Katie MacKenna experienced one storm after another in her life. When Leukemia stole her mother from her and her father, Katie was only seven-years-old, and her father didn’t know how to cope after such a catastrophic loss. His response was to shut down and become abusive. The overwhelming devastation which surrounded Katie throughout her journey in life forced her to shut down just to survive as well.
Trust is a difficult thing for many people, but for Katie it’s virtually impossible. Every life has Seasons of Change. Will those seasons open Katie to new opportunities or will they forever isolate her in survival mode? Will she be able to overcome the storms that have surrounded her to answer a call for help?
1 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
Winter’s Verdict is the second book in the Grace Restored Series. After graduation from high school in the small Oklahoma town of West Springs, Katie MacKenna decided to start her life over in Cleveland, Ohio. Taking into account her roommate and closest friend over the last couple of years in college, Jillian Shaw, was murdered by a serial rapist on campus just before break, Katie chose to stay on the nearly deserted campus instead of returning home to her abusive father. During break, she is approached with an opportunity that may affect her aspirations to be an FBI agent. In the meantime, she also builds a friendship with Giovanni, the mafia leader’s son. Things around her are confusing at best. Can she trust what is right before her when everything is not as it seems? Will her heart experience a winter thaw or will she forever be known as the Ice Queen?
19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
Spring Shadows, the third book in the Grace Restored Series, follows the life of Katie MacKenna. With the Rossi Family dismantled, the only thing left for Katie to do is graduate and hopefully move on to the police force before going to Quantico and a career in the FBI. But, had she tied up all her lose ends? A new boss is in town - one who has a score to settle with Katie. With threats against her on all sides, Katie doesn't know who to trust.
Song of Solomon 2:11-12
For behold, the winter is past; the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.
Summer Secrets is the fourth book in the Grace Restored Series, which follows the life of Katie MacKenna. Struggling after a tumultuous year of loss and being targeted by an unknown person who calls himself 'The Hunter,' Nick decided she needed a break and took her to his home in Australia. Katie was hoping to leave Joey Rossi and Cristian Gombeda behind for some rest and relaxation, but things are far from relaxing in Australia. She thought she knew Nick, but upon their arrival she learns about his identical twin brother, Nate, who she had no idea even existed. How many more secrets are contained within Australia's borders? Is Nick really who she thinks he is? What else will she discover during this season? What has become of the situation regarding Joey Rossi and Cristian Gombeda?
26 "So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell."
Forever Fall, is the final installment of the Grace Restored Series. The direction of Katie MacKenna’s life has made a drastic change. In order to escape the heavy hands of Lucca and Joey Rossi, Nick came up with a plan to fake their deaths. With Nick and Katie’s identity changed, it allows them to start over with a new life in Australia. Getting married upon their arrival, they plan on living life to the fullest as husband and wife, but have all loose ends been tied? Did Lucca and Joey believe the reports? What about Nate, Nick’s twin brother? If he shows up, he could expose them, therefore putting Nick and Katie in danger again. And then there’s Dominic Cook. In a memorial to Katie, he gets on a plane to Australia using the photos Katie posted from her first Australia trip to plan his travels. Does he find more than he bargained for once in Cairns? Will Nick and Katie ever be able to get their happily ever after?
20 “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are His. 21 He changes times and seasons; He deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. 22 He reveals deep and hidden things; He knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with Him.
Hope’s Door New Beginning Center provides hope and healing to victims of domestic violence and their children. In 2017, their crisis advocates answered 5,855 calls to their emergency hotline and they had 573 adults and children in residence at their emergency shelters over the year. Once those individuals were ready to move to their own place they assisted 167 families through their transitional housing program. All clients, adults and children, are eligible for counseling and 1,499 adults and 963 children were seen last year. Additionally, their legal department assisted 589 survivors through the legal process with child custody, protective orders, restraining orders or divorce representation. They reached 31,653 community members through educational programming and outreach events, as well as providing 546 clients with BIPP services.