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Crystal McCourtney faces turmoil when her husband is killed and she?s faced with being the bread winner for herself and her eight-year-old son. She goes to Dr. Dave Alexander, a psychologist, to see if she can get his endorsement on a proposal of a mental health program for teens that she developed. Crystal figures the program could be incorporated into McAlester High School. The attempt is to get employment as a teacher but getting the doctor?s signature is difficult. And she certainly didn?t expect to be attracted to the doctor! On top of that, Crystal struggles with a forgiveness issue, concerning the recovering alcoholic responsible for the car crash her husband died in. She will never forgive Mark Daniels. Then the unthinkable happens. Dave and Crystal run into Mark by mistake at a shopping mall. Crystal discovers the two men not only know each other but they are friends! Will Crystal find the faith she so desperately needs?
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Heartwarming... Feb 26, 2002
The Proposal by Mary Ann Kerl Publisher: AmErica House ISBN 1-58851-505-2 Genre: Christian Romance
Crystal McCourtney never expected to be sole provider for her eight-year-old son, nor had she expected to be a widow after only ten years of marriage. A drunk driver rearranged her life, causing her to refocus and rethink her expectations. Strengthened by faith, encouraged by her friends Crystal struggles to survive. Yet the pain of her loss is like a knotted fist of angry rage in her spirit because, she can never forgive the alcoholic whose irresponsible behavior cost her so much. Never.
Psychologist,Dave Alexander, never expected fatherhood to be so fulfilling, nor so difficult to claim rights to. But obstacles bar his path: he's not married to his daughter's mother, he courted and wed the wine bottle instead and by the time he found the redeeming grace of God and a sponsor in AA his credibility as parent material was tainted considerably. Still, Dave is determined to fight for his right to be a father to his daughter.
Crystal approaches Dr. Alexander because she needs his endorsement of her proposal for a program she designed to help teens develop the skills needed to cope with drugs, sex, and violence. Dave is far more interested in getting on with his own battles and plans to point out the weakness in Crystal's proposal and be done with her. Both forget to remember to consult the Master's plan, until a series of mishaps throw them together.
When Crystal's rebellious son runs away from home, a fiery crash threatens the life of Dave's daughter, and a face-to-face encounter with the unforgiven past, both find their faith tested and they are forced to reevaluate their expectations.
The Proposal is a heart-warming story, reinforcing the value of forgiveness in our lives...
The Proposal Feb 12, 2002
A delightful, easy read. Definitely Kerl's best adult effort to date.