She’s waiting for him to decide.
A young pastor of a growing church in a thriving community, Diego Flores has to come to grips with God’s will for his church and his personal life.
From USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson come 10 clean and wholesome, sweet and inspirational contemporary Christian romances set on the beaches of Tybee Island and in the city of Savannah, Georgia, two of the most romantic coastal towns in the world.
Welcome to Savannah, Georgia, in the multicultural new south! Meet a group of multiracial and multiethnic churchgoing Christians who love the Lord, work hard in their careers, and seek God’s will for their love lives. Against a backdrop of ocean, sand, and sun, these inspirational romances showcase aspects of the human need for God and for one another.
These sweet and wholesome Christian beach romances begin with KNOW YOU MORE, the story of Diego Flores and Heidi Wei living in the city of Savannah and on the sunny beaches of Tybee Island.
Diego Flores has been interested in his best friend’s younger sister since their college days, but his calling to grow Riverside Chapel takes up most of his time.
When Heidi Wei becomes his strongest supporter in his church-planting ministry, how does Diego show his feelings for her without giving her the wrong idea?
Does she see him as potential husband material or just the pastor of their church?
Heidi suspects that Diego is sweet on her, but he seems to believe that his divine calling prevents him from acting on it. If it isn’t meant to be, she’s not going to push for it.
Yet every time they are together, something happens between them. Have they moved beyond the platonic relationship they have enjoyed all these years to something more personal?
When a crisis hits Heidi’s family, Diego has to balance pastoring his congregation and ministering to Heidi without losing either one. Being in love while growing a new church is difficult for him to juggle. Which path is more important? Which one should he focus on?
If you enjoy KNOW YOU MORE, you might also enjoy the rest of the Savannah Sweethearts series and the other related sister series or spin-offs. Have some tea, settle on a comfortable reading chair, and enjoy these sweet celebrations of faith, hope, and love in Jesus Christ.
She has no time for his type of fluff.
A struggling artist tries to get his recycled mixed-media art pieces displayed at a local art gallery now run by the owner’s daughter who has zero appreciation for his folk art.
A beach romance novel, Ask You Later is the prequel to USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson’s Savannah Sweethearts series of clean and wholesome contemporary Christian romances set in Savannah and on Tybee Island by the Atlantic Ocean. This novel is also a prelude to Jan’s Vacation Sweethearts, Protector Sweethearts, Seaside Chapel, and Seaside Cottages collections.
A freelance technical writer who writes obscure user guides that nobody reads and engineering manuals for little-used heavy machinery, Sophie Kowalski’s career is filled with black ink on white paper, legalese and technical stuff that few people care about—except for proofreaders and publishers.
When her dad has a nasty fall outside his art gallery and breaks his leg in several places, Sophie is forced to run Simon’s Gallery for a couple of months while Dad recovers from his unfortunate accident.
The first thing Sophie does is remove what she considers “junk art” in the art gallery and cancel several exhibitions by lesser-known artists, replacing them with more famous works that showcase clean lines and minimalism…
A poor and struggling mixed-media local artist, Leonardo “Leon” Watts thinks he has finally turned a corner in his career when Simon Kowalski of the reputable Simon’s Gallery on River Street decides to display his recycled sculptures that showcase everyday life.
That is, before Simon tumbles on the cobblestones, ends up in the hospital, and takes two months off to recover. Standing in Leon’s way is Simon’s daughter, Sophie, now running the gallery however she wants and in whichever way she pleases.
She says that Leon’s displays are “garbage” and shouldn’t see the light of day. Well, technically, he only uses discarded materials he finds in junkyards and recycling centers…
Still, who is she to judge his art?
When Leon decides to educate that unimaginative Sophie on the value of his brand of everyman artwork, he gets more than he is prepared to handle, as his heart begins to express itself in unexpected ways…
A story about living and loving with disability, coupled with racial diversity in Christian communities, CHERISH YOU SO is Book 4 in USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson’s Savannah Sweethearts series of clean, wholesome multiethnic contemporary Christian romance celebrating faith, hope, and love in Jesus Christ.
Billionaire bachelor Dante Dupree has arrived. Living with paraplegia, he now has a state-of-the-art wheelchair to handle his disability, and a private jet to take him across the world to buy up smaller companies for the Hot Dupree global hot sauce empire. And the best news yet for his career: He has been handpicked to be the next CEO of Hot Dupree, Inc., and he’s going to inherit a fifth of the multi-billion-dollar family fortune. He has it all.
At the end of an international business trip, Dante stops in Savannah for merger talks and to visit his pregnant sister. Exuberant and on top of his game, single and free, the center of attention among ladies, and recently voted one of the top ten most eligible young billionaires in the world, self-confident Dante suddenly finds himself in a predicament he cannot solve: he’s in love.
But he can’t get her attention. She is not impressed at all with his accolades.
Nadine Saylor is busy, busy, busy. Her job as a virtual assistant to clients traveling through six or seven time zones keeps her on her toes around the clock. The last thing she needs right now is Dante Dupree flinging signals and invitations at her, even though he did look handsome in his Lagerfeld tuxedo at his sister’s wedding eleven months ago.
Nadine keeps telling herself that her calendar is full. There’s no room for romance. Dante can go find someone else to be his Flavor of the Month.
When one of Dante’s professional problems intersects with Nadine’s personal predicament, they find themselves thrown together to sort out these chapters of their lives. Has God put them together in this place for such a time as this?
If you enjoy CHERISH YOU SO, you might enjoy the rest of the Savannah Sweethearts romances set in the beach town of Tybee Island and in the coastal city of Savannah, two of the most romantic coastal towns in the world.
He wants to raze it all.
A local tour guide who makes a living off Savannah history goes to battle against an award-winning developer who wants to raze the old city block she lives on.
An old-meets-new contemporary Christian romance set in the historic city of Savannah, WALK YOU THERE is Book 5 of USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson’s Savannah Sweethearts series of sweet, clean, and wholesome multiethnic Christian romance celebrating faith, hope, and love in Jesus Christ.
Tamsyn Pendegrast’s troubles can be summed up in one word: Ryan.
Okay, three words: Ryan Ruttledge V.
A nightmare to her historical preservation efforts, an enemy of her fledgling Tamsyn Tours travel agency and tour company, Ryan seems to have it all: funding, support, awards, and the deeds to half the properties on Rosa Pendegrast Lane in old-town Savannah. Only three historic homes remain unsold. One of them is the Pendegrast family home where Tamsyn has lived since she was a baby.
Savannah residents will not take this destruction sitting down. Tamsyn is sure of it. No way will they let Ruttledge Yamada Urquhart Commercial Properties turn her nineteenth-century city block into a ghastly sprawl of glass-and-steel sculpture. It’s Tamsyn’s duty to Savannah history and to the memory of the Pendegrast family to educate that Ryan dude on why he should just leave the past alone.
There. Her task is set.
If only he weren’t so charming…
Three more houses to buy, and the city block will belong to Ryan’s commercial property company. Then he will reshape the area into a modernist architectural creation. One more award to win, and one more plaque to hang on the wall of his Atlanta office. Easy peasy, right?
All he has to do is get past Tamsyn Pendegrast. That small-town tour guide has a property he wants. One house. How hard can it be to get one house? If she sells her ramshackle old house, her two neighbors will follow.
Why is she holding out? His company has offered Tamsyn three times the value of her property. That worn and weary Queen Anne style Victorian house isn’t going to last through the twenty-first century, anyway. Its foundation has been reinforced twice, and no amount of paint will restore it to its old glory. Tamsyn is simply holding on to a past that cannot be regained. She might as well give it up.
And yet, Tamsyn’s tenacity intrigues him. It’s messing with his mind.
If you enjoy WALK YOU THERE, you might enjoy the rest of the Savannah Sweethearts romances set in the beach town of Tybee Island and in the coastal city of Savannah, two of the most romantic coastal towns in the world.
He is uptight.
Never the twain shall…kiss?
A deadline-driven workaholic assistant school principal who meticulously plans his schedule months in advance meets an easygoing art teacher and studio potter with no sense of time, living her life as the seasons come and go. When they cross paths again at the Summer by the Sea Day Camp sponsored by his church in Nassau, Bahamas, how can they get along if they cannot see eye to eye?
From USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson comes SMILE FOR ME, book 1 in the Vacation Sweethearts collection of wholesome, sweet and inspirational Christian romance novels set in some of Jan’s favorite vacation places around the world.
A spin-off of Jan’s Savannah Sweethearts series, these Vacation Sweethearts novels begin with SMILE FOR ME, Byron and Tina and their summer romance in the Bahamas.
Tina MacFarland is laid back…
“Come to the Bahamas, they said. It will be fun, they said. Well, arriving in Nassau, I feel I could be okay if Byron’s not around. I made it! I’m here! That’s good enough for me, but apparently it’s not good enough for Mr. Uptight. Why does he bother me so? I don’t need his approval—Oh yes, I do. As a volunteer art teacher at the day camp, I have to answer to Byron for four weeks. Well, thank God it’s only for four weeks. And then I’m outta here, and he’ll be out of my hair. Surely I can last through day camp. What could possibly go wrong in a month? Nothing I can think of…”
— Tina MacFarland, Potter, Ceramic Artist, Art Teacher, Volunteer at the Summer by the Sea Day Camp in the Bahamas
“This is what I’ve always wanted, right? Then why does this assistant headmaster position hem me in? I feel constricted, restricted, afflicted. I fear I have taken a wrong turn in my career. What is God’s will for my life? And what does Tina think about—Tina? What does she have anything to do with my career decisions?”
—Byron Moss, Assistant Headmaster, Chapel by the Sea Christian School in the Bahamas
Ah, Byron and Tina. How would they navigate the super-conservative work environment where office romance is frowned upon? Can they change the old rules? Or will the old rules change them? Let’s find out in the Caribbean, where the waters are blue, skies are pretty, and hearts are warm…
The Vacation Sweethearts novels are a spin-off of Jan Thompson’s Savannah Sweethearts series.
Book 1: Smile for Me
Book 2: Reach for Me
Book 3: Wait for Me
Book 4: Look for Me
Book 5: Cheer for Me
A Christian beach romance with suspense, TELL YOU SOON is Book 2 in USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson's SAVANNAH SWEETHEARTS series of sweet, clean, and wholesome multiethnic contemporary Christian romances celebrating faith, hope, and love in Jesus Christ.
Sabine Hu’s legs were crushed in an auto accident three years ago, ending her modeling career. Today she walks without a cane, is back in heels, and has found a new job as a real estate agent selling houses in Savannah and on Tybee Island. She keeps to herself and stays in the background, unlike her high-profile sister, Helen, whose fame as a private investigator is constantly in the news.
Private Investigator Aidan Ming Wei works with Sabine’s sister, but he’s interested in getting to know Sabine better. He thinks he can draw her out of her shell. Since he has hired Sabine to sell his house by the Atlantic Ocean, he has all sorts of excuses to spend time with her. She seems to be at ease around him, and they get along well. However, spending time with her is exactly what would put her life in danger, and Ming risks losing Sabine forever...
If you enjoy TELL YOU SOON, you might enjoy the rest of the Savannah Sweethearts series of 10 clean and wholesome, sweet and inspirational, contemporary Christian romances set on the beaches of Tybee Island and in the city of Savannah, Georgia, two of the most romantic coastal towns in the world. Come to the Atlantic Ocean in the south, where the beach weather is warm and the ocean calls year round…
Savannah artist Abilene Dupree keeps her personal life out of her commercial paintings except one. That one painting has now brought Londoner Lars Cargill back to the coastal town and into her art world. Can she hold him at bay before he invades her personal space and paint his way into her heart?
A multiethnic contemporary Christian romance, DRAW YOU NEAR is Book 3 in USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson's Savannah Sweethearts series of sweet, clean, wholesome, and inspirational multiethnic contemporary Christian romances celebrating faith, hope, and love in Jesus Christ.
While on vacation in Savannah last year, Lars Cargill bought a small watercolor painting for his estate in England. The more he stared at the artwork, the more he wanted to meet the woman in the painting. This summer, Lars returns to Savannah to find the elusive real-life Lady and the Sea. Problem is, the artist says she doesn’t exist. Of course, he doesn’t believe her. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be showing up in her art classes and following her around. He doubts she has the heart to turn him away, not when he shows her that he has artistic potential.
Abilene Dupree is busy trying to make a living as an artist and art teacher in Savannah. She sells commercial art, not personal stories. Although much of her heart goes into her paintings, she doesn’t reveal her soul, not even to the clean-cut guy with cute dimples who is searching for the woman in her Lady and the Sea painting. She keeps telling Lars that the illusive woman in the painting doesn’t exist. Well, the more she tells him that, the more she begins to believe her own words. Before she could give him the real answers he seeks, Lars’s own past shows up and he has to leave Savannah. Will their relationship be like an unfinished painting?
If you enjoy DRAW YOU NEAR, you might enjoy the rest of the Savannah Sweethearts romances set in the beach town of Tybee Island and in the coastal city of Savannah, two of the most romantic coastal towns in the world.
Will he also steal her heart?
ONCE A THIEF is Book 1 in USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson’s Protector Sweethearts, a Christian romantic suspense collection that showcases unsung heroes and heroes behind the scene. This series is a spinoff of Jan’s Savannah Sweethearts series, and is a sister series to Vacation Sweethearts.
To protect the woman he loves whom he could not have because she is another man’s wife, Reuben Costa’s father goes to prison for a crime he did not commit. When his father dies in prison, Reuben vows to never love or marry.
Reuben pours the next several years into expanding his father’s art theft organization across Europe, all the while sacrificing his own personal happiness.
Bitter and burned out, he lives in the shadows and moves around at night, until the FBI Art Crime Team and INTERPOL catch up to him and send him to prison.
Five years into his incarceration, he gets a visit from INTERPOL and his FBI nemesis. They offer him an early release from prison and a new life as a free man in exchange for helping them shut down some jewel thieves even more notorious than his own father had been. The work is done, and Reuben is now a free man.
Until he gets a visit from the woman responsible for his father’s destruction…
When Helen Hu decides to open a branch of her Hu Knows, Inc., private investigative firm in Europe, she thinks she will send someone else to run the office and liaise with INTERPOL.
Little does she know that she will have to go to Europe herself. Instead of Brussels or Frankfurt, as she planned in Love You Always (Savannah Sweethearts Book 6) or Vienna, where she went in Share with Me (Seaside Chapel Book 1), Helen ends up in Greece, an old family vacation spot frequented by the Hu family when her father was alive.
Past memories have never been darker for Helen as she deals with a long-lost secret that her mother—known as Mama Hu—has hidden from her for fifteen years. Afraid it will shame her daughter, Mama Hu tries to fix what she has done and redeem herself. And, as Helen fears, she disappears.
The best way for Helen to rescue her mother is to go underground where thieves and robbers live. Her only ticket into that nefarious world is another art thief. He says he is reformed. Or is he?
As Helen and Reuben rush to rescue Mama Hu before the matriarch gets herself killed, the unlikely partners end up bargaining for not only life and death but also their own hearts and souls.
Book 1: Once a Thief
Book 2: Once a Hero
Book 3: Once a Spy
She has fled her hometown to abandon hers.
At a remote mountaintop retreat, an optimistic triple amputee veteran meets a pessimistic beauty in the valleys of their lives.
REACH FOR ME is book 2 in USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson’s Vacation Sweetheartscollection of contemporary Christian romance novels celebrating the immeasurable grace and undeserved mercy of God. These Vacation Sweethearts novels are a spin-off of Jan’s inspirational Savannah Sweethearts series.
In his valley of determination…
Highly decorated for his heroism in fighting terrorism on behalf of his grateful nation, Keenan has given enough to his country. Yet, his enemies are going after him and his former team members as an act of personal vengeance. To protect his family, Keenan leads a trail away from Britain. Off the grid, he is incognito at a remote resort in the mountains of Tennessee. While waiting for his storm to pass, he meets an American girl who is hiding for a different reason in the same misty mountains…
Bearing the burden of a mistake-riddled life, prodigal adopted daughter Phoebe Pace has nowhere else to go. She finds solace in the Great Smoky Mountains, living in quiet regret. What is she going to do with her new neighbor encroaching in her private personal space? Why is he so friendly toward her? So delightful to be with? So charming? So inquisitive…? Just when Phoebe begins to think that she might open up her heart to Keenan, the ex-soldier’s unfinished business pulls her into a crisis she has never experienced before, and danger comes knocking…on the wrong door.
The Vacation Sweethearts novels are a spin-off of Jan Thompson’s Savannah Sweethearts series.
Book 1: Smile for Me
Book 2: Reach for Me
Book 3: Wait for Me
Book 4: Look for Me
Book 5: Cheer for Me
From USA Today bestselling author Jan Thompson come these Seaside Chapel novels, blending flavors of inspirational women’s fiction with contemporary Christian romance to celebrate the grace of God and hope in Jesus Christ.
SHARE WITH ME is book 1 in this series set on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, a beach town where history is all around and the future is a moment away. In SHARE WITH ME, enjoy the story of violinist Ivan McMillan and violin collector Brinley Brooks, and savor the music of the orchestra.
Brinley Brooks is on St. Simon’s Island to spend time with her family and to settle into a new single life, not to get into another dead-end relationship. But when Ivan plays that second movement out of one of Bach’s orchestral suites on his violin, it is as though her heart is finding a second movement in her love life. Or is she just lonely? Or is this love for real this time around?
Six years ago, Ivan McMillan was a budding crossover violinist, but that career was cut short when Grandpa Otto died and he came home to St. Simon’s Island to take care of Grandma Yun and her broken hip. Now he has found a new road back to the orchestral stage. The last thing he needs is a detour he cannot afford. But Brinley. Ah, Brinley. So pleasing to look at… So pleasant to be with…
When one of his worst nightmares comes to pass, Ivan feels obligated to show Brinley what it means to be a Christian living through adversity. But trusting God is the last thing on his mind as the crisis affects his career, his life, and worse, his relationship with Brinley. He can’t let her see him afflicted like this. Nope. He sure can’t. What is a man to do?
Enjoy the music of the orchestra and hymns of the church, as well as follow the lives of the residents of this southern coastal town where the past and present intersect…
Book 1: Share with Me
Book 2: Step with Me
Book 3: Sing with Me