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THREE WORDS AND A KISS by Sondra Kraak, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

The headlines had read, "Klein Heiress Aids Immigrants", "one of Seattle's most ineligible heiresses", prompting Samantha's prominent family to strongly suggest that she take an extended "vacation" from her misguided sense of philanthropy.

Investing in a small Pine Creek, Washington smithy, Samantha determines to earn enough income to support her ethnically diverse friends back home. Her unique spontaneity brings her face-to-face with Cameron Wallace, whose own dreams include owning the blacksmith shop, where he serves the close-knit community as a talented metal worker, and part-time pastor.

Never in his wildest dreams did Cam think that a woman like Samantha Klein, "emotionally erratic, also kind, though naïve", could be part of a divine plan for his life. Her determination to watch his every move undoes all the tight seams that Cam has carefully sewn around his self-control. "He didn't do well with complicated", and yet the giddy blacksmith wannabe had successfully wormed her way into his every thought.

As you laugh, and possibly cry, over Samantha's journey to the cross, and Cam's misguided sense of an abundant life, enjoy page after page of deep, inspirational truth displayed within two individuals whose writer completely understands the height, breadth, and depth of God's intimate love for his creation, for sometimes He "surprises us with his whispers".


When a big-hearted debutante collides with a small-town blacksmith set in his ways, it can mean only one thing—a war of hearts has come to Pine Creek.

Washington, 1892

Cameron Wallace thrives as both the blacksmith and the minister in his community of Pine Creek. Out of the fires of a chaotic childhood, he’s forged a peaceful life filled with safe relationships and predictable routines. But when the smithy he’s been renting is sold out from under him, the impulsive woman who buys it stokes the embers of emotions he’d rather keep unlit—and even has the audacity to lend a helping hand to his smithy work.

Samantha Klein has never been afraid to push boundaries when it comes to helping those whom society—and God—have overlooked, be they orphans, immigrants, or injured animals. When her latest attempt to aid a group of Chinese women lands her in a newspaper scandal, her high-society family sends her packing from Seattle. Setting out on her own, she purchases the Pine Creek smithy and hatches another plan for helping her immigrant friends. But only weeks after arriving in Pine Creek, her plan turns to ashes, and she’s overwhelmed by needs she can never hope to meet, including her own need to be seen and cared for. And the one who seems to understand her is the man who won't let her anywhere near his heart, no matter the attraction that burns between them.

As Cameron struggles to find a new normal, and Samantha yearns for someone to share her burdens, old hurts and dangerous secrets make them both terrified to admit that what they need—and what God has planned for them—just might be each other.

Currently in Digital format only but Paperback should become available.
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*I received a copy of this book from the author, with no obligation to review or provide a positive review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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  1. Rebecca and I were talking about Sondra. In a very good way. With all the people at the CFRR in Cincinnati last year, I somehow missed chatting with Sondra even though Jessica Baker told me how much she loved her fiction and looked forward to meeting her. I'm sorry I only got to say hello. I'm hearing so many good things about her writing! Thanks for the review, Rebecca! So nicely done!


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