Books by Christa

The Sweet River Redemption Series:

The Broken Trail, At the Crossroad, The Redemption Road

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Katherine Grant takes the job at Sweet River Christian Academy hoping a small town in the wilderness of Maine will be a vacation from her high-powered career and a break from the emotional toll of the secrets she has buried deep. With the school director on a power trip and evidence of shady dealings, there’s nothing relaxing about it. Maybe it would be easier if she wasn’t so distracted by Captain MacAlister, the local cop she can’t get along with, yet can’t get out of her head. She didn’t trek up to the middle of nowhere to lose her heart. Mac doesn’t need the kind of trouble he believes Katherine will bring. He’s got enough to deal with from poachers to drug crime. Mac has rules to maintain his faith, like avoiding the pull of an attractive woman who doesn’t fit his life. But when he meets Katherine, he’s drawn in by her intelligence and strength, despite getting burned by her quick temper. When near tragedy strikes, Katherine reveals her feelings, and Mac doesn’t hesitate to respond. If only their scars, both seen and unseen, didn’t threaten to tear them apart. Two wary hearts must soften and two steel wills bend if they have any hope of making it down the broken trail to love.

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At The Crossroad

From the day Erin said ‘I Do’ to Jimmy Sullivan until long after his death, life hasn’t been easy. Determined to make up for her early mistakes Erin runs herself ragged, working long hours, volunteering for everything, denying herself so long as her kids have what they need. But it’s never enough. At the school where she works she’s looked down on by the wealthy parents and challenged by the school board. Life has taught her not to hope for good things, to keep bracing for the next hit. But there is one good thing she can’t ignore, one good man she can’t help but yearn for. Despite her sometimes sarcastic wit, and her habit of meeting life face to face, she is painfully shy around him thinking how could she ever be good enough for a man of God.

Dan Connors became the pastor of Calvary Bible Church when his mother’s stroke landed him back in the states from India. He never planned to be a church pastor. He’d answered God’s call to missions when he was still in college, remaining single to devote his whole self to it. Without that call he feels adrift. No one seems to notice his struggle, no one save Erin, who despite her shyness is the only one to offer to help. As she quietly works her way into his life he begins to open up to her, to care for her.

Just as they start down the road to something more than friendship an old friend of Dan’s arrives to blow it all apart with an offer, a return to the mission field. Dan is tempted by the echo of the call he used to feel so keenly. Erin has to place her faith in God’s Providence as the man she has fallen in love with stares down a crossroad that may take him from her forever.

Coming October 2017

 

The Redemption Road

A year ago Annie Caldwell drove into Sweet River, Maine and fell in love. The town was everything she was hoping for in her quest to restart her life. Now with a successful coffee shop/book store and a part-time job as librarian at the local school, she has everything she was hoping for, almost. Shy by nature and an introvert to boot, she’s had trouble making friends. One friend in particular she’d like to make is Alex Moretti, the district game warden. Alex is tall and handsome, but it’s not his looks that draw her. No, she can see he’s a kindred spirit and something else, haunted.  Annie wants to know his story more than she wants just about anything, but Alex is a closed book.

Alex joined the wardens hoping to find some peace in the woods. Instead he’s found that the demons dogging him made the move too. He decided long ago that there was no way to redeem his past, he just has to endure it. The one place he finds solace is in the company of Annie, shy, quiet, lovely Annie. He knows he can’t have a relationship with her, not a real one, not with his past. Instead, he settles for showing up at her shop at the crack of dawn every morning, sitting in the quiet with her nearby. The few times she speaks to him, suggesting a book or even discussing the weather, are the highlight of his day. Since that’s all he can have, he’s taking it. It’s peace enough.

But that peace does not last. Someone is leaving mysterious warnings at Alex’s house, his truck, and alarmingly, with Annie. He’s not sure if it’s an old enemy or some new threat and he doesn’t know why they’re targeting Annie. Instead of listening to him and laying low, Annie seems willing to put her life on the line to help him. Alex has to find a way to fight his demons and this new threat or it may be Annie that pays the price.

Release Date Pending

 

Summer's Sweet

Summer’s Sweet Embrace – Short Story Anthology

August, 2015

The Beach Rose:

Annie Thomas can’t believe her good luck when she inherits the family’s beach house in Oceanside, Maine.  It’s one of the few places she was truly happy so she sells everything she owns, quits her job, and moves in hoping that her new business, The Beach Rose, will bring in enough money to let her live up there year round.  But on her first day things aren’t as easy or as simple as she’d hoped.  To cap it off she discovers that her best new client is actually the boy she had a huge teenage crush on.  So much for rekindling a summer romance.

For Craig, Annie was everything he wanted when he was a geeky seventeen year-old.  Now that he’s pushing forty and the owner of half the real estate in town, he wants another shot at convincing her that he’s everything she needs.  He didn’t count on her owning the business he just signed a contract with though.  Craig has to find a way to help Annie’s struggling business without her knowing it since anything else would push her further away and that’s the last thing he wants.  Together they may get a second chance for a summer romance.