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A midnight tryst, an unknown admirer, and a baby that is delivered to church with just a short note.

On the day Deacon Hudson was set to be ordained, a bundle shows up at the church with a simple note on it. Deacon Hudson is the father. Take care of her.

Deacon knows he’s not the father. The Immaculate Conception was a one time thing. But the baby needs a parent, and he has to decide if he will give up his life dream of being a pastor to take the child, despite the fact that the note is a lie. Can he do it without resenting the child?

Blair Dixon made an unthinkable decision and sacrifice, driven by the unfathomable love a mother has for her child.

She served her time. Now she’s back to fix the mess she made.

It might not be possible to straighten everything out.

It’s definitely not possible for her to get everything she wants - the best everything for her daughter and the love of the cowboy she chose to be the father.

But small town gossip can be vicious, and unless she comes up with a plan, she could ruin his life a second time.

After what she’d done, love was impossible. Or was it?

©2020 Jessie Gussman (P)2020 Jessie Gussman

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  • Katie
  • 05-09-2020

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Such a fun addition to a great series! Such a cute story and the narrator was awesome as always.

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  • Cyndi
  • 28-08-2020

A beautiful and heartwarming story about true love

Ms. Gussman has written a very beautiful story of learning to forgive ourselves for the mistakes of our past. Deacon has been a Christian his whole life and has been one of the very few that has never turned his back on God, but he has also been lonely as he gets older. This story shows us two things for sure, one is that God knows the desires of our heart, the other is that He is always there and ready to forgive. This is an emotional book that I enjoyed very much. Mr
Dyess has done a wonderful job of giving the story life.
I received a free code from the publisher to listen to this book on Audible. This review is my own honest opinion.

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  • Lisa Witt
  • 25-08-2020

Wow!

I am officially joining the the fan club for Jay! I’ve been listening to a lot of audio books lately, and this is one I have greatly enjoyed. Usually when a man’s voice is portraying a female, it’s comes across as a bit snarky, but not so with this book! I felt the respect Jay had for the characters in his voicing of them, and I loved listening to this and can’t wait for the next one!

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  • Janet
  • 19-08-2020

Such a touching performance!

I truly loved this book from the moment I read it. Jay Dyess made parts of it pop for me. Like when Deacon can't take his eyes off of Blair, even when he's on a date with Waverly - twice. Where he's teasing her over her burnt offerings. Walking across a log over the creek... It's a story of redemption. When Jay sings for Deacon to Blair, my heart was so full. And when Blair is telling Deacon she can't be with him, his performance is so beautiful when Deacon is telling her she's the only woman for him. I just sat there when the story ended - waiting for more. Thank you, Jay for teaming up with Jessie - Gussman / Dyess for another win!

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  • Norma
  • 18-08-2020

What was God thinking?

Some tough things happen to good people in this book...shouldn't they be entitled to live a 'charmed' life? But that isn't what happened and it isn't the end of the story. There is laughter, heart warming moments and romance but once again we have a story which goes beyond physical attraction and makes us think.
This is one of my favorite quotes: “Don’t you worry about it, sweetheart. You’re right. There were a lot of late nights, a lot of tears, a lot of time on my knees begging God for you. But you know...” Her mom tilted her head and smiled tremulously. “It was hard, true. But it brought me so much closer to the Lord. In a way I needed. It wasn’t fun, and it wasn’t easy, but don’t apologize for doing something that made me a better person.”

Jay has amazing talent as his narration doesn't get in the way of the story but brings it to life. I felt he brought me into the room to see as Deacon's long held dreams went up in smoke...and feel the anguish of knowing it was through no fault of his own.

I requested a review copy and am willingly posting my impressions of this title.

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  • Wren Woodland
  • 18-08-2020

Don’t miss Deacon and Blair’s story. All the feels!

Wow what a story- redemption, forgiveness (of self and others), mercy, love and feeling judged for past mistakes. Blair had made some big mistakes but she had also paid a big price for them. She had a hard time accepting Deacon’s love as she felt unworthy and she felt everyone else thought she was unworthy too. Jessie can pull all the feels and Jay puts such a beautiful voice to the beautiful words. He even has a good singing voice.

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  • Cilla
  • 13-08-2020

Not defined by the past

This is my favourite book of the series, possibly my favourite of all Jessie Gussman's books. Deacon had impressed me with his character in the earlier books, so I was looking forward to his story and it didn't disappoint. His unconditional love of not just Blair but his daughter, his family and congregation; his trust in God and desire to do the right thing even when it costs him his dreams. Add in Blair's journey from self hatred to understanding God's love and forgiveness means her past doesn't define who she is now, really made this a book I couldn't put down.

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  • Tamy fitzpatrick
  • 13-08-2020

More than just a story

I could really relate to the characters in this story. One of the most important life lessons I have learned in my 55 years on this Earth is that we all need God's grace. Whether a person has always fit the model of the "good" Christian or whether he/she has made horrendous mistakes, we all are in desperate need of love, grace and mercy. This story exemplifies that message in the context of an enjoyable and interesting story with realistic characters. Jay Dyess does an amazing job with the narration and he seems to get better with each book he does. He is delightful to listen to. Thank you Jessie and Jay. I look forward to each new book you put out.

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  • KKRG
  • 12-08-2020

Great book about love, forgiveness, and acceptance

Jessie does it again. This story is beautifully written. A true life example of overcoming ones past. It also wonderfully shows the love of Jesus and how we should love one another.

Jay absolutely nails it. How he can sing and harmonize a male and female voice is amazing.

Thank you both for making me feel like I was part of the story.

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  • Ballet in AK
  • 23-08-2020

Romantic story of giving/receiving second chances

Secret Baby in The Show Me State by Jessie Gussman

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Reading the book (4 stars): I struggled to connect to Deacon at all. He was almost too perfect. And yet his stalwart belief in God and God’s forgiveness helped Blair begin to believe that she could continue the changes she’d started and be forgiven.

Listening to the book (5 stars): So much easier to connect with Deacon. To hear the narrator put emotion into the struggles that Deacon has had over the years truly helped me to feel more sympathetic to his character.

Blair was someone I did connect with (both reading and listening). Her humility in the face of the judgements of her congregation was truly admirable. She had made some big mistakes and had paid the price. Now she is ready to strive to be better; to change. I will say, though that her humility is almost inhuman. The way some of the congregants treated her is... unfortunate. Her care of her mother is admirable and her pleasure in earning her mom's approval is touching and sweet. Deacon's firm faith helps her, but she contributes to the relationship, as well. Her awareness of when he is overworked and her care of him is truly wonderful.

There’s chemistry between these two and they are thoughtful of one another’s needs. It's a nice reminder that Christians get to feel passion and attraction and that it's meant to be that way!

Lots of themes are presented in the book: sin, repentance, abortion, illness, death, caring for our loved ones, allowing repentant congregants the chance to change, etc. There is more preaching in this book than in Ms. Gussman's other books and yet I feel that the book is very enjoyable. The preaching is a natural extension of the circumstances that the characters find themselves in.

Narration: 4.5 stars

Mr. Dyess really helped this book come to life for me. His deep voice, cowboy drawl and realistic expressions make listening to him an experience to look forward to. His women are voiced very well and sound authentic.

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  • Lydia Devlin
  • 22-08-2020

A beautiful sweet clean romance ❤

I absolutely loved this audiobook and I have no hesitation in recommending this.
Deacon Hudson,on the night he is to be ordained,is left stunned, when a baby,is left at the church. There is a note with the baby,declaring Deacon to be the father. But Deacon knows, he is not the father.
Giving up on his dream of becoming a pastor,he decides to raise the baby as his own.
Blair Dixon in desperation, makes a heartbreaking sacrifice. Doing the unthinkable to save her daughter.
After serving time,she is back to try and fix the mess she made of her life.And, to right a wrong.
But can she?
Immerse yourself in a beautifully written,expertly narrated story,and follow Deacon and Blair,as they slowly come to terms with their feelings for each other,as they fight to overcome the vicious small town gossip threatening to rip them apart before they are truly together.
As always Jay Dyess has done a brilliant job of bringing these characters and their story to life. I especially loved the very beginning of this story but, I don't want to give spoilers.

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  • Janalyn
  • 14-08-2020

OMG, this book is so so good!

I don’t think I can put into words the greatness that is A Baby In The Show Me State. Whenever I get a new Jessie Gussmen Book And Jake Diaz doing the narrating I drop everything and listen. It is usually a great book, but this book with Blair and Deacon is so freaking awesome. She comes back to town after hanging with the wrong crowd and eventually going to prison with her head down only wanting to make things right with her mother And to see about the baby she left a deacon psych the day it was to be ordained minister. Little does Blair know coming home although it feels like the worst thing turns out to be the best thing. In this book they have a scene with Blair, Deacon and all the children at the lake they had a picnic and the children were swimming in man the scene with Blair and Deacon next to the lake It’s worth the credit for this book. I could go on and on and tell you how great Jay dice is now reading it seems every book he gets better I just love them and if you love contemporary clean and sweet romance with a bunch of love for God You’re gonna love this book. I know I did it’s my absolute favorite.

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