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Devon’s Choice

Life holds no surprises for Devon Murphy. Her life consists of keeping tabs on her aging Irish father, working part time at a coffee shop, and building her online graphics design business. Devon’s only tricky situation is a shallow relationship with the pampered and affluent Michael Turner, who sees her as just another woman to conquer.

Following his father’s death, Brandon’s only goal is to expand the family business and live life on his own terms. That is, until he walks into the coffee shop one snowy evening and meets the enchanting, red-haired barista behind the counter. But can Devon and Brandon’s attraction for each other be strong enough to help erase their deepest disappointments and renew their faith in God?

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“Hi, Bub.  Is Daddy asleep?”  She peeked down the hallway and saw that his bedroom light was off.  A vociferous, gulping snore tore through the peaceful silence.  Rolling her eyes, she walked through the kitchen and opened the back door.  Bubby carefully picked and sniffed his way to his favorite spot, did his business and quickly came inside.

After finishing her bedtime ritual in the bathroom, Devon puttered around her room, hanging up clothes and reading a couple of chapters from the romance novel.  Letting go a leisurely yawn, she put the book on the nightstand and scooted herself under the covers.  Bubby curled up in a tight ball at the foot of the bed.

She began to think of Michael and his childish attitude.  Perhaps, she thought, it would be best if they broke off the relationship.  It didn’t seem to be giving either one of them what they wanted or needed.  His blatant disregard of her dad’s situation was proof of that.  She stared up at the ceiling fan above her bed and felt ashamed of the apologetic way she’d responded to him.  Suddenly she remembered a phrase her mom repeated to her in times when she felt weak in her faith.  “Devy, serving God is like buttoning your blouse.  If you get the first button right, everything else lines up.”  The words seemed to come so easily to her mom that even when the cancer took away her physical strength, her faith in God still remained strong.

“Mom, please help me get it right,” Devon whispered, as she pulled the blanket to her chin, closed her eyes and drifted into sleep.


What an enjoyable Christian/Inspirational romance story! Devon works in a coffee shop but is working on establishing a graphic design business. Michael is an arrogant and shallow man that she is dating who expects everything to be handed to him. Brandon is the “nice guy” that meets Devon when he stops for coffee. And of course there is Megan the best friend and her boyfriend John…but they are minor characters.

When I first started reading this book and would come to the sections where it detailed the dates between Devon and Michael, I knew this couldn’t last long. Devon’s character is independent and she doesn’t need a man to do things for her. I also could see that if Michael didn’t get his way, that his actions could cause problems. I was glad of the way that whole situation resolved itself but not without a few “oh no” moments.

Brandon is the good guy and sets out to prove it to Devon, and even to himself. He realizes that his life isn’t complete and perhaps Devon is the one that will complete that life. Both Brandon and Devon have to work through the uncertainties in their life before they will ever be happy with themselves or each other.

I enjoyed every bit of this and wouldn’t hesitate to read something by this author again.

We give this 4 paws up.




Catherine BennettAbout the Author

I grew up in Ohio where I currently live with my husband and our two rescue Labradors. Some of my favorite things include reading, shopping, pepperoni pizza, Hershey bars and hanging out with my two grown sons. I also love dogs; so going to the dog park is cheap entertainment for my husband and I!

Growing up an only child, I had many imaginary friends. I believe this – and a love of books – fueled my desire to write. It was many years later that my dream of becoming a published author came true.

I’m grateful to God for always keeping a story in my heart and hope you are blessed and entertained by my book.

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