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Anne is a young, Southern professional with just the right connections and a privileged point of view. Confident in her innate value, she has complete faith in her power to control her own future. After all, even with the challenges that come with working at a high-profile interior design firm located in the heart of Atlanta, she knows exactly where she’s headed. What she ...more
Kindle Edition, 424 pages
Published July 16th 2018
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Jo Ann
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gretchen Boyd realizes cancer will claim her life and decides her legacy to her 14-year old daughter, Anne, will be a three-part plan for life. She “designs” one with the belief it will always help Anne make wise decisions. The three parts work until Anne, an interior designer, meets Dr. Brad Young, Jr. in Atlanta. Their romance and conflicts escalate, and Anne’s vow to remain celibate until she marries is tested.
This sweet romantic fiction emphasizes family heritage, family relationship
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Susan Angela Wallace
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
By design by J Boykin Baker.
Anne is a young, Southern professional with just the right connections and a privileged point of view. Confident in her innate value, she has complete faith in her power to control her own future. After all, even with the challenges that come with working at a high-profile interior design firm located in the heart of Atlanta, she knows exactly where she’s headed. What she doesn’t expect is Dr. Brad Young, Jr.
Sparks immediately fly between the handsome young doctor a
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Jocelyne
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
By Design is a debut novel by J. Boykin Baker, and the first book in the Series. This story is well written, sweet, and emotional. The characters are great, and the storyline is well developped and interesting. The family spirit, and the Christian values have an important part in this story. Hallie Ricardo has a beautiful voice, easy to understand.
M. David
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just have to say that Ms. Baker's voice makes for a very descriptive read! It's easy to see the world through Anne's eyes and the reader can't help but smile. The book is delightful and refreshing, and carries a message of hope and strength.
Roxanne Davies
Apr 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Ok so I'll be totally honest in saying unfortunately I didn't enjoy this book. I feel the story was very lacking and too simple. I thought parts of the story were really cheesy but I powered through and finished it. I hate leaving reviews like this but I promised an honest review.
Marilyn
Sep 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good

The two young people who are each only children and raised by farthers.they each had different ideas about relationships.enjoy the book.
Tamela
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing

I absolutely love this book! The story line was wonderfully written with so much love. What her mother did for her was positively amazing!
Lena
Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
boring narration, but heartfelt storyline
Rebecca
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2 star for me

I liked the MC, but the book's start was very slow and info dumpy. It veered into religious lectures a few times that just made me want to put it down. I don't mind characters with strong religious beliefs. I dislike lecturing on them that goes beyond effective storytelling.
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J Boykin Baker grew up in the small town of Wilson, North Carolina. She knew from the age of seven, after seeing the old movie “Pillow Talk,” that the only career for her was interior design. After college, marriage, and babies, her dream of being an interior designer came true with the start of her own design firm in Atlanta, Georgia. As timing would have it, she just happened to be in the right ...more
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