I was unable to find More Than A Tiara as a stand alone, and actually read this novella in the Home for Christmas book set by seven Christian authors (visit: http://valeriecomer.com/books/home-for-christmas/). Ms. Comer’s story is unique. The main character, Marissa isn’t your typical farmer; she was once a prominent fashion model traveling the world. However, Marissa has seen the ravages of poverty while traveling, and after a break up with boyfriend, Jase, in Africa, returns home to try to make a difference locally for families who struggle to feed their children. She not only gets dirt under her nails, but she and her mother also provide food to the hungry, and teach single parents how to prepare and plant a garden, nurture and care for it, and how to harvest and store food for the winter.
A chance to be in the Helena, Montana Miss Snowflake pageant reminds Marissa of what she could be doing to help feed the world. But Jase is the pageant’s photographer reminding Marissa of the hurtful things that he spoke to her in the past. His presence makes her uncomfortable especially when he seems determined to catch her attention. Can she forgive the hurtful things spoken in the past? Is it possible that Jase has matured and understands her desire to help the needy, especially the children? Could they possibly share that dream together? Yes, this story is predictable, but Marissa’s character is so outstanding – you’ll want to cheer her on as she contends for the Snowflake Tiara.
More Than a Tiara by Valerie Comer ~ 2014 (Helena, MT): Marisa Hiller’s interest in competing in Miss Snowflake Pageant for the city of Helena’s 150th anniversary is at zip zero zilch when she discovers the official photographer is Jase Mackie. Can Jase make amends for past mistakes and offer her, not only a tiara, but a partner in her crusade to help needy children and families?