Thursday, March 1, 2012

Carrie Turansky's A Man to Trust

Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of ten novels and novellas. She has been a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award and The Genesis Award, and winner of the Carol Award and Crystal Globe Award. Carrie writes contemporary and historical romance. Her latest releases are A Man To Trust, Surrendered Hearts, and Christmas Mail-Order Brides. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, speaker and counselor. They have five adult children and three grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys gardening, reading, flower arranging, and cooking for friends and Family. Her website is htpp://

You can also find Carrie online at:!/carrieturansky

A Man To Trust

After years spent helping manage her family's Christian bookstore, it's time for Adrie Chandler to give her own dream of playing her flute with a symphony orchestra a chance. But can she really trust the beloved shop to new manager Ross Peterson? The man is too handsome, too charming. . .and too much a reminder of another dream Adrie had to let go of — marriage. Yet Ross surprises her by knowing a thing or two about making sacrifices. Suddenly, Adrie is questioning what she really wants. And whether the dreams she once thought unlikely are within reach after all.

Here's an excerpt from A Man To Trust:

Chapter One

Today, of all days, Adrienne Chandler should’ve been swathed in white chiffon and Belgium lace. Instead, she wore khaki pants and a navy-blue knit shirt with the words Bayside Books stitched in red over the pocket. Rather than floating down the church aisle on the arm of her father, she hid in the back office of her grandmother’s bookstore, hovering over a slightly lopsided birthday cake.

Adrie struck a match and lit the two large purple candles shaped like the numbers seven and zero on top of Nana’s cake. With a quick huff, she blew out the match and touched up a spot where the chocolate cake peeked through the pale pink butter cream frosting.

If her life had gone as she’d planned, she’d be enjoying wedding cake rather than birthday cake, but it was time to stop dwelling on what should’ve been and make today special for her grandma.

Hannah Bodine, one of her grandma’s dearest friends, peeked in the doorway. She held up her bright red cell phone, her cheeks glowing from the warmth of the late summer afternoon. “Your grandmother’s on her way!”

Adrie forced a smile. “All right. Let’s get the party started.”

More than a dozen of her grandmother’s friends turned to watch as Adrie walked into the bookstore’s café, carrying the cake topped with the blazing purple candles.

“They should be here any second,” Hannah said. “Barb has been keeping Marian busy over at Three French Hens.”

Adrie chuckled at the thought of thrifty Nana shopping at the trendy boutique rather than the clearance racks of her favorite department store.

Irene Coleman, another member of her grandma’s close-knit group of friends, affectionately known around town as the Bayside Treasures, hurried over. “As soon as they come in I’ll shout surprise, but you start the song. I sing like an old jaybird.”

“Oh, Irene, you don’t sound like a jaybird.”

“Of course not,” Hannah added with a teasing twinkle in her eyes. “She sounds more like an old crow.”

Irene gasped, then broke out in giggles and clutched Hannah’s arm. “I’ll get you for that one.”

“Quiet, everyone. They’re coming in the front door!” The crowd hushed just as the bell jingled. A few seconds later her grandmother and Barb Gunderson walked toward the back of the store.

“Where’s Adrie? I thought she was going to hold down the fort until we got back.” Marian Chandler stepped around the end of the bookshelves.

“Surprise! Happy Birthday!” The chorus of friends leaped up from the tables, clapping and waving purple balloons and handmade happy birthday signs.

Adrie walked forward with the glowing cake and started singing.

Nana’s expression bloomed from wide-eyed shock to a teary smile. “Thank you all so much. What a wonderful surprise.” Her gaze traveled around the circle of friends, then settled on Adrie. “You planned this, didn’t you?”

Adrie smiled and shrugged slightly. “Yes, but I had a lot of help from the Bayside Treasures.”

“Oh, you darling girl.” Nana hugged Adrie, then embraced her fellow Treasures, Hannah, Irene and Barb. “I thought it was odd you had so much trouble making up your mind about that outfit at the boutique,” she said to Barb. “Made me wonder if you were losing your grip.”

“Not yet, honey,” Barb said.

Nana beamed them a bright smile. “So what are we waiting for? Let’s eat cake!”

Barb took charge, cutting generous slices. Hannah added scoops of vanilla ice cream to each plate, while Irene served coffee and iced tea.

Adrie smiled and stood back, watching her grandma make the rounds and greet her friends. Her bright blue eyes glowed each time she received a hug or birthday card. She had known many of these people for over thirty years, since she and Grandpa Bill had opened Bayside Books in the early eighties. It was the only Christian bookstore in Fairhaven, and it served as a lighthouse to the community and a gathering place for family and friends.

The bell over the front door jingled again, and Adrie glanced down the aisle.

Cameron McKenna, owner of McKenna’s Frame Shop, stepped inside. Adrie’s friend, Rachel Clark, had recently announced her engagement to Cam, and they were planning an early fall wedding. Adrie released a wistful sigh. At least someone’s relationship was working out.

Another man followed Cam through the door. As he came into view, Adrie sucked in a quick breath. For a split second she thought it was her former fiancé, Adam Sheffield, but she quickly realized her mistake. Though his height and coloring were similar, this man’s dark-brown hair was longer, sweeping across his forehead and touching his collar in the back.

Over his shoulder, he carried what looked like a black leather camera bag. His well-worn jeans and the light blue shirt with the sleeves rolled up sealed the difference. Adam never wore such casual clothes. His were always tailored and professional.

The man’s large, dark eyes focused on Adrie. He nodded and sent her warm smile.

She quickly looked away, trying to shake off her discomfort over his resemblance to Adam.

“Hi, Adrie.” Cam crossed toward her. “Looks like there’s a party going on.”

She looked up at Cam, but her traitorous gaze kept drifting toward the other man. “Yes, we’re celebrating Marian’s seventieth birthday.”

“Sorry, we didn’t mean to crash your party,” Cam said.

Her eyes snapped back to Cam. “Oh, it’s okay. You’re welcome to stay. Would you like some cake?”

Cam turned to his friend and lifted one eyebrow.

The man grinned and nodded. “I always say yes to cake.”

“Adrie, this is Ross Peterson. Ross, this is Adrienne Chandler. She manages the bookstore with her grandmother.”

“Hello, Adrienne.” Ross held out his hand.

She hesitated a split second, then offered her hand. His grip was firm and confident, his fingers smooth and warm. She looked into his dark brown eyes, and a ripple of awareness traveled through her. Heat flooded her face. She dropped his hand and turned back to Cam. “So, how can I help you?”

“Actually, I think we might be able to help you,” Ross said.

Her gaze darted back to Ross.

“Oh, Cam, good to see you!” Hannah bustled over and gave each man a quick hug. She turned and motioned Marian to join them.

“So, did you come for the party, or is there something we can help you with?” Marian asked.

“We heard you were looking to hire a new manager for the bookstore,” Cam said.

“That’s right. Adrie’s been helping me for over a year now, since my husband passed away, but I want to free her up so she can play her flute professionally.”

Ross lifted his eyebrows and studied Adrie with renewed interest.

Her face flushed—again. Why did he seem surprised? Didn’t she look like she could be a professional musician?

Cam clamped his friend on the shoulder. “I think Ross might be just the man for the job.”

Adrie shot her grandmother a worried glance. They needed someone reliable and trustworthy, not a free spirit, adventurous type. The way Ross was dressed he looked as though he’d just walked off the ferry from a vacation in the San Juan Islands or a hike up Mt. Baker. No, this was definitely not a good idea.

You can purchase A Man To Trust at Amazon.

Carrie is giving away a copy of A Man To Trust. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Jo said...

Sounds interesting. Thank you for the opportunity of winning this book.


Anonymous said...

This books sounds good.


Teresa Mathews said...

I adore Love Inspired books, and this one by Carrie sounds great!
Thanks for the chance to win!

Morgan said...

This book sounds really good. Thank you for the opportunity to win the book!

cjajsmommy said...

I'd like to read this book. Please enter me in the giveaway.

Cynthia Hickey said...

The book sounds great, Carrie!

Marianne said...

Although i owned a bookstore, it wasn't a family business. My Dad had 10 siblings (5 and a half dozen in the family, 6 boys, and each had 5 sisters) and his dad started many businesses for the boys, including a grocery store, but no bookstore. Would love to read this HI novel. Thanks for the opportunity!

mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

Nancee said...

This book sounds wonderful. Please enter me in the contest. Thank you!

Nancee said...

I'd love to win a copy of this book. Thank you for offering this giveaway!

Carrie Turansky said...

Hi Patty, thanks for inviting me over today! I'm excited for this opportunity to give readers a peek at A Man To Trust.

The hero and heroine work together in a bookstore, so my mind I pictured a great little bookstore we used to have in Princeton, NJ, called the Lamplighter. My son volunteered there when he was a teenager. It was a great experience for him and we learned more about the ministry that happens in a Christian bookstore.

Blessings and happy reading!

Bethany said...

I love bookstores! What a fun book! I'd love to be entered--
cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I would love to enter this contest for Carrie's book.
Maxie Anderson ( )

apple blossom said...

I love the love inspired books please include me in this giveaway thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Teela said...


Jennifer said...

Hi Patty! Thank you for sharing about your life and your new book! I was reading the excerpt and was disappointed when it ended so soon. Looking forward to reading the rest!

Merry said...

Books, music, romance... sign me up, A Man to Trust sounds great.
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