Welcome Friends! Today is the release day of No Greater Love by Gina Holder. To celebrate, join me for a quick look at Gina’s new story.
About the Book:
One Book Changed Her Life…and Her Eternity
Paige McDonald, an antique book collector and the adopted granddaughter of a firefighter, vows never to fall in love with a first responder. But an inscription in an old Bible disrupts everything she knows about herself, her family, and God, and sends her directly into the radar of Patrol Officer Hamilton Bryant.
After the death of his best friend and fellow officer, Hamilton vows never to marry—at all. He won’t risk leaving a widow. Instead, he reserves his passion for serving his family and the town he’s sworn to protect. When a series of robberies and threats against the mayor correspond with Paige’s sudden appearance in Whitman, their paths intersect.
He said he’d never risk leaving a widow.
She said she’d never love a man in uniform.
God had different plans.
A bell jingled as Paige entered the Rustic Cup Café. Two elderly men played a card game of some kind at a corner booth, but the rest of the place was deserted. Paintings, all for sale, lined the brick interior walls. She squinted and leaned in to catch the name of the artist. Someone named Lawrence Faye signed the bottom left corner of each painting. A young woman, wearing a hot pink hoodie and ear buds in her ears, balanced on a stool behind the counter and stared at the cell phone in her hands. A half-erased chalkboard advertised the café’s various coffee drinks. By the remaining letters, Paige made out mocha, latte, cappuccino, decaf, and the word pastry, but it looked more like paste. Hopefully, the pastries didn’t taste like paste. “Hello.” Paige waved her hands. “I’d like to order.”
The girl’s head popped up. “Oh.” She jerked the ear buds from her ears. “What can I get you?” She asked as she hopped from the stool. “We have fresh coffee, hot muffins, and delicious breakfast sandwiches. I know they’re delicious ‘cause I already tried one. Miss Jenn makes them fresh every morning. She has to get up at like four o’clock in the morning to make them.”
“Wow, OK. May I have a caramel chocolate chip frappe?”
The girl stared blankly at Paige. “A what?”
She obviously doesn’t know what a frappe is. Let’s try something else. “How about an iced blended Grasshopper mocha?”
The girl’s eyes grew wider than the cinnamon rolls in the pastry window. “You want grasshoppers in your coffee?”
Paige racked her fingers through her hair. Forget hick town, what planet had she landed on? “May I have a hot coffee with French vanilla creamer?”
The young barista smiled. “Sure. Regular or decaf? I’m more of a decaf girl. Mom says I’m already too hyper to drink regular.”
I agree. “Regular, please.”
The girl turned to fill a cup with hot coffee from a silver urn. “I haven’t seen you before. You must be new.”
“Yeah, I just rode in yesterday.”
“Rode? Like on a horse?”
Is this kid for real? Paige shook her head. “The bus.”
“Here’s your drink. Can I get you anything else?”
The pastries in the glass case drew her eyes. Her stomach grumbled. The exercise had already burnt off her early breakfast. “Those orange scones look amazing.”
“They’re so delicious. Miss Jenn bakes everything from scratch. She’s my boss. And the owner. She’s not here today, though.”
“Thanks. I’ll try one.”
“That’ll be five seventy-five.” Kylie put one of the scones in a brown paper sack and set it on the counter. Paige handed the barista her debit card. She swiped it and handed it back with a pen and the receipt for Paige to sign. “Welcome to Whitman, Paige. I’m Kylie Phillips.”
The name was familiar. “Phillips? Like the Mayor?” The town of Whitman was inundated with political signs that read, Mayor Phillips for Governor. A Vote for Phillips is a Vote for Family. Paige scribbled her name across the bottom of the slip of paper and handed it and the pen back to the barista.
“That’s my mom.”
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About the Author:
Gina Holder completed the Long Ridge Writer’s Group “Breaking into Print” course and graduated from Faith Bible Institute. In August 2017, she published her first novel, Whither Shall I Go. She is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads. She lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter. When she’s not working on her next novel, she enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking, singing, and playing the piano and organ.