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Coming Home to Mercy
(Coming Home Series #1)
By Michelle De Bruin
Christian Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 251 Pages
August 17, 2021 by Scrivenings Press LLC
A society woman leaves her comfortable lifestyle so that she can help her daughter adjust to the arrival of twin sons in a small town where the courageous doctor teaches her about taking risks.
Wealthy and sociable Margaret Millerson has always thought of her brother’s Chicago mansion as her home. But when she receives the telephone call that her daughter has given birth to twins three weeks ahead of the expected due date, Margaret must leave her comfortable home, her family, and her friends to travel out of state. While she is helping her daughter care for the infants, Margaret becomes reacquainted with the town’s doctor, Matthew Kaldenberg.
Dr. Matthew Kaldenberg stays busy caring for the health of the citizens of his small town. His profession offers him daily practice in defeating death, his greatest enemy. During the twenty years since losing his own wife and baby in childbirth, Matthew has saved his money for the purchase of a flying machine. But when Matthew takes Margaret for flights on his biplane, he learns that his dreams of rising above the griefs and losses of his past come with a cost. He doesn’t want to lose the trust of the people he cares about most, or the chance at a relationship with Margaret.
Both Matthew and Margaret must make difficult decisions to hold on to the love they have discovered. Will Matthew’s heart recover from sorrow? Will Margaret find her true home?
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He straightened and looked down at her. A hint of insecurity hung on his face, sort of like a small boy in search of his mother’s approval. “Do you think I’m crazy?”
Her reflex response pressed her to tell him he was out of his mind. But she couldn’t blame him for wanting to pursue a death-defying hobby after enduring the losses in his life. This dream of flying had probably kept the poor man sane all these years. Why, in those months after Simon’s arrest, Margaret would have taken to jumping off cliffs if it would have anchored her world in sanity.
She stood and faced him. Her hand rested on his shoulder, and she imagined she looked like Logan did whenever he pronounced a benediction over his congregation. “Matthew, you are not crazy. Rather, I think you are quite brave. It makes perfect sense to me that anyone who fights death in their chosen profession on earth would want to face it down in the sky. Buy your flying machine but promise me one thing.”
Matthew frowned. “What’s that?”
“Take me for a ride.” Margaret couldn’t believe those words had come out of her mouth. But in the next instant, she knew why she said them. A beautiful smile blossomed on Matthew’s face. It wiped away the creases of concern and grief, making him look happy and at ease.
“Margaret, you have a deal.” He reached out his free hand and shook one of hers.
Her stomach fluttered. Someday she would leave the ground and put herself at the mercy of a flimsy flying machine. Oh, dear. What had she done?
She’d made Matthew smile, that’s what she’d done. Any daredevil feats she must survive made that one accomplishment worthwhile.
About the Author
Michelle De Bruin
grew up in Southern Iowa and graduated from Eddyville High School. These beautiful memories of childhood spent on her family’s farm are the inspiration to the setting in the books of the Tomorrow series.
After high school, Michelle received an Associate’s Degree in Office Management from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa. She returned to the family farm and later married Tom De Bruin.
Tom and Michelle and their two teenage sons, Mark and John, live in Pella where Michelle works as the Spiritual Services Facilitator for Christian Opportunity Center. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and in Religion with a Christian Ministries emphasis from Central College in Pella, Iowa.
In 2015, Michelle began writing and joined the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) where she discovered that the stories she wrote for fun might actually amount to something. She finished her manuscript for Hope for Tomorrow and eventually found a home for it with a small publisher of Christian fiction.
Characters that bring to life the delights of farm and small town living, whispers of Dutch heritage, and Christian faith make Michelle’s stories distinct.
One winner will receive a copy of Coming Home to Mercy (print if US, ebook if outside the US) and a $25 Amazon Gift Card (open internationally)
Ends August 25, 2021