Today's 20 Days of Love showcases the stirrings of a love so sweet because it has its foundations in Christ. It's the beginning of a relationship that holds out promise. LaToya Martin shares her novel, Pain's Purpose. Read on...
About Pain's Purpose...
With life growing inside of her, Talia Williams finally understood that love could no longer hold her abusive marriage together. To prevent losing another baby, she seeks refuge with her parents, but with Khalil hot on her trail, she is forced to move in with her sorority sister, Alanna Davis. Living under one roof gives the women an opportunity to reconcile past differences and together deal with love, pain, and life’s transitions.
Realizing that the search for his wife is in vain, Khalil retreats. He comes to accept the consequences of his actions and attempts to reconstruct his life, but an unexpected visitor from his past may destroy all that he has worked to rebuild.
Eventually, futile efforts to handle life on her own push Talia into the arms of Christ and give her the hope that she needs to believe that her marriage can be healed. Just when all seems well, she is blindsided by tragedy, causing her faith and relationships to be stretched to the limit.
Pain’s Purpose is the first in a series that tells the story of reconciliation, forgiveness, and discovery of unconditional love.
As they strolled the beach for a while, enjoying each other’s company and the sunset’s array of colors painting the sky, he tenderly brushed his fingers against hers, bidding her to take his hand. Fear
gripped her momentarily, causing her to halt what seemed so natural.
But God immediately brought a scripture to her remembrance: There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear. And though she wasn’t in love with him yet, she knew she could easily discern her relenting heart, finally allowing the walls she had built up over time to come crashing down. She was already smitten by his every move and the smoothness of his baritone voice. From their phone conversations, she could easily see that he was a man after God’s own heart, attracting her all the more.
Bryan sensed her hesitation but was glad she let go of her inhibitions when he felt the softness of her hand, accepting his invitation. Alanna swore he could hear the cadence of her heart pounding by the waggish grin he gave when their hands intertwined, but she no longer cared. If there was any possibility of a relationship, transparency had to be the driving force.
Walking along the beach’s shore proved to be better than Alanna expected. It didn’t matter that her stilettos now hung from her manicured fingers instead of cradling her feet. Or that her hair, now
slightly tousled, had become subject to the breeze flowing off the ocean’s cool waters. All that mattered was the inward warmth she felt radiating over her entire body as their hands remained locked. Every time he smiled at her sent chills down her spine. And she concluded that chivalry was far from dead when Bryan, seeing the goose bumps surfacing down her bare arms from the slight chill in the air, eagerly slipped out of his sports coat and wrapped it around her shoulders, providing her with the heat she needed. His gentlemanly gesture only caused more goose bumps to emerge, and she wished it was his arms wrapped around her instead of his coat. Seriously, this is too good to be true.
The first-time novelist LaToya C. Martin has loved writing since childhood. LaToya hails from San Antonio but has resided in the Houston for almost a decade, where she raises a precocious daughter and teaches students with hearing loss, all the while remaining an active member of her church and community.
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