Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Firefly Summer: Pies, Books and Jesus

Trey’s biggest challenge isn’t performing surgery…it’s restoring Sessa’s heart!

Artist Sessa Chambers may never recover from losing her prodigal son. Even as she grieves the tragic decisions that led to his death, and left her with a toddler to raise, she’s asked to work on her dream project—restoring carousel horses for the Smithsonian. But she can’t do it on her own…

Dr. Trey Brown can’t pick up a scalpel again. Yes, he acted in self-defense, but the events of that awful night haunt him. He was trained to save lives, not take them. When he goes to the young man’s widowed mother to apologize, she’s not at all what he expected. For one thing, she’s not as alone as he thought—not with the fearsome ladies of the Pies, Books, and Jesus Book Club in her corner. For another, she’s beautiful, and being in her presence is more jolting than any eight-second bronco ride from his former rodeo days. Before he knows it, she’s captured his heart as easily as they capture the fireflies gracing Sessa’s Texas ranch.

How can they overcome their past to embrace a future together?

Firefly Summer: Pies, Books & Jesus (Hometown Romance) 

Published June 23rd 2015
 by Redbud Press 
4 Stars

I know, O Lord, that a man's life is not his own;
it is not for man to direct his steps.
Correct me, Lord, but only with justice-
not in you anger
lest you reduce me to nothing. 
    ~Jeremiah 10:23-24

Kathleen Y'Boro brings us an endearing story full of southern charm and quirky characters.  This story is set in the small town of Sugar Pine, Texas where we meet two unique characters with a complicated romance.  
For the past 15 years, Sessa Lee Chambers has owned and operated Chambers Carousel Restorations.  She makes a living as a wood carving artist by trade, but she is also the widowed mother of Ross Chambers.  Her relationship with Ross has been strained to say the least since she hadn't talked to him in months.  She truly loved him, but she didn't like the man he had grown into.  She was unexpectedly approached by a young woman claiming her child was Ross's daughter and just looking at the cherub face there was not doubt.  The child would come to live with her until Ross would come to pick her up.  Of course she knew the unlikeliness of Ross returning to Sugar Pine with the maturity and the intention to raise a child.  
Raise another child, make that baby, did she truly have the energy.  Thankfully she would get help and support needed from her mother and best friend, CoCo.  Then the phone call had come the Ross had been killed while breaking into someone's home.  With the drinking and drugs Sessa Lee knew Ross would come to a bad end. 
2 years later Sessa Lee finds herself covered in work and raising a very active 2 year old.  She was awarded a contract through the Smithsonian to restore their traveling carousel display.  She would need help to ensure she completed everything in time, so she placed an advertisement in the local news paper.  
Dr. Dalton "Trey" Brown lll was released from prison after evidence come to light about the shooting he had been involved in.  If his former fiance had of testified to what she knew he may have never went to jail, but she was the assistant district attorney intent on not being linked to a common criminal.  Prison had changed Trey. 
He no longer felt comfortable in his own body.  As for practicing as a surgeon, only time would tell.  For now he needed to approach the young man's family and applogize for the role he played in his death.  So he traveled to Sugar Pine and gathered enough courage to approach Sessa Lee Chambers, the young man's mother.
This is a wonderful story full of romantic tension.  There's good flow and pace that keeps the reader's attention.  Strong, well developed characters that will weave their way into your heart.  This is a story that will evoke both laughter and tears.  
I would recommend it to anyone.  
Kathleen Y'Barbo 

 While wearing her publicist’s hat, Kathleen has secured interviews with radio, television, and print media for clients at NavPress, Hatchette, Integrity, Barbour Publishing, and Broadman & Holman, to name a few. She also brings her own unique blend of Southern charm and witty prose to the more than 350,000 award-winning novels and novellas currently in print. Her novels have been nominated for American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006; and 2007 will see the release of her 25th book.

Kathleen is a tenth-generation Texan and a mother of three grown sons and a teenage daughter. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University. Kathleen is a former treasurer for the American Christian Fiction Writers, and is a member of the Author’s Guild, Inspirational Writers Alive, Words for the Journey Christian Writers Guild, and the Fellowship of Christian Authors. In addition, she is a sought-after speaker, and her kids think she’s a pretty cool mom, too…most of the time, anyway.

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