A marriage of convenience isn’t exactly what she had in mind.After a rocky start, Rachel Peters finally has her life on track. Then a tragic accident takes away her sister and leaves her to raise her niece, Kendra, alone. About to lose custody of her last blood relative, Rachel is desperate to prove she can adequately care for her niece. On the verge of running away to keep Kendra, a new friend offers Rachel an opportunity she can’t refuse.
Brandon Barlow has long admired Rachel. When her world begins to fall apart, he feels led to help. A marriage of convenience would enable him to provide Rachel and Kendra with a stable place to live, proper health insurance, and a viable shot at staying together. Once Rachel gained full custody of her niece, the marriage could be annulled.His plan provides the perfect solution, until Brandon realizes he’s fallen in love with Rachel. Through love and patience, can he help Rachel realize that, even when she experiences storms in her life, she’s never alone?
Melanie and I joined Inspy Romance about the same time and my hope was to get to know her work better. I started with this romance from 2014, Calming the Storm.
It was easy to get lost in this story about a college student overwhelmed by family tragedy and pretty independent when she’s offered help. I definitely could relate to Rachel, because I have trouble admitting I’m in over my head, much less accepting assistance. I felt Rachel’s desperation as her options to take care of her niece seemed to dwindle.
Brandon is a kind hero willing to sacrifice his comfort to help someone out. I liked his persistence in checking in on Rachel, because that’s tough to pull off without making the hero unlikable or creepy. Melanie does a great job pulling the reader into Rachel’s narrowing options and the heartbreak that’s always right before her. It’s easy to root for Rachel to allow Brandon into her and Kendra’s life and that she would see what a wonderful answer to prayer he was for both of them.
This is a sweet read that keeps the reader turning the pages. I really enjoyed Calming the Storm, and I know you will, too.