About the Book
Book: Forever Home
Author: Hope Toler Dougherty
Genre: Sweet Romance/Christian Fiction
Release date: August 16, 2022
With a fulfilling job and a home of her own, former foster child, Merritt Hastings, relishes her stable, respectable life. Dreaming for more is a sure way for heartache. When a contested will turns her world upside down, she must reevaluate what’s important to her, what’s worth fighting for, and what’s worth sacrificing.
Patience has never been Sam Daniels’ strong suit with his history of acting quickly and asking questions later, and he’s ready for changes in his life…now. Too bad the plans for acquiring a radio station didn’t include a contract. Now he’s out of a job, out of a radio station, and out of prospects.
While his life is in flux, at least he can help Merritt steady hers, or will he rush in and overstep …again?
Will the sparks flying between these two opposites lead to a happily-ever-after or heartbreak for both?
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Merritt was a foster care child. She grew up in that system. It damaged her ability to trust, as you might suspect that it would. Things change, and now Millie, her last foster mom has left her a home. A home of her own changes so much, it's the actual chance of stability and longer lasting roots. However, the family isn't pleased at all. Merritt isn't blood kin, why should she get what they aren't getting? As Millie's blood kin set out to do their worst against Merritt, Merritt has to make some big choices and some major decisions. After all, they have stolen her means of income, her entire way of life is upside down - again.
Meanwhile, Sam was working on having his own radio station, when that dream literally went up in smoke. His plans burned to the ground, Sam still feels deeply for Merritt's plight and decides he's going to help her.
Can Sam and Merritt regain what was lost? Can they combine their dreams and create a forever home? Will Millie's kin stop being awful and if they don't will Merritt overcome such a major hurdle? What plans does God really have for their lives?
This is a sweet and clean romance with an easy connection to the character. I think this is the first book I have read by this author. It stood alone just fine, and it's a very moving read.
About the Author
Hope Toler Dougherty holds a master’s degree in English and taught at East Carolina University and York Technical College. Her novels include Irish Encounter, Mars…With Venus Rising, Rescued Hearts, Forever Music, and Forever Home. Her recent novella, “A Hatteras Surprise,” appears in Candy Cane Wishes and Saltwater Dreams and is also available as a standalone novel. She and her husband delight in visits with their two daughters and twin sons.
More from Hope
When I introduced the Daniels family in Forever Music, the first story in the Forever Series, I wrote about Josie, the little sister. I wanted to write about her brother Sam next, but after about eight chapters, the words stopped flowing and then the pandemic struck. Instead of writing during lockdown, I cleaned out closets, crocheted mask bands, and perfected a killer sourdough loaf.
I wanted to write. I tried to write. I loved Sam and wanted to discover his story, but…nothing.
When my publisher offered a slot in a novella collection, I pushed Sam to the back of my mind and wrote about his older brother, Ben. Ben’s story is set on the beautiful Hatteras Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Check out his romance in A Hatteras Surprise.
Sharing Ben’s courtship with Ginny Stowe freed me to get back to Sam and Merritt in Forever Home. Their story highlights foster care, music, friendship, and radio stations.
Impatient Sam usually acts first and thinks second. His happy-go-lucky personality chafes Merritt’s stick-with-a-plan attitude. Too bad she needs his help with her livelihood. They don’t hit it off at first, but both are definitely intrigued with each other.
Readers can find subtle Italian references throughout the story. Here’s a favorite recipe friends might find in Merritt’s kitchen. I hope you like it and the story, too!
Orange Pistachio Biscotti
2 C plain flour 1 egg white
1 t baking powder 2 T orange zest
¼ t salt ½-1 C chopped pistachios
1 C sugar 1/2 C candied orange bits
2 eggs orange juice, if needed
Sift flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar into a mixing bowl. In another bowl, beat eggs and egg white together, then add to flour mixture. Stir in orange zest, nuts, and orange bits. Mix until dough is smooth. If the dough is too dry, add orange juice a tablespoon at a time.
Flour hands and scoop half the dough onto one side of the cookie sheet prepared with cooking spray. Shape the dough into a 15×3-inch log. Repeat with remaining dough. The logs should be several inches apart.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Tops of the logs should be firm.
Remove to wire rack and cool for 10 minutes. Cut logs on a diagonal into ½-inch-thick slices. Place the slices, cut side down, on the baking sheet. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees and bake for 15 minutes.
Allow the cookies to cool completely on a wire rack. They will harden as they cool. Yields about 48 cookies depending on size
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