ROMANCE

Before I Called You Mine

Bethany House. Apr. 2020. 368p. ISBN 9780764234958. pap. $14.99. inspirational ROMANCE
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First-grade teacher Lauren Bailey has been focused on one thing for years—being matched to a child through an overseas adoption agency and finally becoming a mother. With a heart full of love to share, Lauren is anxious and ready to begin the newest chapter of her life. After a litany of disastrous set-ups and even worse first dates, committing to the agency’s requirement that she stay single seems easy. Lauren hadn’t planned on Joshua Avery, however—the charming new coworker who is determined to steal her heart away. As she and Joshua grow closer, Lauren fears she may have to sacrifice one dream to realize another.
VERDICT Deese’s (A Season To Love) latest novel will touch readers’ hearts, moving them near to tears on one page even as they laugh out loud on the next. Those who enjoy inspirational fiction and imperfect characters striving to find their own path to happiness will find this difficult to put down.

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