Saturday, September 6, 2014

Beyond I Do by Jennifer Slattery

Back Cover
Marriage . . . it’s more than a happily ever after. Eternally more.

Ainsley Meadow’s encounter with a woman, her child, and their abuser sparks a passion that threatens her engagement. Will seeing beyond the present unite her and her fiancé or tear them apart?

Raised by a hedonist mother, who cycles through jobs and relationships like wrapping paper on Christmas morning, falls into a predictable and safe relationship with Richard, a self-absorbed socialite psychiatrist. But as her wedding nears, a battered woman and her child spark a long-forgotten dream and ignites a hidden passion. One that threatens to change everything, including her fiancé.

To embrace God’s best and find true love, this security-seeking bride must follow God with reckless abandon and realize that marriage goes Beyond I Do.

Read an Excerpt here:

Ainsley’s stomach churned as she eased into the Whispering Hills Apartments’ parking lot. Broken beer bottles and other trash littered the ground. A few tenants had draped sheets across their windows. Other windows were boarded up. One was busted in, shards of glass held in place by silver duct tape.

Please tell me this isn’t where Marie Nelson lives. 

Ainsley compared the address Deborah had given her to the rusted numbers on the complex in front of her. This was the place. And from the looks of it, the very place Ainsley shouldn’t be, at least, not alone.

Her phone chimed, making her jump. She glanced at the screen. Her fiancé’s number flashed. Cutting her engine, she answered. “Hey, Richard, what’s up?” She shoved her purse and computer case under the passenger seat.

“Where are you?”

“Doing a favor for Deborah. Why, you need something?” She grabbed her pepper spray from the glove compartment.


As if she hadn’t talked about the woman countless times over the years. “Deborah. Eldridge, the one who told me about Christ.” And kept her from going completely insane or spiraling into rebellion when Ainsley’s home life fell apart. “Sometimes I wonder if you ever really listen.”

A pack of muscular and hard-faced men gathered around a navy pick-up watched her, causing her already queasy stomach to cramp. There were four of them, two dressed in black with thick chains draped across their neck. The largest was covered, neck and arms, with tattoos. She looked away, suddenly acutely aware of her shiny Honda Accord and department store garb.

Oh, Lord Jesus, please keep me safe. 

“That Deborah. Right.” A keyboard clicked on the other end of the line. Richard was probably working on final edits on his book. “Now I remember. So you’re in Smithville?”

“Not exactly. More like…” She scanned her surroundings again, her gaze lingering on a used diaper decaying on the ground ten feet away. “More like… the Admiral Boulevard area.”

Richard made a choking noise, as if spewing coffee. “You’re where? Please tell me you are not in the crime center of Kansas City.”

Used by Permission. Beyond I Do: A Novel, by Jennifer Slattery (New Hope Publishers, Birmingham, AL)

Buy her book here:
 New Hope Publishers

About Jennifer:

Jennifer Slattery lives in the Midwest with her handsome railroader and their teenage daughter. She loves taking long walks with her husband, hitting the mall with her daughter, and foregoing dinner for a ginormous serving of frozen yogurt.

She writes missional romance novels for New Hope Publishers.

Connect with her at these places:
Christian living articles for, and devotions for her personal blog, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud and the group site, Internet Café Devotions. You can also find her at Inspy and  Faith-filled Friends where she chats about the intersections of faith and fiction.

Jennifer is giving away a copy of Beyond I Do. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Anonymous said...

Oh my, this looks like a very good read! And, that it takes place in KC...all the better! Am adding this one to my "MUST read" list!! Thank you for a chance to win!
kelly *at* dkcountryarts *dot* com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
Have a great week!

Carol Q. said...

would love to read this book, thank you for the chance

Danie Walther said...

I would love to read this book

Jennifer Slattery said...

Hi, Kelly! Thanks for stopping by. Are you from KC? Our family lived there for a few years and loved it. Initially, the brisk winters intimidated me, but I've come to love the distinct four seasons. Fall, with its vibrant oranges and reds, is my favorite. Now we live in the Omaha area, which to me feels very similar to KC, and I'm already getting ready for fallen leaves and apple cider. :)

Best of luck in the drawing!

Hi, Mandn! Thanks for stopping in and saying "Hi"!

Hi, Carol, happy Saturday and best of luck in the drawing!

Hi, Danie! What a beautiful name! Best of luck in the drawing. :)

Jean said...

I have a book.....want to win to give a copy to my daughter. Great story :0 )

Patty said...

I've been reading a lot of good contemporary stuff lately! Sounds like another to add to my list.


Deanna Stevens said...

Looks like a great story. Thanks for the cute snapshot in the booth.. :)
d_stevens310 at

Angela Holland said...

This sounds like a good book. Thank you for sharing and the chance to win. griperang at embarqmail dot com

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