Abbilene loses her husband and her dreams in the fire that destroys the flour mill. The town is crying out for answers, and the Mayor promises justice. During the reading of her husband’s will, Abbilene’s faith is tested when she discovers the true depths of his betrayal. She will inherit the mill and the money to rebuild as long as she adopts his son, left in an orphanage in San Francisco. The son no one knew existed. How can she love a child her husband fathered with another woman?
Tucker Manning, childhood friend and Sheriff, is ordered by the Mayor to uncover the truth of the explosion that took eight lives. He doesn’t believe the rumors around town about Abbilene and Sterling, her husband’s cousin. Could the woman he grew up with have planned and plotted to get rid of her husband and inherit the mill? The past has shown him that some women aren’t to be trusted, but Abbie is different. Isn’t she?
There are those who do not want the mill rebuilt and seek to stop Abbie at all costs. Even if that means harming a child. With Tucker at her side, they must retrieve the child and return home to finalize his adoption.
What readers are saying:
This was a good clean story with lots of action and Christian morals. I hope there is more about Shep and Maggie’s story.
Loved the story line, with a little mystery mixed in, shows God is in control if we’d listen.
From the USA Today bestselling author of The Lewis Legacy Series and The Treasured Vow Series, PORTRAIT is Book One in The Grantham-Michaels Series. An enchanting novel, you’ll be quickly drawn into this deeply etched and vividly drawn story filled with multifaceted and complex characters whose lives intersect in unexpected and fascinating ways which could only be woven together by a loving heavenly Father.
Once upon a time, when she believed in fairy tales, ten-year-old Lianna Chandler had a dream. As the princess of a faraway land, she stood by the shoreline at sunset as her prince galloped toward her on a magnificent white horse. Now, sixteen years later and happily prince-less, Lianna co-manages an art gallery and is a promising portrait artist in the charming land of Carmel-by-the-Sea. When she meets Evan Michaels, a man who embodies the handsome prince of her childhood dream, can she move away from past heartbreak to embrace her own happily ever after?
Evan Michaels learned early on that life wouldn’t hand him anything. Using his fists and street smarts, he fought his way out of a bad childhood to make his own way in the world. With divine help, he’s now a partner in an international shipping firm based in San Francisco. Although he’s proven himself to the world, something is still missing. When he meets the beautiful Lianna Chandler, Evan believes he’s found the woman of his dreams…until he takes a phone call that could change everything. Will the secrets and shame of Evan’s past come tumbling down around them, leaving their love in ashes?
What readers are saying:
This story combined so many wonderful parts of life that it touches you on so many different levels. From the fairy tale romance, the real life encounters, the tragedy of childhood illness, the delayed bonding of brothers, and the visions of God’s true love for us woven throughout…. I’m not sure how this story can be topped.
A work of art!
Her best book yet!