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Devotion
     

Devotion

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by Marianne Evans
 

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From This Day Forward Christian Music agent Kellen Rossiter has everything he ever wanted: A-list clients from coast to coast, a loving wife who honors and respects him, and a faith life that's never wavered—until now. Juliet Rossiter has the perfect life: a rewarding schedule serving the underprivileged, a husband who loves her as Christ

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From This Day Forward Christian Music agent Kellen Rossiter has everything he ever wanted: A-list clients from coast to coast, a loving wife who honors and respects him, and a faith life that's never wavered—until now. Juliet Rossiter has the perfect life: a rewarding schedule serving the underprivileged, a husband who loves her as Christ loved the church, and a blessed future as a mother—at least that's what she thinks. For Better or Worse But what happens when their rock-solid marriage begins to crumble under the weight of an unexpected and powerful temptation? How does love survive when its foundation is shaken? 'Til Death Do Us Part When human frailty and the allure of sin deal a harsh blow to their relationship, it will take more than love to mend the shattered trust and heartbreak. It will take a lifetime of devotion.

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ISBN-13:
9781611161649
Publisher:
Pelican Book Group
Publication date:
10/05/2012
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

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Devotion


By Marianne Evans

Pelican Ventures, LLC

Copyright © 2012 Marianne Evans
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-61116-164-9


CHAPTER 1

"I don't mean to push you." Kellen Rossiter lifted the collar of his dress shirt and slid his tie into place, adjusting its fall. He stared at his reflection in the bathroom mirror, knowing his words weren't entirely true.

"I know that." His wife stood next to him at the double vanity. Dressed for bed, Juliet wore a floaty nightgown of dark green satin. She moisturized her arms, then her face. Kellen paused to watch her, captivated by the graceful, automatic motions, the soul-deep beauty she carried with a complete lack of awareness. The image of her left him to ache inside.

"I miss you when you're not there." He refitted the shirt collar then double-checked the knot on his patterned silk tie. "I like hearing your thoughts and impressions, but mostly I just enjoy being with you."

Her shoulders sagged. Through the mirror, she tagged him with an apologetic glance. He had known the look was coming; she was ready for bed, after all. Plus, he knew the regret came from her heart. That's why his statement about missing her, enjoying her, had lacked any form of condemnation. Just longing. He did miss her companionship and the feel of her at his side.

With increasing frequency.

"We used to have fun scouting talent at the local clubs, talking about anything and everything while we listened to music. Plus, this is supposedly a great new place, and we haven't had a 'date night' in quite a while." He paused again, just long enough to look at her once more. Gentle refusal still lived in her eyes, so Kellen braced himself for her 'no thanks.'

"Sweetheart, you'll be working. I get in the way when you're shaking and moving." She smiled at him, sincerely. Her eyes were so soft, a beautiful shade of deep green. "Next time, OK? I'm seriously tapped out, or I'd let you tempt me." She moved close and tucked in tight, resting her head on his chest. Kellen wrapped his arms around her, ignoring the bite of disappointment, the urge for recriminations, like: We have no children, Juliet, nothing that ties us down. I know you're busy with a hundred different activities that help our church, our city, and I know that fills you up, but what about us? Where do we fit together?

The thoughts launched, but with practiced ease, he shot each one down. He was being selfish. She was tired. The winter season was giving way to spring around Nashville, and she had spent the entire afternoon and evening volunteering at a soup kitchen and warming center sponsored by Trinity Christian Church, where he and Juliet were active parishioners.

"Tell you what." Juliet leaned back in his arms. The curve of her lips, that promising sparkle in her eyes, almost cured his sadness. "I'll wait up for you."

Kellen nodded. He dotted her nose with a kiss; his hands slid against the glossy fabric of her nightgown. The color highlighted her ivory skin, and turned spectacular eyes to absolutely dazzling.

He made a vow to himself, then and there, that he'd get home early.


* * *

Irritation riled him as he drove north on I-65. He didn't need to do this. It would be a typical late night/early morning spent at a club, this time listening to a jazz singer. Then, if he sensed any kind of potential, he'd have to host an introductory meeting. He wasn't supposed to be taking on new clients. His roster of represented musicians was exclusive, and full to overflowing. He would have much preferred an evening at home with Juliet. At least, that's what he told himself as intimate moments came along less and less often of late. Still, Kellen couldn't resist that tickle in his gut, the excitement stirred by the prospect of discovering something — someone — extraordinary.

According to Associated Talent's Weiss McDonald, tonight's mission to Nashville's newest hot spot, Iridescence, would be a slam-dunk. Beyond that, Kellen's boss had offered nothing about who, or what, Kellen would be scouting.

"I refuse to taint your perceptions with any of my own." Weiss had said, seeming euphoric. "Go. See. Report back in the morning."

A sharp ache gnawed at his heart as Kellen navigated the narrow descent to an underground parking structure. Something didn't feel right about this. He should have stayed home with Juliet.

Leaving the car, he made his way into the office building that housed Iridescence. A swift elevator ride later, the doors parted to reveal a white marble lobby, a translucent podium decorated by a deep purple vase full of vibrant colored calla lilies.

Nice, he thought. Definitely upscale and luxurious.

He was led to a table near the window where wall-to-wall glass revealed a Nashville skyline bursting with lights and a carpet of added illumination that went on for miles. To his left was a large, raised dais presently curtained off by black velvet. In passing, he saw a face he recognized — Jack Collins — the owner of the club. Jack's eyes went wide when he looked Kellen's way. Kellen chuckled under his breath, sitting down.

A waitress stepped up promptly. "Good evening, and welcome to Iridescence. Can I get you something to drink?"

She was young, a gorgeous blonde whom Kellen took in, and dismissed, just as quickly, though he offered a kind smile. "Tonic and lime would be great, thanks."

"Right away." Her smile and attention lingered. Kellen's didn't. Of far greater interest was Jack Collins who worked his way to Kellen's table.

"Rossiter. Good to see you." Jack touched the arm of the waitress to get her attention. "Mindy, his tab is on me."

Further impressed, the waitress gave Kellen a second long look, which again he registered, then ignored. His focus homed in on Jack, and when the owner sat down in the chair opposite, Kellen leaned forward. "What am I in for?"

Jack's smile took off like a fast ride. The man's eyes flashed like a kid with a secret. "Seriously. Weiss didn't cue you in?"

Kellen lifted a shoulder. "Mumbled some new-age nonsense about not wanting to mess with my perceptions or some such ridiculous thing. So tell me. What's the deal?"

Jack sat back and kicked out his legs, flattening his hands against his stomach. He was a sharp man, hip and artful — with an eye for what would appeal to high-end customers. "Nope. I'm glad he didn't tell you about her."

"Her?"

Jack straightened and settled his forearms on the table. "Chloe."

Lord. For whatever reason, Kellen's mind drew pictures of a platinum blonde with buxom curves and slinky lines. He sank on the inside. "I'm here to see a woman named Chloe?"

"Yeah. Chloe Havermill. Listen, I've gotta see to some things right now, but stick around after the upcoming set. It's her last for the night. I'll introduce you."

Before Jack could dash off, Kellen put out a restraining hand. "Hey, don't cue her in. Don't stack the deck or get her riled up that there's an agent in the house. I'm here to listen. That's all."

Jack's eyes flashed, and his posture radiated confidence. "Yeah? Let's see if that's all you have to say once you hear her sing."

The man's stance was so definitive it took Kellen aback. His interest level inched upward.


* * *

The lights dimmed until all that remained was a centered spotlight. The curtain across the dais glided open. Conversations and dish clatter faded as the audience turned in unison, looking toward the stage, and waiting. A rhythmic, almost tropical drumbeat, accompanied by flowing bass, signaled the start of the Sade classic, Paradise.

The spotlight remained trained upon a woman who put to rest every doubt Kellen had felt upon hearing her name.

A long, silver dress dotted by sequins, flowed like water over a lithe body that was graceful and fluid. Spaghetti straps revealed toned arms, a long, slender neck. A straight column of black hair moved against her shoulders. He was positioned close enough to see that her large, wide-set eyes were violet.

Violet.

When she began to sing, her voice was nothing short of smooth magic.

From the opening notes, Chloe owned the room. She expressed the mood of the piece with pitch-perfect delivery. Her passion and skill rolled off the stage, slipping around the tables, enveloping her listeners. Kellen was stunned. Like the rest of the audience, he couldn't look anywhere else. Her voice became the only thing he could hear.

It was second nature for him to size up people physically. Such was the nature of his business. Talent was the important thing, yes, but beyond that came the mysterious and elusive factors of charisma and dynamic appeal.

What was the package here? What would be the strengths and weaknesses?

A flashpoint occurred, providing an immediate answer to those questions. Quite naturally, that answer was channeled into terms any agent in the entertainment industry would understand. If Carrie Underwood had sleek, jet hair and violet colored eyes, she'd look exactly like Chloe Havermill. Chloe had the same gorgeous skin and flawless bone structure. She had the same dazzling smile. And Chloe had an innocent sweetness in her eyes, a sweetness that would provoke fierce loyalty, delight, and mega-sales.

The longer he listened, and watched, the more he stared. Captured. The corner of his mouth curved up. He felt pleasure just looking at her. That, coupled with the vocals she possessed, was an incredible intoxicant — because if this was how he felt, he was certain this was how America would feel as well.

He owed Weiss an apology for underestimation.

Kellen looked around, beginning to pay closer attention to the audience. They were enthralled. Chloe roped them in and fed their awed expectations. She drifted through smoky jazz ballad after heart-felt love song. The crowd, to a person, was completely behind her.

The set ended way too soon.

Not long after, Chloe entered the main room, accompanied by Jack. Moving through the crowd, she accepted handshakes and smiles, a few air kisses and delighted greetings while Jack led her to the table where Kellen sat. They were close enough now that Jack's guiding touch and directing head nod caused Chloe's focus to zoom in on Kellen, and it stayed put.

That's when it hit him — a lightning bolt of attraction. A primitive male response to undiluted sweetness and a beguiling manner. Chloe Havermill struck him not at all as an arrogant, entitled performer — this despite a world of talent. Kellen didn't even have time to consider his reaction before she stepped up, and looked at Jack, then back at him. Kellen stood, realizing his heart started to race, that his gesture stemmed from a mystifying call to be courtly.

Jack stepped into their elongated, intense silence. "Chloe, I'd like you to meet —"

"Chloe, honey!" Kellen's waitress stepped up and held her empty tray to the side so she could give the singer a tight hug. "Happy birthday! Been waiting all night to see you so I could say hello! It's a shame to be working on your big day!"

Chloe brushed that comment aside with a graceful sweep of her hand. "No worries. To me, this isn't work. It's a joy. Thanks for remembering, sweetie, and I'll talk to you later, OK?"

"You bet."

Kellen watched. Oh, he couldn't wait to work with this woman.

She turned back, wearing an expectant expression, waiting on Jack, who started to chuckle as Kellen's smile spread. He didn't let Jack introduce him. Not quite yet. "So, today's your birthday?"

"Yes. Yes, it is. Ah ..." Chloe stumbled verbally, obviously confused about what was going on, and why she was standing at Kellen's table.

Kellen reached into the breast pocket of his suit coat and extracted a business card, making ready to hand it over while Jack tried again. "Chloe, I think you're in for a great present. I want you to meet a friend of mine."

Already she extended her hand. Kellen connected to her promptly, taking her hand in his, but not shaking, just holding on.

Jack performed the conclusion. "This is Kellen Rossiter. Kellen, say hello to Chloe Havermill."

Her eyes went wide. She breathed deep and the sequins of her dress shimmered. "Kellen. Rossiter."

Because of his hold, he felt her waver just slightly.

Jack chuckled. "Pleasantries dispensed with, I'll leave you to it." Jack speared Kellen with a look that reeked of 'I told you so.'

Chloe, meanwhile, gave her boss a fast, almost desperate look. "Can't you join us?"

Kellen pulled out the chair next to his, to distract her from Jack's exit. "I may have a tough reputation, Chloe, but contrary to industry myth, I don't bite. I'd like to talk to you privately." Kellen wanted her full focus, but he also wanted her to feel comfortable. The waitress — Mindy he recalled — breezed past once again and Kellen caught her eye. "Excuse me, Mindy. Would it be possible to order something to drink?"

"Of course. What can I get for you?"

"Another tonic and lime for me. Chloe?"

The interlude, as intended, gave her a few moments to regroup, but she was still dazed, completely unguarded and unprepared for this meeting. "Umm ... ice water works for me."

"Are you sure you don't want anything else?" Kellen resumed his seat.

"Positive. I don't want anything stronger when I feel like I've been thrown into the deep end of the ocean."

He smiled into her eyes and leaned forward across the slight space that separated them. He was charmed by her. A natural reaction, all in all. "You know who I am. I'm impressed."

"No, actually, I'm the one who's impressed." She laced her fingers together and rested her hands on the table. "Anyone with a pulse in the music industry should know who you are. My nervous stumbling aside, I'm very pleased to meet you."

The comment stunned and delighted him. Full of undisguised awe, her reply stirred a second rush of attraction that wasn't entirely welcome. Kellen wrote off the response quickly, though. After all, any man within a glance of this woman would feel just the same.

He decided to play into the moment, knowing he could easily pull back.

"Well — now that my ego is sufficiently fed" --they shared a laugh-- "Happy birthday, Chloe." He extended his business card, the one he had held since being introduced to her, and slid it across the top of the small, dark wood table. Their fingertips brushed innocently when she took possession. She lifted the card and studied the elegant, raised black lettering, fingered the heavy white card stock. But he also noticed the subtle tremble that worked through her hand.

"I'm almost afraid to ask what this means." Her voice was a quiet murmur.

"Then allow me to verify what you already know." Kellen went all business and dead serious. "What that card means is you've just been given the best present of your life, Chloe. Opportunity."

She blinked. Joy, he saw, became juxtaposed against terror. "Because?"

"Because you're talented, and because I believe you deserve a shot. I want to give that to you."

Laughter, conversations, glassware chiming — the bar sounds surrounded them while Chloe openly searched his eyes. She studied him so deep, and with such intensity that Kellen could do nothing but embrace the silence and let her, maintaining a smooth professionalism he didn't feel on the inside. His pulse rate climbed. So did a heady, intoxicating roll of heat. The woman was exquisite.

"You honestly came here to see me?"

"I honestly did. And I'm not disappointed."

Their drinks arrived. She tapped her fingers against the glass, looking down in a flustered way as she slid her hair to the side. But then she looked up and gave him a smile. Kellen felt its impact straight through to the core. "Thank goodness for that much. I'm glad I didn't know you were in the audience. I'd've botched things up for sure."

Kellen highly doubted that statement. "For just that reason, I operate below the radar until it's time to make a move. Why unsettle the waters? On the recommendation of my boss, I wanted to see you perform without forewarning or prep. I get a far more honest performance that way."

For the next couple hours, they talked about everything. She was Ohio born and bred — a singer from the day she could speak. Her preferences leaned toward country blended with a soulful style of jazz. Five years in Nashville had taken her through the doorways of a number of clubs that dotted the District; she had even played The Stage and Tootsies.

Tootsies is where Jack Collins had found her, but now a chic, more high-end atmosphere called — one that was much better suited to her elegant looks and musical style.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Devotion by Marianne Evans. Copyright © 2012 Marianne Evans. Excerpted by permission of Pelican Ventures, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Marianne Evans is a multi-award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God? s love through the stories He prompts her to create. Readers laud her work as: "Riveting." "Realistic and true to heart." "Compelling." Marianne's novel, Devotion, earned the prestigious Bookseller's Best Award from Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America as well as Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements from the Ancient City Romance Authors (ACRA), also a chapter of RWA. Hearts Communion earned Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year honors as well as Best Inspirational Romance from ACRA. Her novella Finding Home earned the Selah Award for excellence in Christian fiction and Evans has also earned acclaim in such RWA contests as The International Digital Awards, The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence where she has been a finalist three times, and the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence contest. Happily married and the mother of two, Marianne is a lifelong resident of Michigan who is active in a number of a number of Romance Writers of America chapters, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President. She's also active in American Christian Fiction Writers and the Michigan Literary Network. Connect at: Website: Blog: Facebook Reader Page: Twitter: Amazon Author Page: ;sr=8-2-ent

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Devotion 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
In a marriage there are a lot of issues for a husband and wife to deal with. Having their faith in God is a great foundation to have. However with all the challenges the world has to offer, even our faith can be tested in ways we would never consider crossing the line for. We often think we are strong enough in our faith to handle anything the world would throw out there, confident we would pass the test with flying colors. But that is our weakness, thinking we can remain unscathed from temptations even in the strongest marriages who seem to be completely ground in their faith in God. In the novel Devotion by Marianne Evans, a marriage between Kellen and Juliet Rossiter will be tested by fire. It was Kellen's job that drew Juliet to fall in love with him. As a music agent for Associated Talent, Kellen's goal in life is to get to the point where he can manage Christian artists. So it isn't unusual to find him in the latest hot spots and clubs trying to find the next top performer for his company. At times Juliet has accompanied him, but knowing after nine years how these meetings generally go, Juliet has developed her own interests working with the homeless at the local shelter as part of an outreach for her church. Juliet and Kellen know that after nine years they wouldn't always spend their free time with one another, after all the time trying to have a family of their own, nothing seems to have for them. Tests after tests show that both of them are able to conceive but for whatever reasons it just hasn't happened despite all the questions from family at every event wondering just when they planned on having a child. No one really knew the struggle that they both faced when posed with that question. But when Kellen is asked to seek out the next big thing at a club called Iridescence, he wasn't planned for the detour his life would take when Juliet opted out this time. But it only takes an act of infidelity to result in a lifetime of forgiveness and their marriage will be tested in the worst way possible. I received Devotion from Marianne Evans compliments of Pelican Book Group and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review. Aside from a complementary copy of the novel to review I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review. The opinions contained here are my own. This is such a brilliant novel because of its transparency in dealing with the subject of infidelity in a marriage. It rates right up there with Karen Kingsbury, as it takes an indepth approach at the foundation that the Rossiters build their marriage on and just how subtle temptation can be. It doesn't start with something big, but those little nuances that happen when we think we can handle ourselves instead of listening to God. You can feel for each of them in this situation from the anger that Juliet feels to the heart-wrenching pain Kellen has to contend with when Juliet insists on moving out. For me the biggest take away is one I shared with my husband. Is that temptations are subtle and there are so many opportunities for us to leave the situation but we don't. In marriage there will come times when we are all tested and undoubtedly mistakes will be made that will inflict pain into each other's heart. The point is not trying to get back what you had before, it's building on what you have moving forward. What an "A-ha!" moment that was. Too often we try to fix things wondering why we can't go back to before those hurts, and it results in frustration on both spouses wondering where they are going wrong. They aren't. As long as they are moving forward building on what they have, that is the success in moving past those situations and hopefully have the outcome that Kellen and Juliet Rossiter have. The best part is seeing it from a third parties eyes and realizing how quickly something like that happens when we least expect it. No one is immune. This one is not only a must read but a must keep on your bookshelf and thus the reason why I give this one a 5 out of 5 stars!
DanaPratola More than 1 year ago
Wow. What a moving, emotional story, on so many levels. I was glad the author didn't write the same old "trouble at home, wife doesn't understand me" saga. Though I wanted to dislike the back-stabbing adulterer, Kellen Rossiter, Marianne made it impossible by allowing us to see his self-awareness of the temptations he was facing, and his struggle to overcome. The fact that he was deeply in love with his wife made his battle feel that much harder, and I had to like the guy, even though he made a really bad choice. I was moved by Juliet's pain and her own struggle to trust again, but especially by Kellen's sincerity and determination to put his marriage back together, despite not knowing how to do it. As is always the case with this author, it's well-written, poignant and populated with complex characters that could be members of your own community or your own family. Brava, Marianne!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story was a little slow moving at first but once I started getting into the characters, it was very good. I loved the way Marianne Evans used people in the main characters lives to speak God's truth to them and not try to tear them apart. It spoke of using anger as a defense and how it continued to keep the couple from real forgiveness. Marianne tells a good clean story while capturing the realities of marriage. Overall, I would recommend the book.
toliverc More than 1 year ago
Told with lyrical prose, Devotion goes beyond the stereotypes of infidelity to address how couples can stray even while being deeply in love. Ms. Evans avoids the typical victim, bad guy approach. We are all prone to failure and Ms. Evans paints a sympathetic picture of the main characters involved. It is the presence of God that enables each of us to resist temptation. When we stray from his presence, it becomes much easier to fall prey to our human frailties and ultimately disappoint ourselves and the ones we love. I thoroughly enjoyed the book. This novel was beyond entertaining. It made me think.
inspiremichelle More than 1 year ago
Devotion by Marianne Evans This is the first book of Marianne Evans I have read but it will not be the last. Devotion is a Christian fiction, so well written that my emotions were on a rollercoaster. I cried and grieved, then rejoiced with the characters. Kellen and Juliet have the perfect marriage. They share the same faith and are deeply in love. Then temptations steps in and rears his ugly head. Will Kellen be tempted by his beautiful talented client Chloe or will Juliet give in to temptation with Tim her prayer partner and fellow volunteer. How will their marriage survive when trust is broken, when hearts are shatter? Will their faith and love bring them back together? Read this book to get a glimpse at what happens to a marriage given 2nd chances and forgiveness. I promise you will love this book.
Laura_Pol More than 1 year ago
"Devotion" was such a powerful book! It truly tells the real life story of a couple going through infidelity: the pain, the hurt, and the healing. I was blown away at how accurately and descriptively Marianne wrote this novel. I have not been through infidelity, but I did read the real life story of Mona and Gary Shriver in their novel "Unfaithful: Hope and Healing After Infidelity" (I strongly recommend that book). This book spoke volumes to me in how easy it is to find yourself potentially walk down the path of infidelity even though we tell ourselves "I would never do that" or "That would never happen to me because I'm bigger than that." However as we can see with Kellen, when we don't guard our heats and let our marriage fall into a routine of complacency then we can very easily walk down that same path he did. One of the things that really stood out to me throughout the novel as the Rossiters are going through their journey is not to take your spouse for granted and the things they do for you. I realized that my husband does so many things for me and makes little comments that I don't truly show appreciation for. I couldn't imagine having those things taken away from me and I want to show gratitude now because no way do I want our marriage to go through what the Rossiters did! I also realized how important accountability is between spouses. Juliet realized changes in her husband that were unlike him, but didn't say anything or keep him accountable. I do not want to be like that. Overall, Devotion was such a hard book to read only because the journey was so painful, but once you complete the novel you can see the joy of healing (well really after halfway through the book)! I would recommend for every couple just simply to remind us that we need to guard our hearts and not let complacency define our marriage! God created marriage for so such more! I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review!
DMcVay More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book and the message it shared.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Devotion by Marianne Evans is a Christian Romance. This book reveals the deep thoughts of the characters and their devotion to each other and to God. It is very well written. I read well into the wee hours on this one although I usually prefer something with more twists and turns in the plot.
dun1 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Marianne Evans and it was AWESOME! I love that she took us on the journey to healing and restoration the way God of would have us to do it. I could feel all the emotions of both of the main characters and that it made me feel so connected to them; therefore I was rooting for them to make. Infidelity is a devastating sin, but I believe couples can heal from it and have a stronger, better and happier God centered marriage. I received a courtesy copy of this book from TBCN for my honest review.
JaniceSGarey More than 1 year ago
The married couple portrayed in this story have been too busy to sustain the intensity of love and passion they once felt. An affair, in the making, threatens to completely demolish hopes for a continuing good marriage. The author's authentic internal dialogue between the main characters' thinking selfishly on the one side of the brain while on the other side remembering the wisdom of God's instruction from the Bible is an awesome revealing of what a difference it makes to be a Christian. As dilemmas present true-to-life drama, God's word comes into their minds to remind them of the right thing to do. They do not always respond favorably to His prompts. Of course, those wrong choices add more conflict and a bit of mystery as to where will this mistake take the character. The struggle to follow the human emotions of the moment---anger, unforgiveness, lust, self-condemnation, self-pity, etc. rather than paying attention to the truth of God's word is brilliantly on display. Kellen and Juliet are characters you want to spend time with. Not only do you enjoy time with them, but you also feel yourself spending time with God in the reading of Devotion. The book shows how God's word circles around a believer who is in trouble and needs God's immediate intervention to rescue and deliver. The power of His living word is highlighted in an engaging way.
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by Marianne Evans. I really like the book well written. Devotion to me is giving my all to someone I love. Once trust is broken in a marriage it is very hard to rebuild it. The main characters in the story found this out by looking upon someone and one out of line kissed cost there marriage. Both the wife Juliet and Husband are Christians. Which no one is safe from this, but if your eyes are where they are suppose to be this should not happen. We need to keep our focus on God and our vessels pure. The story was sad to me though.
LeahB123 More than 1 year ago
Marianne Evan’s book, Devotion, is about a couple married almost nine years, very much in love, trying to get pregnant, and spending far too much time apart. This book shows how we need to stay focused on our marriage, no matter how much in love we are. Devotion is a book that draws you in from the start. Anyone reading this book will be pulled into Kellen and Juliet Rossiter’s lives…to see how if a couple doesn’t stay on track with their marriage, outside forces can blindside them, and things may happen that they really have no intention of doing. Things can happen so quickly that could harm a marriage permanently. The less time you spend with God, the easier it is to ignore the little voice inside that keeps giving you warning to flee temptation. Devotion shows, though, that no matter what may happen, God can overcome situations that the devil would love to have ruin a marriage. Trust can be won back. Romance can be brought back. It will take time, but it can happen.Kellen is an agent in the music business. He has both Christian and non-Christian artists he has helped become famous. Working in this business keeps him busy. He gets more and more busy, to the point that he stops going to church, stops reading his Bible, and quite simply just doesn’t give God any time.Juliet is very involved at church and in ministry. “ ‘The Rushton Free Clinic was Juliet’s brainchild, and not only did she pour a substantial amount of funding into the project, but she also backed up monetary assistance with effort—solid sweat and muscle...God has worked through you and your team to turn Rushton from a dream into a reality.’ ” Doing this work, although rewarding, and very giving, takes a lot of time—away from her husband and their life together.Devotion shows how much we need to seek God in every aspect of our lives, to not give in to little things, because they can add up to big things. We marry for better or for worse, till death do us part. Not just for the better, not just if things are going well. Every couple needs to remember the vows they made on their wedding day. All too often, something happens, and it is “easier” to just give up, give up on the marriage, on each other, on everything. Till death do us part has become almost meaningless in weddings nowadays. Divorce has been made so simple; couples don’t have to fight for their marriage anymore. This is entirely too sad an outcome in our society. Devotion will give any couple struggling with their marriage several reasons why they should fight for their marriage, to not give up so easily.This is an amazing book that shows the importance of these things in a marriage, including, but not limited to: keeping God at the center of your relationship, time spent in the Word, fellowship with other believers, time spent together, communication with each other.Devotion helped show me that no matter how strong you think your marriage may be, we can all take measures to safeguard our marriages against circumstances that would undermine it. Please read this book--you won't regret it!!!!
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Emotionally charged! Music agent Kellen Lassiter has been dedicated to his career, and has achieved success and the advantages that accompany it. His wife Juliet is vigorously involved in Christian volunteer work through their church. They represent a perfect couple, full of love and devotion to one another, and committed to Christ-centered lives. Only their dream of a home filled with children hasn't come to fruition. Both Kellen and Juliet have become more involved in their outside commitments which has imposed some constraints in their personal lives. Kellen is intensely involved in the music agency, but less involved in church activities. Juliet fills her days with a concentrated drive to accomplish her goals of reaching out to the needy through her church efforts. In an unsuspecting moment Kellen succombs to temptation by a beautiful and flirtatious new client. Juliet's entire world is rocked by the discovery that Kellen has disgraced their relationship through an incident that drives a painful wedge in their otherwise flawless marriage. Juliet's knowledge of the incident is so painful that she can see no way to overcome and forgive Kellen's deceit. The road to forgiveness and healing becomes encumbered by countless incidents that invade Juliet's broken heart. This story of a beautiful marriage that meets with a painful stumbling block could be an event that any married couple could encounter. It's a lesson in heeding God's warnings and keeping the sanctity of marriage holy. Marianne Evans creates a distinct realism in her fictional characterizations, so descriptively and agonizingly painful that the reader aches from the events that evolve from a moment of inappropriate passion. Devotion is written with limitless Christian passion and poignancy. Ms. Evans pulls out all the stops when it comes to revealing the pain and heartache that are the result of bad judgment in her characters. The road to forgiveness, acceptance and unrestrained love is written in painfully descriptive moments in time between Kellen and Juliet. Marianne Evans is a very gifted author whose writing flows like streams of water, over the boulders of life, and along fragrant pastures filled with life and growth. I highly recommend this work of art to all who enjoy Christian fiction, and for those who seek improved relationships in their marriage. This is a rare revelation into the workings of acceptance, forgiveness and total devotion. Disclaimer: A PDF copy of "Devotion" was given to me as a gift from the author in return for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions expressed are my own.
sunshineJB More than 1 year ago
Devotion is a book that shows you just how much satan plays a hand in trying to destroy marriages. Even though this book is fiction it could very well be a true story and I have no doubt in my mind that a few readers can relate. I know it hit home for me. I have never cried so much while reading a book. My emotions went through it all. Laughter, joy, happiness, disbelief, anger, sorrow, and hopelessness. When a Christian couple has a marriage devoted to each other that is when satan attacks; and attack he did. The main characters in this book Kellen and Juliet Rossiter both possessed strong Christian values and seemed to have it all. They had a strong marriage, they were active in their church and they both loved God. I related quite well to Juliet as I have walked in her shoes. Raw emotions took over while I was reading this book. It was an emotional ride for me. This book will show you that God allows us to make choices, right or wrong. It is about learning to let go and let God. It is about earning trust again. Most importantly, it is about forgiveness. Please pick up a copy of this book. It could change your marriage! Thank you Marianne Evans for writing Devotion.
DeliaLatham More than 1 year ago
How can I review this book in words that aren’t stale, over-used “standard fare”? I desperately want to do that, because DEVOTION  is NOT standard fare. It reaches deep, deep into the reader’s emotions and touches the most sensitive places in the soul. Perhaps because I had read the author’s Woodland series, I already felt a bond with Kellen and Juliet—and loved their obvious devotion to one another. When the back cover text made it obvious that beautiful relationship would be shadowed by infidelity, my heart broke…my spirit rebelled. I wasn’t sure I even wanted to read the book. I’m glad I did. Because the truth is, even the strongest of relationships endure temptation and whether through infidelity or some other “bump in the road,” all go through difficult times and must find a way to forgiveness and triumph if they are to succeed. Evans portrayed Kellen and Juliet’s trial by fire in vivid brushstrokes that leave a lasting imprint on the reader’s mind. Their path to recovery becomes difficult to endure at times because the characters are so real that the reader’s heart beats in perfect synch…she suffers through each wrench of the emotions and feels the dampness of every tear on her own face. DEVOTION is a deeply emotional experience…a shining example of stellar writing, and of God’s unparalleled finesse in mending a damaged masterpiece to make it even better, even more beautiful than before. Bravo, Ms. Evans!
Sheila2 More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love reading stories that reach the core of my heart and soul…and I love sharing when one has truly made an indelible impression! DEVOTION, the latest book from Faith-Affirming Fiction author Marianne Evans, has so beautifully left its mark! Having read all of Marianne’s titles, I anticipated developing a love relationship with her newest novel…I didn’t anticipate, however, that my heart and spirit would resonate so completely. With such artistic skill, Marianne’s writing style promises to engage your every sense, transporting you with descriptive words that magically flow from page to page as she paints a realistic story. DEVOTION will take you on an emotionally-and-spiritually-gripping roller coaster ride as you journey with one couple, Kellen and Juliet, through the twists and turns of a marriage experiencing complacency, ultimately leading to temptation and resulting in infidelity. Similar to realities experienced by so many couples today, their story honestly portrays what can happen when the marriage relationship is taken for granted and allowed to become stagnant. When trust is trampled on and marital vows have been violated, how does a couple manage to recover or repair the damage…is it even possible? In a culture where divorce alarmingly permeates even the strongest and successful-appearing Christian marriages, DEVOTION offers a refreshing perspective on keeping the marriage bond intact in spite of threatening offenses. Through the supportive character of Pastor Gene, wise counsel and guidance is given on how to preserve the sanctity of a marriage covenant, navigate through heart-wrenching and soul-searching circumstances, and breathe fresh life into a broken relationship. Filled with themes of hope, redemption, second chances, and new beginnings, DEVOTION delivers a captivating story about the power of God’s love, healing and forgiveness…and all the potential blessings awaiting those who have committed their lives in devotion to God and to each other. It’s a definite MUST-READ for every married or engaged couple, or singles waiting for their lifetime love, and is particularly ESSENTIAL for every marriage that has experienced the pain of infidelity. I found this book endearing, completely engaging from its opening lines, and deeply emotionally and spiritually compelling throughout. I’d give it more than five stars if I could…yes, it’s THAT good! Tremendous blessings await you throughout the pages of DEVOTION, so please check it out…you’ll see what I mean! Bravo, Marianne, on penning a heart-and-soul-stirring story that beautifully addresses such a challenging topic!
donnabsnow More than 1 year ago
This story is phenomenal! I couldn't put it down - and when I did have to, I couldn't wait to pick it back up. All of it felt so real - the unwanted chemistry, the fears, the loss of trust. This story had me crying, hoping, and begging for them to make it. This is so realistic to the dangers every marriage faces - even the most devoted of couples can let things slide, put things off, make excuses for the distance that can creep in. And ultimately, only God can make any marriage work. What a wonderful, heartbreaking testament to true faith this story is. I can't imagine how many tears Ms. Evans shed as she penned this work of art. Wonderful job!