Monday, June 13, 2011

I'd Sooner Have Love by Janet L. Barton

This Week's Featured Title Is:
I'd Sooner Have Love by Janet L. Barton

Faith has given up.

Unable to give her husband children, Faith Anderson watched his love change to disappointment before he died in a riding accident. She's determined never to marry again, and instead plans to build a new life in Guthrie, Oklahoma, with thousands of other settlers who have rushed to the area.

But that was before she met Gabe Logan, a man whose simple presence makes her heart face and whose kindness to others begins to warm her heart - in spite of her best efforts to remain cold. Gabe himself has secrets in his past that he's convinced will keep any self-respecting woman from wanting to marry him. But that doesn't stop his traitorous heart from falling for Faith.

If the past were different, Gabe and Faith would sooner have love. But now they must decide: will they let fear of disappointment and rejection keep them from accepting the love God has placed in their paths?

Key Verse:

"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before." Philippians 3:13

Book Excerpt:

"Ready, Faith?" Ben called from outside the wagon.

"I'm ready." Hope had cleaned up after breakfast but still was finished dressing long before Faith, and now everyone waited for her. Faith hurried out and took Ben's helping hand to climb down.

"Are you alright, Sis? You were awful quiet at breakfast."

"I'm fine." And she would be. It was a beautiful Sunday, and she would think on all the good things in her life and rejoice in them.

When she saw Gabe striding over in their direction, her heart warmed because he was taking her up on the invitation to join them.

"Thought I'd join you in church this morning," he said.

Her heart did a triple flip as he smiled at her, and Faith was glad when Ben answered for her.

"We'd be glad for you to join us. It's the best way to start a week that I know of."

Gabe only nodded as he fell into step beside them. Faith had wondered if he would ever go to church with them, and now that he was, her heart felt about ready to burst with joy.

Faith never thought any other man would be able to claim her heart after her Noah, but Gabe Logan seemed to be making his own place. And she couldn't let that happen. It would only serve to bring heartache - for she would never marry again.

JANET LEE BARTON has lived all over the southern U.S., but she and her husband plan to now stay put in Oklahoma. With three daughters and six grandchildren between them, they feel blessed to have at least one daughter and her family living in the same town. Janet loves being able to share her faith through her writing. Happily married to her very own hero, she is ever thankful that the Lord brought Dan into her life, and she wants to write stories that show that the love between a man and a woman is at its best when the relationship is built with God at the center. She's very happy that the kind of romances the Lord has called her to write can be read and shared with women of all ages, from teenagers to grandmothers alike.

Do any of you have a long distance separating you from your children and grandchildren?


  1. I have two daughters. One lives about 30 seconds up the road from me and she has a 1 year old little boy. My youngest daughter got married in 2007 and moved to Austin, Texas (I'm from southern Mississippi). It's a 12 hours drive from where I live so I don't get to see her as much as I would like. Yea! She flew in this week to celebrate the grandbaby's one year old birthday. She's staying a week....we're having fun.

  2. I love your storyline, and that is a beautiful cover. I'm sure it's going to be a hit for those of us who love your books. You have such wonderful messages in your work. Can't wait to read this one, too.

  3. Patsy, I hope you have a wonderful time with your family this week!
    And Diane, thank you! I hope you like it!

  4. Hey Janet! One of my favorite authors and one of my favorite people in the world! The book looks and sounds great. Can't wait to get into this series. My day, sisters, and nieces and nephews all live in Tennessee and north Georgia. I am the one who moved away to Mississippi. But I love my adopted state and go see my family when I can.

  5. This sounds wonderful, Janet! I can't wait to read it.

    My mom lives in the same neighborhood and keeps my son when I work. We absolutely love having her close.

  6. Hi Aaron! You know I feel the same way about you, my friend! I hope you enjoy the series--I've loved writing it! I'm sure your family would love to have you right there with them--but you can't be two places at once and I know the Bards in Mississippi are glad you're there! I wish you all were up here in Oklahoma! :)

  7. Hi Julie! I hope you like it! I am very sure that your mom is loving that you are so close and she is able to help you out with that grandbaby! :)

  8. Robin PatchenJune 13, 2011

    Hi Janet. The book sounds wonderful! What a great idea for a story. My kids are still living at home, and I can't imagine being separated from them. I'm blessed to be near my mother and my brother, but I haven't lived near my dad and his wife for sixteen years. We moved away from my in-laws, whom I love as my own parents, in fifteen years. It's difficult on everyone--probably worse for them than for us. I know they miss the kids. I wish my kids could have a closer relationship with them.

  9. Hi Janet! I can't imagine not having my family close by. When my mom was alive I think I saw her everyday! I'm looking forward to your book.


  10. Mischelle CreagerJune 13, 2011

    Hi, Janet! I can't wait to read this story. I have enjoyed your other books. After my daddy died many years ago, my mother moved near me and my family. Through the years we went from daughter and mother to friend and friend--she even learned a few things from me. I wouldn't trade a moment of that time with her.

  11. Thanks, Robin, Terri and Mischelle! I hope you all will like it!
    It is hard to be away from family. I was blessed to live near my mom and dad before they passed away and I am so thankful that I get to see my daughter and granddaughters every day!

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  13. Hi Janet! I know this is a great series. Can't wait to hold the books in my hand and read all about Guthrie, Oklahoma and the people who "settled" it. I am blessed to live so close to my grandgirls. Life is never boring with them around.

  14. What a beautiful cover! I can't wait to read this!

  15. Being a "Sooner" girl myself, I absolutely love this title. You know you're one of my all-time favs! God bless,

  16. Thanks so much, Rhonda, Lacy and Arlene! Three of my favorites in a row!

  17. Being from Oklahoma, the title caught my eye! Can't wait to read this, story sounds so intriguing. My 5 young grandchildren are about 1-1/2 hours away with our 2 daughters & their husbands. Not close enough at times but what a blessing they are to my heart!

  18. Half of my family is in America and the other half in Eastern Europe on the mission field... I am a long distance Grandma who cherishes the time I do get to have with my 3 grandchildren. :)

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