Three small-town young women face big-time battles.
After suffering a heart-aching breakup, Marissa retreats into herself, over-exercising and depriving herself of food. When she takes on an acting role portraying a mysterious woman named Poppy, she realizes that to find joy again, she must fight for it.
Still reeling from the void left after her father died, Elise fills the space with short-lived thrills and flings, each leaving her lonelier than before. But when she meets Brady Bradshaw, the lead actor in a movie being filmed in her hometown of Bluebonnet, she finds herself drawn to something more than his charm and good looks.
The honeymoon phase ended long ago for Charlotte and her husband, who pays more attention to his phone and sports than to her. After meeting handsome, blue-eyed Wes, her imagination shifts from the fantasy world of her romance novels to reality. Will she strive to save her marriage, or will lust and apathy undermine what she knows is right?
Poppy McAdams calls these women the Orchids. Despite barely knowing them, this sage older woman assigns each a particular species of orchid, one that reveals what they struggle against and how to fight back victoriously. Her own life has been rife with hardship and heartache, but it serves the Orchids well as they learn to trust in God’s work.
A story of hope, inspiration, and life-changing belief.
Two weeks. That was it. Two weeks to sulk, to sob, to replay the final conversation over and over again while reading old text messages, listening to old voicemails, and staring through tear-stung eyes at the tan line left by the engagement ring.
“After two weeks, it’ll be time to get on with your life. Then you will get back to work and get your mind off of him…”
The words of her mother rang in Marissa’s head as her alarm clock beeped and buzzed. She rolled onto her side and groaned at the sight of “11:00 a.m.” flashing before her, then pounded the snooze button and pressed her phone awake. But nothing was waiting there for her. Day Fourteen was here, and still no message or call from Jack.
Marissa’s finger circled over her phone’s Facebook icon, tempted to touch it and see what her ex was up to, who he was hanging out with and where, but she’d made a vow to herself on Day One not to resort to stalking.
“Don’t be creepy, Marissa. Whatever you do, do not be creepy,” she whispered to herself. She set down her phone and shut her eyes, repeating the mantra in her mind, a discipline that had become a daily practice.
“Marissa! Honey, are you still asleep?” The voice belonged to Marissa’s mother, Teresa, the only other person who had a key to her apartment now that Jack had returned his.
“I brought coffee!” Teresa announced. “And bagels!”
Marissa didn’t budge. There was no use trying to look put together or feign cheerfulness. And even if she did try, her mother would see right through the act and ask her whom she thought she was fooling.
Marissa heard her mother simultaneously knock on the bedroom door and turn the knob.
“Marissa Grace Bryant, it’s eleven o’clock!” Teresa said, tugging on her daughter’s big toe peeping out of the lavender duvet cover.
Marissa gave a sigh of surrender and forced herself to a sitting position.
“Good morning, Mom,” she muttered, rubbing the sleep from her eyes.
“Guess what day it is, sweetheart,” Teresa said with a high, melodic voice.
“You say it like it’s Christmas morning, or my wedding day,” Marissa answered, her eyes dropping to her naked left hand.
“Stop that, Marissa. No more moping or feeling sorry for yourself. You promised me that after two weeks, you’d start moving on and forget about what’s-his-name.”
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“Armor for Orchids is my favorite book for 2016. The characters come to life so you feel like they are a best friend or a neighbor you know. The storylines are riddled with humor, everyday drama and unexpected twists. I literally laughed out loud at times! It is a page-turner that you can't put down and look forward to getting back to. This book can help young women who struggle with some of the issues these characters struggled with. However, women of all ages will love Orchids.”
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