The Heart's Forgiveness by Merrillee Whren

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Raising daughters wasn't easy for a single dad, especially when one daughter was a troubled teen with questionable friends. So Grady Reynolds moved his family to small- town Pinecrest, Washington, hoping for a fresh start. Instead he found a reminder of the past: Maria Sanchez, his late wife's friend.

Maria's life was busy, filled with mission trips and a job at her friend's charitable foundation. Helping Grady regain his lost faith should have been fairly easy for her. After all, they were neighbors and coworkers. Except Grady wasn't ready to give or receive forgiveness— or love.

 

About Merrillee Whren

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Merrillee was born on her mother's birthday, July 3. Sharing birthdays seems to run in her family. Her two daughters were born a year apart on June 18, the birthday of a great-great grandfather. Her girls are now grown. The older one lives in Baltimore and the younger one in Boston.Not long after she was born in Rapid City, South Dakota, her parents moved to Helena, Montana. This would be the first of many moves in her life. While growing up, she also lived in Billings, Montana, and Huron, South Dakota. She graduated from high school while her family lived in Spokane, Washington. She went back to Huron, South Dakota, to attend Dakota Bible College. Then she went on for more schooling at Milligan College in Tennessee. After graduating, she got a teaching job near Cincinnati, Ohio, where she met her husband two years later. They were married on Valentine's Day and had their wedding reception in Loveland, Ohio. No wonder Merrillee became a romance writer.Her many moves as a child prepared her well for life with her husband. They started their married life in Greenfield, Ohio. Merrillee taught elementary school and her husband was a pharmacist at the local pharmacy. However, his work would eventually take them on a journey from small-town Ohio where their girls were born, to the cities of Atlanta, Boston, Dallas and Chicago. When her husband decided to start his own company, they moved to a resort area in Florida, a vacation paradise with the beach, tennis and golf right out her back door or just down the street. When Merrillee is not writing, she enjoys walking on the beach, playing tennis or doing a little yard work.Living in so many different places has given Merrillee the opportunity to visit all fifty states. She traveled to her last state several years ago when she and her husband celebrated their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary with an Alaskan cruise. Now maybe you're wondering where her writing fits into all that moving and traveling. The moves have given her a lot of settings for her stories, and the chance to meet many other writers through the chapters of Romance Writers of America located in each place they lived.Merrillee wrote her first novel and shared it with her friends when she was in high school, but many years passed before she thought about writing anything with publication in mind. In 1984, after reading dozens of romances, Merrillee decided to write one of her own. How hard could that be? Twenty years worth of writing taught her how hard the publishing business can be. During those years of writing, rewriting, lots of rejections and unkind critiques, there were numerous times when she was ready to quit--but she didn't. Through that time, Merrillee believes God was teaching her a lesson in perseverance. He was also teaching her to give her writing over to His will. Because Merrillee kept writing even when the hope of selling seemed far away, in July of 2003, Merrillee won the Golden Heart Award presented by Romance Writers of America for her inspirational romance manuscript, A Place To Call Home. Merrillee didn't sell that Golden Heart winner, but on February 20, 2004, Merrillee got "THE CALL" and sold a different manuscript. The Heart's Homecoming will be published by Steeple Hill for their Love Inspired line in August 2005.
 
Published December 27, 2010 by Steeple Hill Love Inspired. 249 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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