Joining me on my blog today is author Sara Beth Williams.
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A Worthy Heart: By Sara Beth Williams
Genre; Contemporary Christian Romance
Joel Bennett has always known Serena Hayes as his sister’s gregarious best friend. In the three years since Lacey began college, Serena became a regular house guest, but lately, she’s absent more than not. When Joel discovers she’s in an abusive relationship, protectiveness from within roars to life.
With only a part time job to support her and nowhere to go, Serena fears leaving her current relationship would jeopardize her chances of graduating college. After a brutal attack leaves her no choice, she courageously moves out. On her journey toward regaining confidence, self-worth, and independence, Joel falls in beside her, encouraging her. The way he emulates Godly love and compassion draws her close—not just to him, but to the God who can satisfy her longing for love better than any man.
Attraction sizzles between them, but events from their pasts cast shadows of doubt.
When the unthinkable happens, can Serena open her heart to a second chance at love, or is she destined to be alone?
Set up: In honor of Independence Day in the U.S. and the accompanying fireworks we undoubtedly witnessed over the weekend, I think you’ll enjoy this excerpt, even if it is New Year’s Eve instead of Independence Day. Ah, makes me miss traditional sky fireworks…
Joel stepped behind Serena as they walked up an incline onto the bridge. Metal beams strung with white lights towered overhead, illuminating the face of the crowd. With a gentle nudge to the small of her back, Joel guided her through the crowd. They positioned themselves near a thick rail alongside hundreds of others and stood in contented silence as conversation flowed around them like the dark river water below. Checking her phone, she noted they had five minutes to spare. A smattering of boats dotted the glistening black surface of the water. A chilly wind caused ripples below and tangled her hair.
The entire time they waited, Joel kept his hand at the small of her back, anchoring her in place.
Serena sucked in a gasp; the boom of the first explosion radiated deep in her chest. Joel’s palm pressed harder against her back, and he stepped a fraction closer. A hush fell over the crowd as music poured from loudspeakers, timed with explosion after explosion of exquisite, radiant colors—red fireballs, whistling golden shooting stars, beautiful bursting purple peonies.
“Amazing,” she murmured as canon boom after canon boom vibrated the air. Several more fiery beams launched into the sky, flaring into aerial shells, showering brilliant golden streams down into the water. More fiery streaks—green and red—rocketed high above the bridge. An explosion sent long, bright arches downward across a velvet sky. She turned toward Joel and studied his profile as the light of the fireworks danced across the angular planes of his face, illuminating the contented quirk of his lips. Good. I’m glad he’s happy again.
She leaned in close to speak above the music. “Thank you so much for inviting me.”
He grinned down on her. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
About Sara Beth Williams
Sara Beth Williams is a wife, mother of two daughters, and temporary caretaker of a lovable old lady pit and a spunky Pomeranian-Shih Tzu mix. She lives in Northern California and currently works as a teacher assistant and freelance publicist. When she’s not held hostage by the keyboard, she enjoys music, teaching, reading and spending time with her family. She is all about connecting with readers! Find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, Bookbub and AllAuthor.
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