An Unexpected Woman

Sandi Layne’s refreshing and brilliant writing style will fascinate you. – Raum Marinella from

Coming in Summer, 2013
Click to go to the book page at The Writer’s Coffee Shop!

Once again, Megan Dooley has produced a lovely cover for my work! 🙂

It was a pleasure to read this book and this is the main reason I gave it 5 butterflies. At first sight it seems just another love story, but the lessons you learn from the experience are more important than anything else: love and faith mixed together make a good team and a great marriage. – Diana at


“Put a bow around the woman you want for me, so I’ll know.”

Associate Pastor Dr. Mark Countryman is a recent transplant to North Fort Myers, Florida. Although it’s a paradise for some, Dr. Countryman has never felt more alone. As his fortieth birthday approaches, he reevaluates his past relationships and prays that God will guard his heart so it will not be broken again. If only there was a way he could be sure of God’s will.

“God says that a man is not meant to live alone always.”

As a child, Shelley watched her mother lose the battle against breast cancer. In her late teens, she survived a major hurricane with her father while living in Southwest Florida. Now twenty-five, Shelley Roberts is a furniture repairwoman who believes in being prepared for every contingency while enjoying life and seizing the moment.

A random encounter throws these two people into each other’s lives. Soon after, Shelley is assigned to do some work at Mark’s church. As they spend more time together, a relationship slowly begins to blossom, though whether they’re “friends” or “more” is something neither of them is certain of.

While growing closer to Mark, Shelley encourages him to prepare for the upcoming hurricane season—something she had to learn to do some years before. Though a woman of faith, her life’s experiences have taught her that preparation is necessary. She is enthusiastic in this belief, even when Mark tries to get her to relax and have faith in God’s protection.

Their beliefs will be tested when hurricane season begins in earnest and a storm grows in strength as it nears the Florida Peninsula.

One of my favourite things is when Mark and Shelley get cheeky with each other. Each knows how to keep the other from getting in a funk. And the flirting is awesome. There are some great romantic moments that are perfectly in keeping with godly conduct. – Jess Molly

There’s even a Pinterest board for this title.


An excerpt from the NEW EDITION!

“Come close?” she inquired with a teasing lilt to her voice that carried strangely through the wind to his ears.

It was impossible to be offended by her persistence. Maybe it was the angle of her head or that curl in her voice. “Maybe,” he allowed, leaning his elbows on the railing and looking out over the rapidly filling white sand beach not far from them. The only problem with this position was that it put him rather close to a bare, tanned shoulder, and he had to force himself not to trace its curve with his eyes. He had a list of reasons why he shouldn’t be doing that, but the biggest one was that Shelley had made it very clear that they were bartering. This wasn’t anything more than a give and take.

She blurred that impression in the next breath. “You were close to getting married? And they let you get away?”

A burst of warmth erupted under his skin and he had to laugh.

She buried her face in her hands, shoulders shaking with silent laughter. “Sorry,” she managed, the word barely carrying to him.

He tugged one of her hands down so he could take off her sunglasses and see her face. She didn’t try to stop him. “Hey. Don’t be.” A huge pressure seemed suddenly to overshadow them and he couldn’t move. As if all that was required, just this minute, was to surround himself in the brown lights that danced in Shelley’s eyes. She had such a life about her. A life that he hadn’t really known he had been missing until he met her.


I was interviewed on the Jiggy Jaguar Show about this title. Take a listen!

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