A Reluctant Melody

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Kit Barnes' alcoholism ruined more lives than his own. Now sober, he wants to make amends by opening a mission for drunkards. But the most suitable location belongs to Joanna Cranston Stewart, a love from his sordid past. 

Friends of her late husband blame Joanna for his death. Although eager to flee from the rumors, she will let the walls of her rundown property crumble around her before she allows Kit back into her life. 

When a blackmailer threatens to reveal Joanna’s long-held secret, will she risk losing everything she owns to Kit … including her heart? 


What Amazon Reviewers Have Said About A Reluctant Melody

"I met Kit in the Christmas novella [The Yuletide Angel] that tells the story of his brother, Hugh. Getting to know him better in this novel has been delightful."

"I love this book. It has something for everyone. Suspense. Romance. Intrigue. Surprise."

"Okay, this may sound bad, but I was surprised with how much I liked this book."

"I could not stop reading. You will love this story."

"This book had everything I could ask for in a romantic mystery."


“Sandra Ardoin writes compelling, fast-moving stories with fascinating characters, and A Reluctant Melody is no exception. No kidding, she hooked me in the first three pages. I loved everything about this novel, the drama, the suspense, the strong romantic thread, and the redemptive element. …” ~ Sharlene MacLaren, Author and Speaker, Tennessee Dreams Series

A Reluctant Melody by Sandra Ardoin has a perfect blend of romance and suspense. The Christian message is nicely woven into the story with delicate healing threads. Speaking as a woman who has experienced the heartache and difficulties associated with addiction, I could relate to the characters’ dark moments. Then I rejoiced with them as hope, grace, and love filled their lives. Readers will too! ~ Andrea Boeshaar, Author of the Shenandoah Valley Saga

A Reluctant Melody takes a background of discord and mismatched notes in unusual characters and well-hidden secrets to weave a story of repentance, renewal, reconciliation and forgiveness which become a sweet melody of hope for a harmonious future. ~ Martha Rogers, Author of The Homeward Journey Series

For such a complex novel filled with twists and turns, the storyline of A Reluctant Melody remains clear, easy to follow, and captures your attention throughout. This is a historical I will be recommending for a long time. A five-star tale of intrigue, hope and romance. Well done! ~ Elaine Cooper, Author of Fields of the Fatherless