About the Book
Two years after losing the love of his life to cancer, Connor Murphy is slowly emerging from the darkness of grief, but he wrestles with fears about how he and his twelve-year-old son Reid will manage to navigate Reid’s teenage years on their own. Connor’s single-minded prayer has become, please, no more changes, but when single mom Jade Beck arrives to take on the job Sadie Murphy had done before her death, it becomes clear God has stamped his prayer request denied.
Jade Beck’s prayers were answered when she received the offer of a job as Lakeshore Lodge’s marketing and customer relations manager. Or so she thought. After a messy divorce, she and her two children need a safe place to land and find the peace their lives have lacked, but once she meets her abrupt, brooding supervisor, Mr. Connor Murphy, her fresh start suddenly looks a bit…stale. She’s already endured fifteen years living with a condescending man, and she won’t be a doormat anymore.
As the challenges of single parenting continually push them together, Jade and Connor’s relationship gradually transforms from cold and awkward to respectful and mutually supportive…and eventually to something deeper and more tender. But navigating these changes forces them to deal with the hurts and disappointments of their pasts and confront the fears that hold them captive.
Surrendering their hopes and fears to God has never felt so daunting. Can they learn to see the goodness of God, even in their broken paths, and trust that morning by morning, God’s tender mercies are ever new?
Morning by Morning, book 8 in the Murphy Brothers Stories, is a complex, emotional story of hope after heartache, of deeply moving, tender romance after devastating loss, and God’s faithful love, even in life’s hardest place.
Other Books in the Series
In My Opinion
If you are in search of an author who digs into the messiness of life, look no further. Jennifer Rodewald continuously delivers gut-wrenching emotions in each book she writes, and the Murphy Brothers series has held my heart through each book.
Morning by Morning is Connor Murphy’s second book. If you’re new to the series, you won’t be lost picking up this one, but you will understand so much more about the man Connor is if you read Everything Behind Us. Dubbed Constant Connor by his brothers, he is the dependable, do the right thing brother.
But Connor has suffered a devastating loss and, two years later, he’s still grieving. The last thing he wants is more change in his life. Enter Jade Beck and her daughter and son. Jade is also grieving a loss, but in a much different way than Connor is. Yet, the two are in the midst of exactly what Connor wants least—change.
I was happy to see Matt and Lauren (from book one in the series) again. And appreciated how Matt spoke truth into Connor’s life when he most needed it, helping Connor to see where his resistance to Jade was coming from. The bond the brothers have cultivated over the years through this series is one of the strengths of Rodewald’s writing.
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