Jackson Bell, aka Jeb, is a famous rock star. At the highest point of his sought-after career, he comes face-to-face with Jesus Christ, sending Jackson into a spin as he tries to determine how his new faith affects his life. One thing he knows, he has to take a bit of time off, and there’s only one place he can do that: Owatonna, Minnesota.
Laney Ryland, Jackson’s best childhood friend and the girl-next-door, has been taking care of his house between visits. She’s a staunch believer who’s lost her way, much to Jackson’s chagrin. Before he can grow in his own faith, he has to figure out how to bolster hers. Then he needs to find her a good Christian guy to marry. Somebody worthy of her.
Laney’s three great aunts own the bakery she operates. Known as The Three Graces, they have their own ideas about whom Laney should marry. And they’re not about to let anything stand in their way.
“Girl-next-door” is a standard trope in romance fiction, with the whole “not wanting to ruin the best friendship ever by admitting you’re (finally) in love.” I’ve seen it done many times, and I’m sure you have, too. I think it’s hard to bring freshness to it, but this story has that little something. Part of it comes in the form of the old ladies who, like children, can say nearly anything and get away with it. They’re a fun addition to this story.
After writing four mass-market paperbacks for Harlequin’s popular “Love Inspired” imprint, award-winning romance author Brenda Coulter has released a self-published e-book. Similar in style and tone to her previous novels but a satisfying one-third longer, Her Minnesota Man will make you laugh and cry. Download the free sample now!
I received a copy of this ebook from the author as thanks for critiquing an early version. The review, however, is voluntary and my opinion alone.