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Baby Makes a Match by Arlene James
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Apr 13, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: 2012-books
Read from April 16 to 17, 2012 — I own a copy

BABY MAKES A MATCH is a story built around faith that God will show you what you are meant for in life through paths you might not have expected.

Chandler Chatam comes from a well-known family with a lot of expectations to live up too. His relationship with his pastor father is a strained one at best because of his unconventional rodeo career choice and the partner Chandler does business with. Now, on the way back from a rodeo Chandler has just learned he’d been betrayed by his partner his father told him was trouble.

He’s on his way to live with his three aunts until he can get his finances back and find a new partner when he stops in a diner to grab dinner on the go when he notices and hears a beautiful, obviously pregnant woman, Bethany Carter Willows seeking a way to get to the Chatam house.

When they pull into the drive, Bethany runs into the waiting arms of her brother, Garrett. Not knowing this, Chandler believes he’s her husband/baby’s father and feels a twinge of envy.

Over the course of a few days, everyone they come into contact with believes Chandler is the dad to be. This is highly frowned upon as they aren’t married. Even his dad won’t believe when they Bethany tries to clear his name.

After a scare of Braxton-Hicks and the realization of the hospital bills, Chandler makes the suggestion of marriage. He can give her baby a name, give her the support she needs, and keep the gossip away from an unwed pregnant woman.

Although it’s a marriage of name only for the time being until they can separate, they both have trouble keeping their feels from jumping full force into wanting a real marriage. Of course they won’t tell the other how they feel and both take the distance as uncaring instead of trying to protect their hearts from heartbreak.

As Chandler worries about supporting them all the way a husband/ father should, they both learn to have faith and pray. Soon he’s making more money in rodeo competition and they begin spending more time together.

It’s while away at a rodeo after Chandler calls Bethany that he realizes voicing his love and wish of a real marriage to her is worth the risk. She’s the perfect woman for him and he wants a life with his wife and son.

However, he gets a call from his father just as he’s pulling in about Bethany’s early delivery. He rushes to the hospital where they pray for baby Matthew’s recovery. When it comes time for the birth certificate, its reinforced to Bethany it’s not about blood, it’s about the love that this family has.

With his father’s forgiveness, they are remarried by his father after blessing their son into their family.
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