Small Town collection
Small Town collection
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If you love Christian romance, you'll love this collection by Award winning and USA Today Best Selling author Lorana Hoopes. 11 Christian romances to keep you satisfied for hours.
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Begin the journey with Max and Layla. He's loved her forever, but will he ever get the chance to tell her?
Then continue with the story with Brandon and Presley in When Love Returns. He's returned only to help his father out, but when he runs into his best friend from high school, will their love finally get the chance to bloom?
Next, you'll meet Audrey as she returns home, a failed relationship in her past and a child in her future. Blake was her friend in high school, but will he get to show her how much he cares now that she's home?
Finally, you'll meet Lanie and Azarius. After her divorce is finalized, she makes a mistake with Azarius, but can he show her that his love is true?
Plus, you'll meet a set of quirky characters sure to charm you and draw you in. Journey to Star Lake with Award Winning and USA Today best selling author Lorana Hoopes and enjoy these heartwarming stories of second chances and true love.
Max pulled at his blue and red striped tie again. He hated ties. Hated the look of them with their perfect knots and pointy ends and hated the way they felt around his neck like they were cutting off his air supply. A sadist must have invented them, someone who liked feeling like they had a noose around his neck all the time. Someone who didn’t know the comfort of a well-worn flannel shirt with the top two buttons undone and plenty of room for his neck to breathe.
He never wore ties or dress shirts even, and he couldn’t believe he was wearing them today. Scratch that. He couldn’t even believe he was here today. Sitting in an uncomfortable folding chair surrounded by people he didn’t want to talk to. Even the hum of their muted conversations annoyed him. He’d rather be anywhere else, but Layla was his friend and it would have been rude not to be here.
The problem was… It should be him at the front of the church. Not that he wanted to be wearing a silly monkey suit and flashing a fake smile at all the people in the congregation, but he wanted to be the one marrying Layla. He had since they were in high school, but he’d never gotten the courage to tell her.
Prom night had been the closest he’d come. Of course, she’d gone with Bruce Bollinger, captain of the basketball team - Star Lake was too small to even have a football team - but Bruce had left her in the middle of the dance floor to talk to some cheerleader from a neighboring town who had crashed their dance with a group of her friends. His heart had broken for her that night as he saw her freeze in the middle of the dance floor like a deer in headlights.
Max had swooped in and led her off to a secluded corner. He had offered his shoulder to cry on, and she’d accepted, soaking his jacket with her tears and filling his nose with the sweet scent of her shampoo. He wanted to tell her how he felt then, but it hadn’t seemed right. Not with her heart so newly trampled.
So, instead, he’d held her until her tears stopped. Then he’d danced with her and joked with her and told himself he’d get the chance to tell her how he felt soon. He’d walked her home in the moonlight, trying to ignore the romantic setting and fighting the urge to kiss her as she stared at him under the soft porch light.
“Thank you, Max,” she’d said as she inserted her key in the front door. “I appreciate you being there for me. I must be a terrible judge of character. It’s a good thing I’m swearing off men.” And then she’d entered the house and closed the door. He’d walked home that night wondering how he could convince her that he wasn’t like the other men she’d dated but coming up with no answer.
A few months later, she’d begun seeing someone new, and after graduation, she’d decided she wanted to see the world. With him. Max’s heart had broken for the second time.
He was comfortable in Star Lake. He’d been born here, and he was a homebody. He liked working in the diner his father had opened. He enjoyed the slower pace of small-town life. He had no desire to go and see the world. What he saw on television - though he rarely watched it - was enough for him, and so he’d said goodbye to the woman he loved without telling her.
Lorana Hoopes is a USA Today Best Selling Author and now an Award Winning Author as well. She's had two books earn a Page Turner Award Finalist badge and she recently won the Reader's Favorite Book Award for Romantic Suspense.