About the Book
Book: Tempting Tait
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Contemporary Christian Romance
Release Date: July 30, 2020
He chose to be a dad before he realized he’d need a wife, too.
When Tait took in an abandoned girl, he had no idea it would change his life.
Tait Stedtmann–accountant, fledgling do-it-yourselfer, and all-around nice guy. He’d been more than a little interested in Bentley Girard and had finally worked up the courage to ask her out. That was before that fateful day at the rest stop when he saw a girl shoved from a car and abandoned there.
She’s not like any girl he’s ever met, and now she’s given him an ultimatum. Adopt her baby, or she’ll abort it.
Eden doesn’t think he’ll do it. She can have the abortion and move on with her life–far away from these creepy Christians in Fairbury. But when Tait agrees, she finds herself keeping her word… and the pregnancy.
Nine months later, Tait is wracked by guilt as relief sets in when Eden leaves and terrified as he decides he can’t do this daddy thing alone. Bentley figured out how to make marriage happen for her.
Would she help him, find someone, too?
Tempting Tait is the second in the Marriages of Conviction series.
One of my favorite books last year was Blessing Bentley. It was such a different book, with a completely different approach to marriage than I had seen before—I loved it! Chautona gave us a teaser at the end, with the first chapter of the sequel, Tempting Tait. I’ve been looking forward to Tait for a year, and now he’s finally in his own book. And a wonderful book it is!
At the beginning of the book, Eden was terrified that her boyfriend would leave her, so she tried her mother’s trick to get him to stick around longer. It backfired—Tait watched in horror as the boyfriend abandoned Eden and left her injured. Of course, he helped her get medical treatment, but then she learned she was pregnant. There was no way she was going to raise a baby, so she just planned to get rid of it—Tait was horrified at that thought, too, and begged her to allow him to adopt the baby instead.
Fast forward nine months: Tait was now a single dad, and realized that it wasn’t working. God’s plan included two parents. Bentley had made marriage work for her; could she help him out? Who would be interested in marrying Tait just so that the baby he saved from abortion would have a mother? If he found someone like that, would Tait learn to love her—and she, him? Hold on for the wild ride as this story unfolds!
I actually read the book twice, once as each chapter was written and again after it was all together. I loved it both times! I even found myself reading later than I should have one night, on the second time through, just because it was such a lovely story. It’s quite different from Bentley, but just as good. Don’t miss this book! It’s not only very much worth reading for the story, and for the spiritual truths that are shared so naturally all the way through, and the example of how Christians should respond to abortion, it’s funny! I loved the interactions within one family who feature strongly in the story, although I wanted to shake some sense into the one man. It was also fun to figure out Tait’s big secret throughout the story. This is easily one of my favorite books for this year. Oh, and in this book Chautona takes us right into the bedroom. She never does that—but there’s a good reason here, and I’m not going to tell you any more about it. You have to read the book to find out how and why.
I received a free copy of this book from the author, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
About the Author:
Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.
More From Chautona:
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It’s been ten… maybe fifteen years since Eden Pohl waltzed into my brain and settled in. Despite my focused attention on other books, her taunts never strayed far from my hearing.
If you really believed what you say about abortion, you’d tell my story.
You just don’t want to have to write the messy stuff.
Ouch. Worst of all, she was wrong. And she wasn’t.
I don’t mind attacking the hard things when it’s the right time, but I only had half a story. I knew what would not happen but not what would.
So, she languished there in what is probably the longest pregnancy in fiction.
After my friend, Sandy, killed my dreams of combining Tait and Bentley’s stories and added Tait’s (and therefore Eden’s) into a series, things clicked. Duh. Tait would need a wife. Being a single parent is hard. It isn’t how God designed things, you know? We’re supposed to have help. A spouse, extended family, the church.
But sometimes things don’t work in this fallen world. Sometimes we find ourselves parents—even by choice—without the daily support of another parent. Not only that, sometimes our own parents aren’t in a position to be able to help. Age, illness, or distance can remove us from the God-given networks we should have and don’t.
Finally, our decisions sometimes cause us to isolate ourselves even from God’s family, and the result can mean we don’t have that help that we otherwise would.
One verse came to mind over and over when I planned out the rest of Tait’s story.
Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18)
Sometimes the words tried to transform themselves into, “It is not good for a father to be alone, so God will find him a helper parent suitable…”
And I had to silence that voice.
First, because we don’t just change Scripture to suit our purpose. Or rather, we shouldn’t.
Second, because that’s even more out of order than having a baby before marriage. It happens sometimes—sometimes by choice, as in Tait’s situation. However, the healthiest marriage will usually put a strong emphasis on the marriage relationship first (after the Lord, of course) and then focus on the children. Why? Because it is best for the children if their parents are in unity. Children find security and strength in knowing their parents love and are committed to each other.
So many times, I started to put that emphasis in the wrong place struggled to get it right. Then one day I realized that this was the very thing I needed to do. Show that struggle. I needed to show that Tait’s focus was wrong—that he created problems he could have avoided simply by being a good daddy… but also by being an even better husband.
I hope you’ll enjoy Tait’s story, and I pray that his heart for the unborn will touch your life in a real and tangible way.
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