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About the Book

Book Title: Scandals and Mercies Author Name: Kathleen Rouser Genre: Christian Historical Romance Release Date: April 23, 2024 He’s a reporter determined to uncover the truth, but the secrets he finds could crush her family—and their second chance at love. Taken from her family’s farm to be raised by her wealthy aunt and uncle, Nora Armstrong has accepted that not only will she never realize her dream of becoming a teacher, she’d also rather be a spinster than submit to her cruel aunt’s society selection of a suitable husband. The one man who caught her eye betrayed her best friend. And she’s got enough on her hands, hiding her sister’s shameful secret from her aunt. When the local home for unwed mothers burns down, the arson investigation brings big-city reporter James Cooper back to Stone Creek—and back into Nora’s life. James also has a meddling aunt who raises more questions than she answers about his past. Not to mention, he can’t figure out why Nora constantly rebuffs him. When his reporting casts aspersions on the local church and lays the blame for the fire and a series of robberies at the wrong feet, he risks losing his new position at the paper. As they seek to unravel the town’s mystery, rescue endangered mothers and children, and navigate their own family secrets forced to light, James and Nora increasingly turn to each other for help. But can they overcome James’s lack of faith and the disapproval of Nora’s guardians to find a second chance at love?  

Book Excerpt

“Reverend, I can speak with him.” Rose huffed. “Mr. Cooper, if you’d be so kind to wait for a couple of minutes while we hand out these blankets.” She and Sophie hurried to the group of frightened young women in the family way. “Our home is ruined.” One of girls rocked back and forth on her knees. “Where will we go?” “The fire is out. I need to survey the damage, Cooper. Walk with me if you like.” Ian motioned toward the destroyed building. James barely kept up with the other man’s purposeful strides. “Are you staying longer to help?” “Sorry, Reverend. I’ve got a story to print. Maybe I can come and help with the rebuilding efforts later.” “I’m sure.” The minister’s sarcasm didn’t go unnoticed. Nurse Sinclair returned. “Reverend, I told him I had a few minutes.” James looked over his shoulder at the young woman, probably around his own age. Her brown hair framed a pleasant face. Dark circles revealed her exhaustion. “I will leave you in Miss Sinclair’s capable hands.” Ian motioned toward her. “Very well. Thank you.” James nodded his agreement. He lifted his arm to escort the nurse to a quieter place where they could talk.  

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About the Author

Kathleen Rouser is a multi-published, award-winning author of historical and contemporary Christian romance. She is a longtime member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of Faith, Hope and Love Christian Writers. She resides in southeast Michigan, a location which she often uses in her novels, with her hero and husband of forty-some years and two sweet cats who found a home in their empty nest.