On this Valentine’s Day, we’d love to share with you several of our romance books and special Valentine’s Day snippets.
Her Traitor’s Heart by Colleen Hall
In this scene, Clint and Coral are enjoying the privacy of a shady glade during a horseback ride. Holding Coral in an embrace, Clint has just confessed to her that she has stolen his heart and that she holds his heart in her hands. Coral can’t believe Clint could love her, when he could choose any other woman instead of her.
Clint and Coral are just experiencing the wonder of newly-discovered love. All of us can remember the breathless excitement of a shared new love. Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to reflect on love when it was new, as well as to savor the blessings of a love that has ripened with the years.
Coral shook her head, marveling that Clint should confess she held his heart. “How is this possible? I have nothing to offer you.”
His arm squeezed, crushing her against him. “Not so. When I look at you, I see a woman of great courage who fought to save her home when the task seemed impossible. You selflessly cared for your dying mother. You were more concerned about the welfare of your servants and others less fortunate than you. You have much to offer any man.”
When Hearts Collide by Sara Beth Williams
In this scene, Lacey and Jay are on a Valentine’s Day picnic by the American River. Jay is showing Lacey a notebook, in which he’s made a list of goals for himself to complete.
“Lacey studied the list, which spanned a few pages. After reading the first page, she glanced up at him with a grin. “We’ve done a lot of these things together.” He nodded once, his head resting against the palm of his hand. “Ice skating, bike riding, going out to ice cream, going to the river, eating out at a nice restaurant…” A gust of wind blew through her hair and ruffled the pages of the notebook. She smoothed them open again. “You never did any of these things when you were younger? Not even with foster families?”
He wagged his head. “I saw movies sometimes, but we never saw plays or went camping or to the beach or anything,” There wasn’t time for any of that. Life was hard on them. Money enough to get by, but never quite enough to get ahead.
He readjusted, sitting upright again. “I never had the money to take girls out to ice cream or restaurants. I didn’t hang out with that kind of crowd anyway. If I went out, it was to a party to get drunk.”
“I didn’t know you used to drink… Why didn’t you have money? Didn’t you say you worked during high school?”
He exhaled slowly, carefully, an itching fear climbing up his spine. “I had a job at a library, yeah, but it was only part-time. Before I was old enough to work, I ran with the wrong kind of people, and was invited to a lot of parties, even at such a young age.” He pushed back the acid-like feelings of disgust. He hated thinking about the old him, the old way of life. I am a new creation in Christ. “But I stopped all that. I never want to go back to that kind of lifestyle again.”
The pinch between her brows inferred she seemed doubtful of the details of his story—and much too curious. He clamped his mouth shut again, lest he carry on a bigger lie. This was not why he had brought the notebook to show her.
What, did you think she wouldn’t have questions for you?
With a mental fist, he pounded down the doubts, pushed the notebook aside, and cradled her in his arms. Her fresh, familiar scent of coffee, and a hint of watermelon shampoo mingled with the smell of earth around them.
Blast From Her Past by Katy Eeten
Sometimes love slowly builds over time. Sometimes it comes out of nowhere and catches us by surprise. For Grant and Sydney, it’s a little bit of both. They reconnect fourteen years after high school graduation, and while Grant is confident they are meant to be together, Sydney takes a lot more convincing. Especially since her life has taken some unexpected twists, and it’s hard to see past Grant’s former bullying ways. Can Grant help Sydney see that finding true love is worth taking a leap of faith?
Sydney laughed. “You don’t need to apologize. I think you’ve done an amazing job with this place. It’s unrecognizable, really.”
“Hmm.” Grant leaned over to put his glass on the coffee table. “Kind of like you.”
“What do you mean?”
“Unrecognizable. I mean, I literally didn’t know it was you when I saw you at the Snowball Reunion last month. It took a few minutes for the fog to lift.”
“That’s because I lost some weight and started using a flatiron on my hair,” Sydney said with a playful smirk. “So, what did you think when you realized we’d be working together?”
“Honestly?” Grant asked, and Sydney nodded. “I couldn’t believe my luck. I knew I’d missed my opportunity with you in high school. And I know people change. Clearly, we both did. But I figured our connection might still be there.”
“Our connection?” Sydney asked, her tone incredulous. She almost wondered if she’d heard him right. “What high school did you go to?”
“I know, I know. But you get what I mean, right? If circumstances had been different, I believe we really could have clicked back then. Don’t you?” Grant paused, but Sydney couldn’t give him the validation he was after without it being a bald-faced lie, so she shook her head and gave him an apologetic look.
“Well anyway, I guess I was excited that I might have a second chance to see if something could happen.”
Sydney struggled with how to respond to his confession. It had been a long time since she’d been with a man who was insinuating that they had chemistry. Was she ready to admit the same?