This #FridayFind comes from Keleigh Crigler Hadley.
Eden Price, an unlucky-in-love nurse finds herself in the midst of a heated love triangle. Globe-trotting missionary, Gabe Clark ignites her soul. Who doesn’t want a man with a connection to God? Hard-working, Nemo Gates speaks to her heart. His past has caused a rift between him and God and Eden wants to help him heal. She ultimately chooses the man that makes her passions come alive but did she make the right choice? Eden’s marriage is blissful and the newlyweds are happy, when her husband stuns her with a desperate plea; to prove her love for him in the most unthinkable way – to help him die with dignity. What would you do for the love of your life? “The freshest voice in Christian Fiction.” – Delores Garland, Ladies of Light Bookclub “Like an artist with a paintbrush, Keleigh is talented at creating stark visual images through words. Her unique wit and uses of metaphors promises to make What You Won’t Do For Love an enjoyable read.”- Michelle Lindo-Rice “A touching story with language that makes you want to savor every word. Keleigh’s work always makes you ask questions that don’t have easy answers—starting with this title alone!” – Michelle Stimpson Chapter 1 “A hard head makes a soft behind.” That was the second to the last thing, Edward Price said to his only child, Eden. “So make wise choices using your heart, soul and mind.” The last thing he said, as his lungs rattled and he struggled to breathe was, “Take care of people, especially your mother.” Back then, those were two difficult tasks to place on Eden’s fifteen year old shoulders, and eighteen years later, she was still struggling to comply. Now, Eden stood, dressed in her favorite green scrubs in front of the vending machine, next to the triage station at New Mercies Hospital and contemplated her father’s dying advice. She tapped her chipped fingernails against the glass. She had achieved part of her father’s dying wish – she had become a nurse and lived to help people. But she seemed to fail in the second part, since she was behind in her payments to the run-down convalescent home her mother was living in. As for the second to the last thing… Should she get the Kit Kat or the Mars Bar? Tough choice. They both would give her a softer, bigger, behind which she didn’t need. God had already given bountifully in that area. It’s the reason Eden wore a medium scrub top and a large scrub bottom. Her blessing and her curse. Eden sighed, blew a stray strand of curly auburn hair out of her face and slid a dollar into the machine. She keyed in E6 – the granola bar. Happy daddy? But before the proper choice could fall, the emergency room doors glided open with a hiss and a young woman stumbled in with a semi-conscious older woman. “Help me!” Before the young woman collapsed onto the yellow tile floor, she locked eyes with Eden and conveyed such a look of unknowable fear, Eden’s palms began to sweat. Eden’s body became a cauldron of tension. Her heart revved into overdrive, adrenaline flowed and her hunger forgotten as she scrambled to get a gurney. “The Pit is hopping tonight!” Another nurse exclaimed in response to the unusual number of critical cases, they had seen that night. My thanks to authors who have gone before and influenced me: Victoria Christopher Murray Reshonda Tate Billingsley Kimberla Lawson Roby Eric Jerome Dickey Terry McMillan Michelle Stimpson Rhonda McKnight Shana Johnson Burton Lacha Mitchell Cherlisa Starks Richardson Cassandra Durham Colette Harrell Leslie Sherrod Vivian Kay Pricilla C Johnson Nicole Scott-Tate Stacy Hawkins-Adams Keshia Dawn Ivy Simone Denora Boone Jenica Johnson Wanda B Campbell Jacqueline Thomas Pat Simmons Sherri Lewis Christian Fiction Interracial Romance BW/WM Mama’s Boy Stand Your Ground Ultimate Betrayal Mary Monroe Reverend Curtis Black T.D. Jakes Joel Osteen Mary B Morrison Lutisha Lovely Curtis Bunn Keysha Brown Girls Books Brown Girls Faith
Eden’s heart felt betrayed. She had just said, “…for better or worse, in sickness or in health..” to the man lying in his hospital bed. She could not have imagined that sickness would have come so quickly into their blissful lives. How was this fair? He had worked so hard to win her heart. Now, as he writhed in pain, all she could do to repay him was stroke his hand. In a brief pain-free moment, he locked eyes with Eden, and whispered four heart-stopping words. “Eden, please kill me.”
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Why I write…Christian Fiction
Because I write from what is within me. I don’t set out to teach a message or a sermon. I set out to tell an entertaining story. Because the gospel is infused in my mind, soul, heart and spirit, it comes out in the stories I write.
Who is Keleigh Crigler Hadley?
Keleigh Crigler Hadley is an author, speaker, and teacher who is thankful God can use her messes for His glory.
She has always loved stories, and she believes the story of the Bible contains the biggest, the most redemptive dose of grace humankind has ever, and will ever, experience.
She is the author of the Preacher’s Kids series, Revenge Inc., and coming Aug. 18th, What You Won’t Do for Love. She has also had the great fortune to contribute to the award-winning anthology, The Motherhood Diaries, and the best-selling Brown Girls anthology, The Dating Game.
If she were to define herself in one sentence, she would say, “I’m a girl who loves to see God working.” Keleigh writes soul-stirring fiction, with real characters that stay with readers long after they have closed the book, (or turned the e-reader off.) The only thing she loves more than writing is reading, so contact her on social media and let her know what you’re reading!
Connect with Keleigh
Twitter : @khadley11