Welcome to my Friday bonus feature called Karen’s Killer Fixin’s **Author Special**!! Today, in lieu of one of my own recipes, I’m going to introduce you to a new author who will share one of her favorite recipes. Not only will you and I occasionally learn how to make something new and delicious, but we’ll get a chance to check out some wonderful authors. Introducing author, MARIBELLE McCREA, and her favorite recipe for Tuscan Chicken!
SOUTHERN MOMMAS: FOR THE LOVE OF RHETT
Southern Series Book 3
BY MARIBELLE McCREA
Kailey – She thinks love is an illusion. She’s never known love from her parents, so how can she trust what’s happening now?
Rhett – He’s never been without love. He’s crazy about her but can’t understand why she pushes him away.
Will Rhett have the patience to help Kailey learn what real love is?
How can Kailey believe that true love is possible?
Rhett and Kailey began things in Tallulah Gets Hitched, but push comes to shove in For The Love of Rhett.
If you like Elana Johnson’s The Island House, you will love this funny but tender third installment of the Southern Series.
“I’m deﬁnitely in over my head,” I think to myself as I make the turn toward Rhett’s childhood home. It’s not my ﬁrst visit, so I’m not sure why I’m so nervous, but I can’t shake the jittery feeling that’s distracting me. The sun is shining bright enough to require sunglasses, but the chill in the air reminds me that November is solidly a winter month, even in the south. The disconnect between the view and the reality of the temperature is a match for the ground on which my relationship with Rhett is blossoming.
Rhett and I are meeting his momma, Jilly, for lunch. It will be the ﬁrst time we’ve spent any time alone with her since her daughter—and my sweet friend—Tallulah got married. That was such a fun family time, and I was thrilled to be included as more than just Rhett’s plus-one. Tallulah made sure I felt like family from the ﬁrst bridal shower. She’s become like a sister, and I believe we will remain close, even if things with Rhett don’t work out.
Where did that thought come from? I wonder. Things are going really well with Rhett, albeit a bit fast. Rhett is not the big personality like his sister, but he is persistent in a quiet, determined kind of way. Suddenly, it feels like the seatbelt is too tight across my chest. The air in the car is heavy, and I begin to feel lightheaded. Even the oldies station on the radio is too much. I turn off the music and frown at myself in the rearview mirror. I don’t like feeling unsettled. My life before Rhett was certainly unremarkable, but predictability is addictive.
Now, my life is filled with erratic thoughts and feelings I’ve never encountered. Rhett is steady and constant in his affection, but my heart and mind are completely unmoored, and I don’t know how to regain my balance.
I love him more than I ever thought possible, but things are really moving quickly, and I am not accustomed to the pace. I haven’t dated anyone seriously since before my momma got sick, and not at all since then.
What if I’m just not ready? How can I keep this relationship without feeling overwhelmed by it? What if it’s all just too much, too soon? What if Rhett needs more from me than I am ready to give? And what if my hesitation costs me the love of my life?
“Okay, Kailey,” I tell myself. “Get a grip. You don’t have to figure out your whole future today. Take a breath, for goodness’ sake, and get yourself together!” I roll down the window a crack and take a lungful of crisp, cold air. The smell of pine seems to be amplified by the cold, and it penetrates my sinuses and clears my head. It’s too chilly to keep the window open, but after a nice bracing couple of breaths, I already feel better.
I’ve got to just put my worries out of my mind for today. Lunch is just lunch, and I’m going to enjoy time with my sweet Rhett.
The other stuff will work itself out, right? Better hope so, I tell myself as I turn into the driveway of the McCraw family home.
Maribelle McCrea is a fourth-generation Atlanta native living just south of the city in a little town with 100 miles of golf cart paths.
She loves all things Southern and wishes she could speak with that old, Southern Georgia accent and say, “I do declare!” and feel faint about things.
She’s a finalist for Best Romance Novel in the Amadjinn Awards for 2022 with the entry for Southern Mommas A Tale by Tallulah Louise.
When she isn’t writing, she loves riding bikes with her family and baking as long as everyone else eats it all! She shares her home with her husband, and their adorable Maltese pup, Wicket. Maribelle loves to connect with her readers.
Links to Maribelle’s website, blog, books, #ad etc.:
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EDITORIAL NOTE: Maribelle’s favorite recipe originates from NATASHA’S KITCHEN.
Find this fabulous recipe here:
Tuscan Chicken from Natasha’s Kitchen
(Youtube video available on her site as well)
Thanks, Maribelle, for sharing your book with us!
Don’t miss the chance to read this book!