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Calming the Storm

(Sage Valley Ranch #4)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,659 ratings  ·  131 reviews
A marriage of convenience isn't exactly what Rachel Peters had in mind.

After a rocky start, Rachel Peters finally has her life on track. Then a tragic accident takes away her sister and leaves her to raise her niece, Kendra, alone. About to lose custody of her last blood relative, Rachel is desperate to prove she can adequately care for her niece. On the verge of running
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Published September 2020 by Melanie D. Snitker
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Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written story with likeable characters....absolutely loved Brandon and he's entire family. ...more
Aug 14, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Dee/ bookworm
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really good, could have been a little more character development but good story.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Heartwarming, though WILDLY implausible.
Angie Thompson
I have mixed feelings about this book. There were a lot of things that were different from the typical marriage-of-convenience storyline and which I really appreciated. For example--

The modern-day setting. Not typical for most of the marriage-of-convenience stories I've read.

The reasons and emotions behind the marriage. Usually, it's two relatively-uninterested people coming together for their mutual benefit. In this case, the benefit was entirely on Rachel's side, with the added complication th
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Sweet Christian Romance

I began reading this book blindly, not knowing anything about it before reading. Sometimes it's just fun to enjoy where it takes you, you know?

I enjoyed this sweet romance. There were some unexpected twists and a strong Christian theme, but it came together nicely, with a tender happily-ever-after. I liked our two main characters, Rachel and Brandon. Sometimes in books I can get frustrated when one character seems to keep putting up emotional walls or because they keep
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting concept for the plot and I hate when reviews give things away, but I think the blurb does anyway. The main character has her niece to take care of and isn't able to provide, so her professor steps in and offers to marry her. As they get to know each other the story grows and grows. ...more
Apr 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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* I received an ebook in exchange for an honest review. *

I must admit that the title of the book threw me for a minute - I wasn't sure what it meant by "A Christian Romance", but I am so glad that it didn't stop me from choosing to read it! I am a believer in God and in life after, but don't really appreciate it when books are filled with bible verses and I was worried that this book would be like that, but it wasn't and it wasn't even close to that. It is an amazing story with some pretty aweso
Krista Noorman
Enjoyed this story of Rachel, who is desperately trying to make ends meet and keep custody of her young niece after the death of the child's parents, and Brandon, her former college professor, and his family, who step in to help. It was a sweet, clean romance as well as a story of family and faith. ...more
Linda Rainey
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a beautiful love story.
I loved all the characters and especially Brandon.with his love and patience with Rachel.
He portrays a true Christian.
I look forward to reading more by this author.
The author gave me a copy of the book and I am giving an honest review.
Jean Lee
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely delightful. Highly recommend this sweet story.
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very well written story. I was entranced with the characters and their interactions. I will read other stories by this author.
Sara Lawson
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story. Likeable characters. Happy ending.

I'm never sure what to expect when I read Christian fiction. There seems to either be an extreme fundamentalist slant or nothing to make it Christian (except that it's clean). I wondered in a few places if Rachel was going to transform into the "model" Christian wife and mother, stereotypical homemaker. But she didn't. Rachel has a personality! She does what she wants, sometimes for better and other times for worse. And even in the end, she doesn't m
Linda Rogers
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book because it shows the goodness of people. A sweet young woman who has her three-year-old niece since the tragic death of the child parents, is overcome with her responsibilities, no money, loses her job and is about to lose her apartment, has to drop out of her college class , is facing a court hearing regarding custody of her niece,and so much more. Because of all this, she goes from being an A student to a D on one exam, which is the final straw for her, but a young p ...more
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What do you do when your sister is killed in a car accident and leaves a 3 year old orphan? You grab the brass ring and get on board! This is what happened to Rachel. An older college student has a life-changing experience and has to adjust quickly. Her niece's life depends on it. Rachel knew what it was to grow up without parents and she did not want this to happen to her sister's child. Rachel grew up a very independent child and carried that into her adult life. 'Nobody wanted/helped her as a ...more
Tracy Sylvester
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartache, Healing, Faith and Love. Brandon Barlow is a faith devoted professor in college. He's a teacher that takes note of how his students are doing. When one of his students, Rachel Peters declines in his class he decides to get to the bottom of her troubles. Rachel's whole life was turned upside down when tragedy strikes her sister and leaves Rachel to take care of her 3 year old niece. With daily struggles of childcare, being young and trying to finish school things begin to weigh on Rach ...more
Bonnie C.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story captivates

Rachel and her five years older sister, are abandoned by their drug addicted parents. At five years, Rachel is separated from her 10 yr. Old sister. By the time the older sister , Mace, gets out of foster care, she fights for custody of her younger sister. Stints in fifteen foster homes, have taught Rachel to not trust in any body, she is left in charge of a three year old niece after the death of Mace and her boy friend in a car accident. Parents dead, toddler alive, but su
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Marriage of convenience/ready made family

This was a very special book. That had me shed a tear or two. Rachel has been through so much and it has left her with little faith in herself or the world around her. She is always in a state of waiting for the shoe to drop.

But then along comes Brandon with enough faith and optimism for the both of them. So much so that he offered her a marriage of convenience to save her and her niece from disaster. What Rachel doesn’t know is he is already crazy for he
Oct 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Beautiful Love Story

This is the second book I have read of this author’s. And her second marriage of convenience book as well. But this one touched something in the heart that the other one didn’t.

Perhaps Rachel and her previous life, a life where she always expected the worse and frequently got it seemed so familiar at times. And there’s Brandon, who is so in love with her and can see her pain and continued doubt of anything good. Will his love and the peace he finds in his relationship with
Bobirley Adams
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't Put It Down!

Okay, this is the third book that I have read by this author (in a row) and I literally can't stop reading her books! The characters feel real, the conversation flows easily. I used to be Rachael 42 years ago and my "Brandon" (Ken) has been my rock to such a good life. I hate reviews that spoil the fun of reading the book and getting to know the characters as if they are real. My deepest wish for you is that Melanie Snitker becomes a favorite author for you as she has for me
Marie Bourgery
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet marriage of convenience turns to love story. Rachel was Professor Brandon Barlow's star math student, but all of the sudden she stops coming to class and talks about dropping out. Her sister has died and made her guardian of her niece and now the paternal grandparents are trying to declare Rachel unfit so they can have custody of their granddaughter. He proposes a marriage in name only with a quiet annulment later to help her out, but what he didn't expect was that he would fall in love an ...more
N.W. Moors
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Brandon offers Rachel a chance to resolve some of her problems, she isn't sure she should take his help. She is trying to gain custody of her niece after her sister's death, she's being evicted, and has to drop out of school. Brandon is attracted to Rachel, but he just wants to help her after praying on the matter.
This is a sweet Christian romance. Brandon and his family are wonderful people. Rachel is a little prickly at first, but she learns that it's okay to have help sometimes. A very n
James Polvadore
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful story. It is nice to see a wonderful Christian story with so many positive situations in the story. This story is a bright diamond among so many stones. Our world needs more of this type of stories for our young generation because they seem so lost along their journey in this life. These are the type of books, movies and tv programs they need.

A wonderful story! It’s nice to see a wonderful Christian story. This is what our young generation needs. This story is a beautiful diamond am
Annette Moore
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has two of my favorite sub-genres: marriage of convenience and found family. and I just loved how Brandon slowly chipped away at Rachel's distrust, fears and reservations. I also loved the running theme of trusting God through the storms of life. he doesn't always remove them, but he definitely holds us in His arms through each and every one. Excellent, excellent book! though this was my first read by Melanie D. Snitker, it definitely will not be the last! I do believe I've found a new ...more
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
I liked the plot of this but this book did not hit the marks for me as a Christian Romance. I mean, of course it has the two most important elements: the relationship with Jesus, and the romance of the main characters.

In my opinion, I think Christian romances should have a good journey towards having that relationship with Jesus. In the case of this book it just kind of happened. There was no decent connection with the faith when in comes to the female lead. I really thought there would be somet
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Overtly Christian story with no proselytizing. The family just goes about living their life.

The characters are all really well done

There's obviously some tragic circumstances, but the story focuses on how they are handled and not the tragedies themselves. While Brandon and his family are Christians and willing to discuss their faith with Rachel, they don't push their faith on her.

Through her talks with her new mother-in-law and sister-in-law, Rachel takes a look at her motivations, her fears,
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What a sweet story! I truly read it in one day. It was a dear story of love and acceptance.
Melanie Snitker has a endearing way with words. They just flowed with colorful pictures of life.
This story tells of God's undying love for us and challenges us to love others. It also showed how we never really know what is happening to another person until we reach out.
Thanks Melanie for writing this story.
Baby Girl
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow Amazing

I loved how this story truly embraces the love of God especially when things seem to go wrong at every turn. Rachel's life may have started hard, but through perseverance and by allowing Brandon, his family and the Lawrences in to help her and Kendra heal things are going to be a lot better for her. Evil never prevails when faith and God are there to fully take control.😁
Sandra Judkins
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full of God’s love and journey of faith thru real life circumstances

Full of God’s love and journey of faith thru real life circumstances and feelings anyone would or could go thru and see the intricate work God and faith unfolding the lives and characters in this book. I glean so much for the inner me of moving away from victim mentality and seeing God’s love teaching to receive of Him and Have Faith Trust in God. Thank you for this book!!
Heather in FL
This wasn't what I expected. It was a sweet story, but it was a bit more "faith-y" than I'm used to. Heck, it was a *lot* more "faith-y" than I'm used to, and there wasn't really anything in the blurb that indicated it would be so. So much praying in so many places. I mean, it's sweet that the guy is praying for guidance in how to deal with this situation, but I dunno. Just not my cup of tea. The main characters didn't even kiss really until the end. But it was a sweet story. ...more
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Melanie D. Snitker is a USA Today bestselling author who writes clean and inspirational romance novels.

She has enjoyed writing fiction for as long as she can remember. She started out writing episodes of cartoon shows that she wanted to see as a child and her love of writing grew from there.

She and her husband live in the beautiful Texas Hill Country with their two children, who keep their lives

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