Renata tries to escape her past and runs straight into . . . love.
Blake has moved to the Milwaukee area to leave behind a painful past as
a victim of abuse. She discovers a family like she’s never had before,
at Orchard Hill Church and is drawn to handsome Packer fanatic, Antonio.
After all she’s suffered through, could she ever trust a man again?
Antonio DeLuca has a full life with his family, church and his job as
chef and manager at DeLuca’s Cucina. Having been betrayed in love, he is
afraid to trust a woman again. How would he fit her into his already
full life anyway?
As circumstances draw them together and attempt to tear them apart, life
becomes a combination of savory pesto and painful potholes as both Tony
and Renata learn that with God’s help, and the support of a faith
community, they can both learn to love again.
And maybe fight a few ninjas along the way.
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Renata placed the last candlestick on the table. The pastor had told her
to submit. Be kind and cheerful for her husband. She hadn’t had time to
change out of her work clothes, but had at least put on lipstick and
combed her hair. She was bursting to tell Mick the news.
The click of the doorknob sent a shiver of fear up her spine. How can a doorknob…? Peace, Renata, God will not abandon you.
Mick strode in. She smiled at him. “I’m glad you’re home, Mick. I have something to tell you.”
He scowled at her, and she swallowed her fear. The cold look in his eyes
chiseled away at her joy. “I went to the doctor today for an
ultrasound. We’re having a girl!”
The force of the slap he delivered snapped her neck back. She should
have anticipated it from the look in his eyes. She had prayed he would
come around to being happy about being a father. She had hoped for a
miracle for their marriage. “But Mick—” she cried.
He mimicked her in a high voice. “But Mick.” He slapped her again.
“Don’t expect me to be happy. A girl? You thought I’d want a girl? Even
if I wanted a kid, the last thing I’d want is a girl.”
“Please, Mick—” She was pleading now. She dared to look up at him. God, please, help me.
His hand came up, and she shrank back. Warm moisture flowed out of her
nose as his fist withdrew. He grabbed her hair and jerked her head with
such force she saw stars. She struggled to stay on her feet as he
dragged her to the living room and tossed her like a rag doll to the
She gasped for air as his steel-tipped boots ravaged her side, her stomach, her back. She lost track of any specific pain.
Everything hurt. She tried to curl up. Please, please don’t hurt my baby. God, rescue me!
A final kick to the head was the last thing she remembered as she slid into darkness.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
M. Baganz chases after three Hobbits, and is a native of Wisconsin. She
is an Acquisitions Editor with Prism Book Group, specializing in
bringing great romance novels and novellas to publication. Susan writes
adventurous historical and contemporary romances with a biblical
Her stories have been featured in in Splickety Magazine and in the I Choose Youanthology with OakTara Press. This is her first contemporary romance novel in the Orchard Hill Series, the second, Salsa and Speedbumps, will follow. She is represented by Mary Sue Seymour for her adventurous Regency Romances.
Susan speaks, teaches, and encourages others to follow God in being all
He has created them to be. With her seminary degree in counseling
psychology, a background in the field of mental health, and years
serving in church ministry, she understands the complexities and pain of
life as well as its craziness. She serves behind-the-scenes in various
capacities at her church. Her favorite pastimes are lazy...snuggling
with her dog while reading a good book, or sitting with a friend
chatting over a cup of spiced chai latte.