Matshona Dhliwayo said, “Love is sweet even when what you go through is bitter.” That’s a statement custom made for this summer’s bumper crop of sensational inspirational romances. There might be some trials and tribulations but the love stories are sweet as summer strawberries. No column could do all of them justice but here are a few reads you simply can’t miss:
No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer is a childhood-friends-to-lovers romance. Malachi Shaw was a boy with no options; Emma Chandler was a girl with a big heart. When Emma found Malachi freezing and half-starved in the family barn, she convinced her aunts to take him in. Now Malachi is a grown man with a successful demolition job and Emma has founded a successful woman’s colony in Harper's Station, Texas. The two haven’t seen each other in years but when someone begins to systematically threaten and endanger the women in her care Emma knows there is only one man to call for protection.
When Malachi had been forced to leave the Chandler women to make his own way in the world, he hadn’t planned on returning. His feelings for Emma are powerful ones and unlikely to be returned by such a successful, intelligent and independent young lady. But when she’s in trouble he doesn’t hesitate to head back.