Have you ever felt alone in the world or been afraid to go to sleep in your own home?
In Love Never Fails, Bella Roberts experiences both, and for good reason.
After her mother dies in a hit-and-run, escaping an abusive relationship, eight-year-old Bella goes to live with her aunt and uncle, who try to show her that love and faith can conquer any fear. She blossoms under their care, but when they also pass away, Bella is crushed. She has no one to turn to now except for her best friend, who has a growing family of her own.
A rude confrontation in her workplace makes her second-guess her purpose in life—until she discovers an abandoned puppy. Bella finds love and companionship with her furry friend, but her fears escalate once again when her backyard fence is tampered with and someone plays a horrible prank that makes her suspect she and her Maltipoo are both in danger.
With the help of the local veterinarian, her friends, and a home security system, Bella soon uncovers who is behind the nasty pranks. Though she clings to the Scriptures she learned with her aunt and uncle, Bella can’t shake the horrible sensation of being watched and struggles to understand.
When an unknown relative shows up out of the blue, Bella begins to doubt everything about her life, including her memories of her mother and aunt and uncle. Then she and her pup are kidnapped, and she is forced to face the nightmares of her past.
Will her faith be strong enough to get her through and help her find love again?
From a young age, J. C. Lafler always wanted to write, but she ended up in a government career that lasted nearly thirty-two years. Now she spends her days writing about faith in God and enjoys puzzles, painting, and traveling. She and her husband, David, have six children and nine grandchildren. They live in Portage, Michigan, and winter in Missouri City, Texas. Her novels include Lost and Found, Amazing Grace, Hope Everlasting, Leap of Faith, and Finding Joy. Love Never Fails is J.C.’s sixth novel with Redemption Press. Visit www.jclafler.com for more information.
“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three,” Uncle Paul would say.
Love was missing from the house. And Bella missed it terribly.
“I think she will make it. She’s in much better shape than the others. The runt is usually pretty resilient.”
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Romans 12:9.
“Christ died on the cross to save us from our sins, and he loves us unconditionally. He looks after us, if we just trust in him. We feel his love all around us, always, because his love never fails.”
“Your mom’s love is deep in your heart, and no one can take it away.”
Looking down the street, Bella saw the man round the corner and disappear. There was something familiar about him, but she was so upset, she couldn’t focus on what it was.
Sitting in her big chair with Rosie already asleep beside her after her ordeal, Bella stared into space. “Who are you? Why are you terrorizing us?”
She lay awake for a long time, wondering what the next day would bring. Was her whole world about to be turned upside down?
“Did you know about Douglas, Uncle? Is there a chance that he could be my father?” She didn’t want to think her uncle might have kept something like this from her, and she wanted to trust God with all her heart.
“It’s going to be okay. I know that no matter what, God’s love will not fail me.”
“What am I going to do about him? He says I owe him money.”
Even as a kid, this girl had been nothing but trouble, and he was finally going to make her pay.
Parked on the other side of the barn was the truck. It was rickety, rusted, and falling apart, but it sure looked like the truck she remembered from the accident.
Just when she was about to give up, she heard her mother’s voice. “I love you, Bella, I’ll always love you. You can do this.”
Bella gave one last kick with all her might, and her foot connected with the saw. The rusted nail gave way and the saw tumbled, almost on top of her.
Bella was exhausted, but she appreciated having her dad and brother around her and leaned against both men. For once she was not alone.
But she was afraid to go to sleep. She wasn’t sure if she would ever feel safe in her own home again.
The vision was like a neon sign showing me that love always prevails, in spite of the evil in the world.
“We never give God enough credit.”