Third Strand of the Cord: A Novel of Love in Liberty

Third Strand of the Cord: A Novel of Love in Liberty

by Catherine Richmond


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She prayed for a fairy godmother and got a... karate instructor?

Hard-working single mom Caroline Jameson wonders why her son is so unruly. Weren't children with Down syndrome supposed to be cuddly and compliant? Her ex says the boy belongs in an institution. Caroline will do anything to prove him wrong, even sign her son up for karate classes with a know-it-all instructor.
Lee Marivaux is an expert at reading people. He knows his feisty new student will thrive with firm guidance - and he's right. He pegs the boy's mother as a clueless socialite who loafs at the country club - and he's never been so wrong.
It's a battle of wills and misperceptions - until Caroline's abusive ex shows up, demanding custody. Can Lee and Caroline join forces to keep the boy safe? And in a town called Liberty, will love give them the freedom to braid themselves into a strong new family?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780996588713
Publisher: Catherine Richmond
Publication date: 09/30/2016
Pages: 346
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

I was busy raising a family, working as an occupational therapist, and trying to remember where I hid the chocolate, when a song sparked a story within me. The journey to publication has been long, but full of blessings. I couldn't have done it without ACFW, RWA, and FHL, the inspirational chapter of RWA, and Nebraska Novelists critique group.

I was born in Washington, DC, grew up in northern Virginia, attended Western Michigan University, and moved around a lot for my husband's aviation career. Maybe our paths have crossed; shoot me an email and we'll figure it out!

My favorite place to write is the porch. Then I reward myself with reading time in my air chair - and chocolate, of course!

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Third Strand of the Cord: A Novel of Love in Liberty 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
D-does-reviews More than 1 year ago
I absolutely devoured this book because of the wonderful storytelling of this new-to-me author whose characters grabbed me by the heart insuring this is a story I won’t soon forget. Caroline’s life is exhaustingly chaotic because she’s a single working parent dealing with they unpredictability of her son’s behavior because he was born with Down Syndrome. That is until the day she meets Trent’s new karate teacher whose brilliant tutelage of her son slowly transforms both of their lives because of his excellent insight into kids with disabilities. Lee is an unusual man who lives life in the moment, never worrying about where he’ll sleep or if he’ll eat because God provides, and his Christian beliefs are just as strong as his Cajun accent. This book has a wonderful Christian message that is universal and the painfully awkward slow- building romance between Caroline and Lee is precious and heartwarming. I read an early copy of this book provided by BooksGoSocial through NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.
AFerri More than 1 year ago
This is a well written book about the trials of a single mom raising a child with down syndrome with romance threw in. It was a good read. Thanks to BooksGoSocial and NetGalley for the free arc copy of this book. This is my honest opinion.
Anne_Baxter_Campbell More than 1 year ago
One of the last reviews I wrote had a comment on it that I'd failed to say what I thought about the book. Well, let me say this: Third Strand of the Cord is definitely one of the best-written Christian romances I've read. What could be more compelling? A Down's Syndrome six-year-old boy, the determined mother trying to protect her son from prejudice, from stereotyping, and from his own father (her ex)--and from Trent's impulsive, aggressive, and mischievous behavior. On the strong recommendation from his occupational therapist, she enrolls him in a Karate class. Even though she doesn't understand how teaching a child to fight will help. Lee Marivaux is the instructor, a Cajun with a knack with kids. Caroline isn't even sure her developmentally behind son understands anything she says, but for some reason, he understands the new instructor and, more miraculously, obeys him. You have probably guessed that Caroline and Lee are the two afore-mentioned romance's proponents. The ex is the evil antagonist. Not to mention you will want to on occasion, shake both Caroline and Lee from their stubborn refusal to see what's right in front of them--so you might say that on occasion first one and then the other is also an antagonist. I received a copy of Third Strand of the Cord from the author in return for an honest review.