Title: Her Daughter’s Preacher
Author: Jeannie Sharpe
Genre: Christian Romance
Corey's life fell apart when her preacher husband turned his back on her and their family. Corey is raising the kids on her own, but she is struggling. She has no support from her family, and she is estranged from the faith that was her foundation for most of her life. So, when she meets a handsome man that turns out to be her daughter's preacher, she is determined to keep her distance.
No way, no how will she make that mistake again.
But this preacher has his eyes on Corey, and he will not give up easily. Will Corey learn to love again and possibly find her faith in the process?
Corey Fisher retied her apron and took a deep breath. Herbert Greenly, the owner of the diner, took his sweet time finishing the hamburger plates her panicky customers needed ASAP. From the looks of them, it wasn’t what they needed, but what they wanted. She felt their eyes on her, silently demanding her speedy delivery of their food.
Her wish? They would leave with to-go bags. A tip? Out of the question. She knew their kind. Always impatient and very demanding. If she had her way, she’d hurry and help Herbert prepare the dishes, but that was a huge no-no. Herbert did things his way and wanted his waitresses to stay out of his kitchen.
A huge smile crossed his lips, as he spied Corey peeking through the food window. “You can never hurry perfection. That’s what customers love about our food. It keeps them returning.”
“Yeah, yeah,” Corey replied.
Dreams of having her own restaurant flooded her thoughts. To even finish college would be a huge accomplishment for the tired waitress. Maybe one day.
Corey approached the four men waiting and placed the plates of steaming burgers in front of them with fresh home-cut fries. “Is there anything else I can get you?”
“Yes, a refill for our drinks.” The overweight one, with curly black hair, demanded as he wiggled his half-full glass.
“Sure.” She gathered all four glasses at once. “You all had Coke?”
“Yeah, that’s right,” another said.
“I’ll be right back.”
The man with the beard yelled, “You’re a very pretty girl. What’s your name?”
Still walking, she replied, “Corey. Thanks for the compliment.”
“You’ve worked here long?”
She abruptly spun around. “Why all the questions?”
“Just curious.” He bit into his burger and wiped his mouth with his napkin. Speaking with his mouth full, he pointed to the kitchen. “Tell that guy his burgers are great.”
“I’ll tell him. Thank you.” She dashed behind the counter, pressed the Coke button and refilled their cups.
Why wasn’t God hearing her prayers? It was already December. Her rent was due, and she hadn’t even bought the first Christmas present. How in the world would she manage?
Corey Fisher worked all hours of the day, leaving her two daughters to fend for themselves. Up at the crack of dawn to start work at Herbert’s Diner, then to Knox County Library until closing. Her days off were spent delivering newspapers for the Camden Chronicle.
Rain or shine, she’d stop by the house, rest for an hour, then out the door she went, shoving the girls in her beat up, run down, burgundy Toyota to deliver stacks and stacks of Camden Chronicle newspapers to five neighborhoods.
“Corey to earth.”
Corey felt something hit her face. “Did you throw this straw at me?”
“Yes. I need you here, not in Zululand.”
“Mr. Herbert.” She hurled the straw in his direction.
“Is something wrong?” He frowned.
“I was thinking of the girls. My rent’s due. What else can I tell you?” She pushed her hair away from her face.
“Yeah, Christmas is coming up pretty fast.”
“I haven’t bought any Christmas gifts for Haley or Sara Anne.”
“Miss? We need refills.” The demanding customers shouted across the diner.
“I’ll be right there.” She rolled her eyes toward Herbert. She didn’t waste any time dilly-dallying. “Here you are,” she said, as she placed the glasses of Coke on their table.
“Thank you,” the nice looking bearded one said.
“You’re welcome. Is there anything else I can get you guys?”
“Our check please,” She noticed in addition to his attractive looks, the young man was dressed impeccably well.
Corey reached in her apron pocket and placed their check on the table. “Have a nice day and Merry Christmas.”
“Thanks, Miss.” Two of them replied at the same moment.
As the men were leaving, the nicely dressed man stopped at the counter. “Hey.”
“Can I get you something?”
“No. I wanted to give you this.” He reached across the counter and placed a bill into her hand.
“Thanks. I really appreciate it.”
“Would you like to go out sometime?”
Her lips etched into a grin as she put the bill into her pocket. “I don’t think so, but thanks anyway.” Her gaze went to his bright blue eyes. He’s cute. Really handsome. He’s different from the rest.
“Merry Christmas,” he said.
“Thanks. You too.” She watched him leave and propped against one of the stools at the bar. I hope we have a Christmas.
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Love to write. I am trying to give readers the same feelings I felt when reading Karen Kingsbury and Debbie Macomber's books. Having two books out, The Baker's Husband and Her Preacher's Daughter. I'm reaching the finish of my third book in the Second Chances Series. Thank you for taking the time to read my bio. I am married with two children, have two dogs and want to have a writing career sometime in the near future. With your help my dreams can come true. God Bless You!
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