CrossReads Short Takes: Intercepted & The Falling of Jodie Skye 3/9/2022

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CrossReads Short Takes


by Doug Veeder


The McLean’s are a farming family in Central North Carolina who believe in family, football and a deep faith in God that transcends every aspect of their lives; all of them, that is, except for their youngest son, Veeder. Intercepted captures the coming-of-age story of a young man making his way in the world. The highs, the lows, the crossroads, and the moments when he has to face the reality of a broken world and decide whether or not he is willing to accept the love of God. Jesus is with Veeder in every moment of his life, while walking on mountaintops as he basks in his rising fame as a star quarterback as well as when he must walk through the valley of darkness in the most challenging times of his life. It is never Jesus who fails to be present, it is Veeder who is unwilling to accept God’s love until one fateful day when a promise to Veeder’s grandmother is fulfilled. It is in that quintessential moment that Veeder will have to face the truth about the deception of free will and be faced with a decision that will impact the rest of his life.

Intercepted is a poignant story told over fifteen years about life, love, faith, and a young man coming of age as he grapples with his belief in God and how His principles will impact his life. It is a refreshing tale about the love of family, societal morals and personal values that promote a feeling of hope in the love of God and how important His presence is in everyday life.





The Falling of Jodie Skye

by Anastasia Simonds

The Falling of Jodie Skye

If you’re looking for a book to take on a vacation or for a weekend read, The Falling of Jodie Skye has got all the intrigue, intensity, and romantic poignancy to make it a captivating and thought-provoking read!

Twenty-five-year old Jodie Skye has had a damning past and a lot of skeletons in her closet. Except for her best friend, Stacie, she doesn’t let anyone in, nor is she looking for a relationship; well, at least not a short-term one! Yet, at the back of her mind, she can’t seem to forget the handsome stranger she’s seen on the train until she finds out he’s taken, or so she thinks. After a drunken night that ends in a questionable one-night stand, vulnerable and full of regrets, Jodie finds herself more detached from the world than ever. She vows to never trust a man again until she meets Colin, the stunning stranger from the train. She finds herself falling in love but does she dare to love again or will her guarded secrets ruin her chances?

Will this be a happily ever after ending where she meets her Prince Charming…or will he end up being a frog, like the rest?

Beautifully written and emotionally charged, Anastasia Simonds takes her writing genre to another dimension where friendships, love, loss, pain, lust, and sex all collide in this moving story of a young woman whose ups and downs in life take us on an emotional roller coaster that rings so close to home and reminds us that we are human after all. An unforgettable romance!


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