Manners’ charming romance with quite human characters gets the Christian message across in a non-preachy way. The story is uplifting, quietly emotional and full of appealing characters, along with some very real problems that must be solved.
Carin O’Malley wonders what possessed her to move from Nashville and take a job teaching seventh-graders at East Ridge Middle School in the Tennessee Valley. One student in particular, Corey Samuels, is giving her problems. She consults with his guardian and brother, Jake, who is also the pastor of East Ridge Church. Working together to help Corey pass English, as well as adjust to life without his parents, brings Carin and Jake into close contact and a relationship Carin doesn’t feel ready for. (WHITE ROSE, Oct., 228 pp., $15.99)