The Troublesome Angel [NOOK Book]

Overview


The pint-sized orphan had big, big plans...

She longed for Graydon Payne to be her daddy, and Stacy Lucas to be her mommy. And there was only one way to bring them together: by running away....

Stacy would do anything to find the lost child—even face the man she never wanted to see again. She had managed to avoid Gray all these years. Now it was time to put their differences aside and join forces on a ...

See more details below
The Troublesome Angel

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$4.49
BN.com price
(Save 10%)$4.99 List Price

Overview


The pint-sized orphan had big, big plans...

She longed for Graydon Payne to be her daddy, and Stacy Lucas to be her mommy. And there was only one way to bring them together: by running away....

Stacy would do anything to find the lost child—even face the man she never wanted to see again. She had managed to avoid Gray all these years. Now it was time to put their differences aside and join forces on a heart-wrenching mission.

Since Gray had last seen Stacy, he had discovered something more powerful than his wealthy family. But it would take more than steadfast faith to locate the missing cherub in the vast Ozark wilderness—and to convince Stacy to give him another chance. It might even take a miracle....

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781459203600
  • Publisher: Steeple Hill Books
  • Publication date: 2/21/2011
  • Series: Love Inspired Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 281,652
  • File size: 542 KB

Meet the Author


Valerie Hansen resides in the rural Ozarks where she writes the books of her heart for Love Inspired Romance and Suspense. She'll soon add LI Historicals, too! She is married to her childhood sweetheart and has worked as a teacher's-aide, EMT, fire dept. dispatcher, dog breeder, commercial artist, dulcimer builder, Veterinarian's asst., 4-H leader, Sunday School teacher, antique restorer and certified Storm Spotter, etc. See ValerieHansen.com for more!
Read More Show Less

First Chapter

The Troublesome Angel


By Valerie Hansen

Steeple Hill

Copyright © 2005 Valerie Hansen
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0373809727

Stacy Lucas couldn't help praying the same thing over and over. "Please, Father, guide my steps and let me be in time. Please, Father..."

Barely two hours had passed since she'd received the emergency call. That was a plus. It would have been even better if she'd been at home in Cave City, instead of leading a searchandrescue seminar hundreds of miles away. The quicker she went to work after a person was discovered missing, the greater the likelihood of success.

She focused her thoughts on the lost child as the small plane circled lower over the lush green hills of the Arkansas Ozarks, preparing to land. The scared little girl would probably hide. Most of them did. That was why Stacy's trained tracking dogs were so essential.

Her friends, Angela and Judy, both rushed across the tarmac to welcome her with hugs as soon as she climbed down out of the Cessna plane. They were babbling so anxiously they drowned each other out.

"Whoa. Take it easy, you two." Stacy stepped back and held up her hands. "Everything'll be fine. You'll see. Just give me a chance to get the dogs out of their crates and we can get started. You have no idea how worried I was when I realized it was your campground I was being sent to."

"We didn't want to bother you. Honest, we didn't," Angela told her. "Especially since — ""

"Hey, don't apologize. I'm glad to be here. When all this is over, we'll have to catch up on old times."

She turned back to the plane and retrieved her gear from the cargo area while she watched the pilot and another man unload her dogs in their lightweight traveling kennels.

As soon as both dog boxes were safely on the ground, Stacy concentrated on her worried friends. "I'll want to know everything about the missing girl. Even the stuff you don't think is important. You can fill me in while we drive back to your place, okay?"

"It isn't going to be that easy," Angela warned.

"Why not?" Stacy was releasing her older searchandrescue dog, Lewis, from his portable kennel. The halfgrown pup, Clark, whined and barked to be let out. As soon as she had both dogs secured on leashes, she looked to her lifelong friends for an answer.

Angela Gardino was short and darkhaired. Blond Judy McKenna was the tallest of the three. Neither seemed eager to fill her in. Stacy frowned. "Well, guys?"

"Because of him." Judy nodded toward the Spring River Campground van parked at the edge of the tarmac.

Stacy shaded her eyes and peered. Tinted windows kept her from seeing inside. "Who is it?"

"The kid's uncle." Angela's voice was strained.

"You'll never guess who he turned out to be."

"Suppose you just tell me."

Angela shook her dark curls and looked to Judy for moral support. "You do it."

"Oh, sure. Hang this on me." Judy bent, patted the eager dogs to stall for time, then straightened with a sigh. "Tell you what. Why don't we all go over to the van and let you see for yourself?"

Stacy was getting exasperated. "Look, is there a little girl lost in the woods, or not?"

"Oh, there is, all right," Angela grumbled.

"Then what are we standing around talking for? Every minute counts." Stacy slung her pack over one shoulder. "Give me a hand with the dogs' crates, will you?"

The other two women were already lifting the cages by themselves. "We'll get these," Judy insisted. "You go on ahead."

"Okay. Just hurry up." Leading the way to the van, Stacy had no trouble attributing most of her old friends' obvious nervousness to the distressing situation of having a helpless child lost from their campground. Thank goodness the local authorities had had the good sense to call in a team of search dogs before the situation deteriorated.

She was barely twenty feet from the beige van when its sliding side door opened and a tall man stepped out. A baseball cap and sunglasses shaded most of his face. The rest of him was dressed far too formally for a trek in the woods, let alone camping. His suit was neatly pressed, his shoes obviously expensive. Something about his bearing reminded her of someone. Who?

The man raised his head. Dark glasses still masked his eyes, and yet... That strong chin! That arrogant mouth! That cynical expression!

Stacy's breath caught. Her stomach knotted. Her eyes widened. Graydon Payne, of all people! No wonder Angela and Judy hadn't wanted to tell her!

"Oh, dear God," she whispered. "What have I done to deserve this?""

Sensing her sudden apprehension, Lewis bristled and growled at the man. Clark, however, seemed oblivious to anything but the exciting chance to meet a new person.

Stacy expertly controlled both dogs as she approached.

The imposing man frowned. "What are you doing here?"

"I'll be coordinating the search efforts for a missing little girl." She squared her shoulders proudly beneath her insulated jacket. "It's what I do now."

"For a living?" He sounded incredulous.

"Parttime, yes," Stacy said. "I suppose that surprises you, doesn't it?"

"It floors me."

"Good." She dropped her pack at his feet.

"Stow that carefully, then help Judy and Angela load the dog crates in the back, will you?"

"I beg your pardon?"



Continues...

Excerpted from The Troublesome Angel by Valerie Hansen Copyright © 2005 by Valerie Hansen. Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(1)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)