(Image from Barnes & Noble)
There are many words one could use to describe 25-year-old Jillian Parrish: rigid, controlled, guarded, disciplined. Flexible isn't one of them. Adaptable or easily amused don't really fit either. So, when Scott Gentry pulls a silly prank to get Jillian's attention, it backfires. Big time. Jillian's surprised by his sudden interest, but not at all impressed with his immature attempt at asking her out. She'd rather spend the weekend cozying up to a bag of chocolate-covered cinnamon bears, thank you very much.
But a quiet weekend is not in the cards for Jillian, a would-be novelist who works for a small publishing company in Portland, Oregon. When Jillian's long-lost younger sister shows up on her doorstep, cradling an infant, all chances of relaxing disappear. On the run from her drug dealer boyfriend, 20-year-old Evie needs a place to hide. Despite their estrangement, Jillian will do anything for her little sister. Then, Evie disappears, leaving baby Shiloh behind. Totally unequipped to deal with the situation, Jillian freaks out. Her strictly-managed life is officially out-of-control.
As Jillian struggles to cope, she discovers she's not as friendless as she believes herself to be. With the help of her bishop's family and the (annoyingly) dependable Scott Gentry, she might just find her sister—not to mention the happiness she's been denying herself for so long. But, with an angry drug dealer tracking her every move, a needy baby zapping all her energy, and a man she doesn't want to trust begging her to do just that, Jillian's becoming increasingly desperate and confused. How can she wrangle herself and her niece out of the mess Evie's created for them? The problem's too big to solve with chocolate, so the fiercely independent Jillian might just have to rely on the exact things she usually avoids—trust, love and the grace of a loving God.
(Readalikes: Reminds me of other LDS romantic suspense novels, although no specific titles are coming to mind since I usually avoid this genre like the plague)
If this were a movie, it would be rated: PG for scenes of peril/violence and references to illegal drug use
To the FTC, with love: I bought a copy of Of Grace and Chocolate at last year's LDS Storymakers Conference with a portion of the millions I make from my lucrative career as a book blogger. Ha ha.