Release Date: November 15, 2015

Book One in the Love That Counts Series

About the Book

Humiliated after her broken engagement, Claire Montgomery flees her comfortable life in San Francisco for a teaching position in Pine Creek, Washington, a dot of a town nestled in the rugged Cascade Mountains. She’s determined to succeed—for once in her life—only to discover, upon her arrival, that success will have to be won. Thanks to a school board error, two teachers have been hired.

When scandal forces professor Barrett Clarke from his position, he returns to Pine Creek where his uncle, chairman of the school board, sets forth an irresistible offer: teach one year in return for ranchland. For this would-be rancher, nothing is more tempting than resurrecting his childhood dream, and nothing can deter him from earning that land.

Except perhaps Claire Montgomery. Losing the battle for the classroom means losing the ranchland, but winning may mean losing Claire’s heart.



About the Author

A native of Washington State, Sondra Kraak grew up playing in the rain, hammering out Chopin at the piano, and running up and down the basketball court. Now settled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, blogging about spiritual truths, and writing historical romance set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She delights in sharing stories that not only entertain, but nourish the soul. Her debut novel, One Plus One Equals Trouble, was an ACFW Genesis semi-finalist (2015) and the winner of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Unpublished Women’s Fiction Award (2015).

Sondra Kraak

My Ideation

This is a fun story about two rivals coming together in love.  Claire is starting a new career as a school teacher.  Little does she know that Barrett has been hired for the same job.  Both are given the opportunity to co-teach in an effort to see who will be the permanent teacher.  Through this “friendly” competition, they learn to trust one another.  Claire is able to forgive those who hurt her.  I loved the fact that they were teaching in an old style school house – one room!  I can only imagine how much fun it would be to teach in a one-room school house.

I was given a free copy of One Plus One Equals Trouble for my honest opinion.






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