetic goal. Starting with the kindness of the Pastor, over time he begins to change and modifies his goals to something much loftier though he still wants Lorraine with him and he also takes backward steps on his journey. Readers who delight in tales that focus on second chance relationships with the Lord and beloved humans will relish Carol McCormick's heartening novel.
Harriet Klausner
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical Christian romance June 9, 2012
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I give this book three stars, because although it held my attention, nothing stood out from among the many other Christian fiction books I've read. My litmus test of a great book is one that you can't put down, and that you think about the characters as friends long after you are done. Honestly, after I finished this book, I had to work to remember the characters names.

It had it's good points: the main character struggles with addiction, and the author did a good job of portraying the consequences that follow addiction. I also liked how the author realistically portrayed the fact that even after giving his life to Jesus, the character still had to battle the intense desires of the flesh. So many Christian fiction writers act as if, after the character becomes a Christian, they no longer have any troubles or temptations.

The book was weak in some aspects of character development and detail. For example, our heroine obtained her nursing degree in 18 months? (Yes, I've very picky over accuracy of details). Also, at times I found the immaturity of the heroine annoying.

Overall, not a bad book. It's your typical, run-of-the-mill Christian fiction. I wouldn't read it again, but I also don't regret reading it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be a Hallmark movie! April 17, 2012
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I was so caught up in this book because it was so believable. I could re-read this book over and over. I read it on my Kindle and I had a hard time putting it down to take a break. Carol McCormick did a wonderful job of leading the story to the next scene. This would make a great Hallmark movie. I was so drawn in to the reality of what the characters are dealing with that you almost felt as though you were in the story. Bravo Carol!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bland writing style April 5, 2013
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Good story line but the writing leaves much to be desired. The writing style is bland. Unrealistic timeline and medical scenarios indicate the author does not research areas in which she has no knowledge or expertise.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rather boring at times January 4, 2013
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Gets rather boring and slow at times - I lost interest at one point and had a hard time getting thru the middle of the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Feels preachy to me March 16, 2012
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I love Christian fiction & Christian romance. But reading this book made me feel like I picked up a devotional rather than fun fiction. It's okay and I don't really regret reading it, but it wasn't that enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Christian love wins out in the end! November 30, 2012
By Hemac
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This is a fairly simple, gentle read about a Christian romance. A nice read and probably women would enjoy it more so than men. Unfortunately for me it was sorely in need of good editing and proof reading though
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars hope and true love. Carol McCormick is an incredibly talented author...
I was deeply touched by Dylan's struggles and triumphs and the lives of Dylan and Lorraine reinforced my belief in the power of faith, hope and true love. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alexandra Simons
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Unbelievable
The Missing Piece an Inspirational Romance is exactly that. There are lots of personal parables to remind the reader of their need for Jesus. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cindy_Huff
5.0 out of 5 stars well written and enjoyable read
I was looking for a light read after an intense season at my job. While this story is an easy read, it also has depth and reminds us all of the redemptive power of Christ. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Margaret Siemer
4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of us can relate to this story in many ways and how wonderful...
This was a very life changing story. A lot of us can relate to this story in many ways and how wonderful life could be if we change the way we do things. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cheryl Reincke
3.0 out of 5 stars Addiction to freedom
This book seemed to wander at first but finally got into the book subject. It is about a man's fighting off an addiction and walking wih The Lord
Published 12 months ago by boone
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast read
I wasn't sure about getting this book but it was a freebie so what the heck. I ENJOYED it. Easy reading, kept my attention.
Published 12 months ago by rlt
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read
Not only is this a good story, it is told in a precise way to help the reader in their own struggles. Best story I have read no curse words. Read more
Published 13 months ago by B. Adair
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
A wonderful book that shows God's great love and forgiveness for us. I really enjoyed this book! I recommend this book for all to read.
Published 15 months ago by Sharon Rudolph
2.0 out of 5 stars Narrator alert!
This book was ok. Just ok. But the narrator made is nauseating. He didn't do female voices well. He makes them sound like whining little girls. Really ruined it for me. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Wendy
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderfully crafted
This is a story of redemption and healing beautifully crafted. I love that it was written from the perspective of Dylan, a young man whose young wife leaves him for very good... Read more
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More About the Author

Carol McCormick is an international award-winning and bestselling author, a certified personal trainer, and a certified health coach through the American Council on Exercise, one of the top fitness organizations in the world. I'M HUNGRY! I'M BORED! was born out of her great concern for children and adults who struggle with weight-related personal and social issues.

She also began writing years ago after reading a ten-page story her grandmother wrote about growing up in the early 1900s. It was then that she began to write down her own stories to share with her daughters someday.

Later, she began to write as a way to draw herself and other people closer to the Lord. Carol writes for Christians to encourage them in their faith. She also writes for those who are unaware of God's grace, to show them how to connect to Him in order to experience His love and goodness. Her writing is applicable to life with its direct, yet sensitive, and oftentimes humorous messages and lessons.

Carol has been a speaker for Christian Women's Connection (Stonecroft Ministries International) for over fifteen years. She has also appeared on regional and Christian television programs and has been a guest on over fifty Christian and secular radio stations.

For more information visit: www.carolmccormick.com

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