Chasing Charity by Marcia Gruver

Christy here: Have you ever heard of the saying that patience is a virtue? It applies to reading, I promise. You see, when I first picked up this book, I was enthralled by the story line and knew this would be a book I’d enjoy. I like lighthearted stories and I love, love stories. Yet, when I opened this book, Chasing Charity, I must admit, I wasn’t grabbed and enthralled by the first pages of this book. However, something kept me interested and I continued to read.

I’m glad I did.

Ms. Gruver’s southern drawl is explicit in her characters and I simply loved it. When you read this book you are transported back in time to Humble, Texas and I could picture the townsfolk milling around the streets. This story is filled with people trying to do the right thing, people doing the opposite and those in the middle lying and stirring up commotion. It’s entertaining and has my curiosity piqued for the rest of the books in the series. I’m dying to know what happens in Emmy’s Equal.

Also, this is Book 2 in the Texas Treasures series, but I wasn’t at a loss. This book easily stands alone and was very enjoyable. Well Done!

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This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Chasing Charity

Barbour Publishing (April 2009)


Marcia Gruver


Marcia Gruver is a full time writer who hails from Southeast Texas. Inordinately enamored by the past, Marcia delights in writing historical fiction. Her deep south-central roots lend a Southern-comfortable style and a touch of humor to her writing.

Awarded a three book contract by Barbour Publishing for full-length historical fiction, Marcia is busy these days pounding on the keyboard and watching the deadline clock. Diamond Duo, the first installment in the trilogy entitled Texas Fortunes, is scheduled for release in October 2008.

Marcia won third place in the 2007 ACFW Genesis contest and third in the 2004 ACFW Noble Theme contest. Another entry in 2004 finished in the top ten. She placed second in the 2002 Colorado Christian Writer’s contest for new authors, securing a spot in an upcoming compilation book. “I Will Never Leave Thee,” in For Better, For Worse—Devotional Thoughts for Married Couples, was released by Christian Publications in January 2004.

She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Fellowship of Christian Writers, and The Writers View—and a longstanding member of ACFW Crit3 and Seared Hearts, her brilliant and insightful critique groups.

Lifelong Texans, Marcia and her husband, Lee, have one daughter and four sons. Collectively, this motley crew has graced them with ten grandchildren and one great-granddaughter—so far.


When, in full view of family and friends, Charity Bloom’s fiance leaves her stranded at the altar and takes off with her best friend, Charity is humiliated. How will this raven-haired beauty ever recover from losing both her betrothed and best friend on what was supposed to be the happiest day of her life?

When tall, handsome roughneck Buddy Pierce finds oil on Charity’s mama’s land, he hopes to free the Blooms from their poverty-stricken state. But will Buddy find the real treasure lies above ground-in Charity herself?

Ruing the day he left his fiancee for Emily Dane, Daniel Clark is determined to recapture Charity’s affection. But can he remove the three things that stand in his way-a manipulative mama, a spurned lover, and the stranger at his ex-fiancee’s side?

When Daniel re-stakes his claim on Charity’s heart, tongues wag and minds speculate amid schemes and scandals in Humble, Texas. Whom will she choose-the handsome roughneck or the deceitful rouge?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Chasing Charity, go HERE