or the family she’s looking for?
When single mom Faith Brennan discovers the Virginia inn she grew up in is for sale, she’s determined to make a bid. Even if that means going head-to-head with handsome real estate broker Joshua Carlson. But competing with Joshua would be a lot easier if Faith’s young daughter wasn’t growing so attached to him…and if Faith could stop picturing running the inn with Joshua by her side.
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About the Author
By day, Jill Weatherholt works for the City of Charlotte. At night and on the weekend she writes contemporary stories of love, faith and forgiveness. Raised in the suburbs of Washington D.C., she resides in Charlotte, NC. She holds a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and Paralegal Certification from Duke University. Jill believes in enjoying every moment because God has everything under control. She loves connecting with readers at JillWeatherholt.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A FATHER FOR BELLA by Jill Weatherholt is the heartwarming story of Faith Brennan – widowed Mom and the manager of the Black Bear Inn and Ski Resort in Whispering Slopes, her adorable 5 year old daughter Bella, and Joshua Carlson - real estate broker. Faith and Joshua have a similar goal – to own the inn. Faith is determined to be the high bidder when the inn goes on the auction block. She’s not about to lose the place she has always known as home much less uproot her daughter. Joshua is equally determined to fulfill a promise to his dying mother – the only one that showed him love and direction growing up – to keep the inn in the family. A little part of him also wants to prove to his dysfunctional, unfeeling, hardnosed father that he can make it on his own. To Joshua, money is no object. Even when his father cut off his trust, he is able to get financial backing. Each have their own share of heartache from the past. Faith’s husband died fighting a fire in an occupation she had pushed him into leaving her to raise Bella on her own. Giving her all her love, she still wonders if she is adequate in playing the part of both parents. Joshua was divorced by the woman he loved over money – or lack of it rather. When he had the falling out with his father and left the firm, the temporary lack of money and status had her running into the arms of a wealthier man leaving him broken. Bella, on the other hand, has all she needs – a Mom that loves her and Plato her loveable new puppy – except for her own true dream – a Dad. From the moment she sets eyes on Joshua when he finds her lost in the big black forest on that cold late afternoon, she fell in love with him and felt he would be her Dad someday. She wraps herself around his heart with her smile, endearing ways and by just being Bella. Who is going to have the high bid to get the inn? Will dreams be shattered? Will a fire at the inn bring them all closer? Even if they join forces, will outsiders derail the plans? Can Joshua’s father’s heart be thawed when faced with events of the past? Can Bella’s desire for a father come to fruition? Jill Weatherholt does an amazing job of presenting both Faith’s and Joshua’s side that there’s no way to choose sides but rather you ride the middle hoping that the distance between them merges into one. A FATHER FOR BELLA is about determination, forgiveness, hope, love and faith all rolls into one truly amazing story. It’s a story that will have you crossing your fingers and hoping right along with Bella. I immensely enjoyed reading A FATHER FOR BELLA and I feel you would too. I highly recommend it!
Weatherholt has created yet another heartwarming tale with more depth than the genre might first suggest. Her prose is fluid, her characters dimensional, and the backdrop of a small inn during ski season in Virginia a cozy setting. I enjoyed the interplay between Faith and Joshua as they compete to bid for the inn that will soon be up for auction. Though Joshua is the one with the money and ties, Faith has her heart set on acquiring the inn that has so much personal meaning for her. What she doesn't realize is that the same holds true for Joshua. This makes for a nice conflict in the will-they, won't-they dynamic. It's a quick, feel-good, summer read.