May 23, 2023

What About Love?

Mary E Hanks

Can Liv marry a man she doesn’t love for a good cause?

Seven months pregnant, alone, and homeless, Liv sits in a diner in Spokane, crying over her cold french fries. With plans to spend another night in her car at the rest stop, she has no direction for her life. So when Trish North, a motherly stranger, invites her to stay with her, how can she refuse?

Trish’s son, Smith, has felt a calling to be a pastor ever since he was a kid. However, the church where he feels led to minister has a strict requirement. Their pastor must be married. When Smith’s engagement disintegrates, along with his dreams of pastoring, he faces a faith crisis.

Trish has a solution. Why doesn’t he marry their houseguest?

A preposterous idea!

Yet, in their unlikely, unexpected friendship—and over baking mishaps—Smith and Liv discover laughter, purpose, and hope. Are those things enough to build a marriage on?

What about love?

If you enjoy lighthearted inspirational Christian fiction with a slow-burn romance, flirting while baking, and a marriage of convenience storyline, try Liv & the Preacher today! This is a standalone novel set in 1988.

Married for 40+ years, Mary Hanks loves to read and write Christian fiction married romances. She has written twelve books in the second-chance inspirational Christian fiction genre so far. Liv & the Preacher is her first standalone marriage of convenience story. She hopes to write many more heartwarming stories!

Besides writing, Mary likes to do artsy stuff, go on adventures with Jason, and meet her four adult kids for coffee or breakfast. Check out her website at

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