In Almost Perfect, Kelli Patterson thought Steven Ross was taking her on a romantic dinner date to propose. Shock and devastation ensue when he breaks her heart. Hardly Perfect reunites readers with Kelli as she navigates heartbreak, continuing to pray that God would give her that Jeremiah 17:7 man. Often, what we pray for is not delivered in our timeline, and our best laid plans do not align with God’s. Under His guiding hand, Kelli puts her life and heartache on hold and moves hundreds of miles away to help her grandmother run her flower shop. There, in the midst of strangers, Kelli finds familiar comfort and a chance at love with someone else who is far from home.
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