PERSUASIVE PROOF Continuing the Haven Acres Story

All Rights Reserved ©


What chance would a marriage have of surviving when one partner abandons the other in order to indulge in a life of promiscuity? Brad and Stella Crosley lived Persuasive Proof The first title in the Haven Acres Story trilogy ended with the re-marriage of Brad and Stella Crosley after Brad's Persistent Pursuit succeeded in bringing back his prodigal wife. Both of them had experienced total transformations that made them realize they should start their lives together over again. Would they succeed? Or would the sordid past come back to haunt them? Would the vicious rumors threaten their trust in each other. Would Stella's renewal as faithful wife and devoted mother convince the community sufficiently to provide Persuasive Proof?

Drama / Romance
David Barkey
Age Rating:

The Haven Acres Story

Welcome to Haven Acres. I’m Brad Crosley. My wife Stella and I are blessed to be the proud owners of this paradise hidden in the woods of North Central Iowa. If you would have told us a year ago we were to live in this beautiful acreage, we would have laughed. A year ago we were living in Davenport where I was teaching English literature at Central High School and Stella was very pregnant with our first child. Gerald arrived in April, 1974.

I’d better explain something about Gerald. When I met Stella, she was already expecting his arrival. When she informed me of her condition, I promised her I would marry her and gladly raise the child as my own. We welcomed his birth together. However, after a few weeks, Stella left me a note stating she could not handle being a wife and mother. Of course, I was devastated. What was I to do with an infant?

I determined to find Stella to persuade her to come back. I had no idea where she went or what she was doing. My attorney father loaned me one of his detectives to try to track her down. Meanwhile, I sought an administrative position to increase my income to be able to pay for childcare. The little town of Brunsville, Iowa offered me the opportunity to be the principal of their elementary school. Gerald and I moved here just before school started last fall (1974). We still had no idea what happened to Stella.

Jake Foster, the detective, found her in Bay City, Missouri, working as an escort. I attempted to make contact with her, but she left town before I could get there. A series of adventures occurred including Jake being beat up by thugs who also kidnapped Gerald along with a kindergarten teacher. Stella left a trail leading to Louisiana where she was incarcerated.

In the midst of all of these adventures, I experienced a revolutionary encounter with Jesus Christ. It was a case of God pursuing me while I was pursuing Stella. I’ve always been a good guy. I never thought of myself as sinful or needing to be saved. But thanks to God’s relentless search for me, I came to realize Jesus actually gave His life for me. I really am a sinner, doomed without a Savior. When I discovered that and began to experience the joys of walking with Jesus, I had even greater desire to win Stella back. I was able to go to Louisiana, bail Stella out of jail and bring her back to Brunsville.

I talked with her about my new Master Jesus. She resisted but by the time we drove back, she was ready to go to church with me where she heard Pastor Chambers talk about the Prodigal Son. She, too, surrendered her life, confessing her sins and joined me in our relationship with Jesus. Such was the transformation of both of us, Stella suggested we get married all over again. What a celebration that was for the whole town.

Oh yes. About Haven Acres. Through a wonderful provision of the Lord, we were able to make the down payment on this hobby farm with a beautiful house, barn and four acres of trees and green hills and a pond. Please join Stella and me as we learn how God wants us to use this place for His glory.

Frontice Piece

“If any one builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work.”

I Corinthians 3:12, 13

Continue Reading Next Chapter
Further Recommendations

Jess: I love it so much . 😍😍😍 Pls keep write more books in the future .

Melodie Martin: Love this book MC books are my favorite. This book is an exciting read.

Yash: After read this story, I suggest you to split stories in minimum 6-7 chapters to make the story more interesting. Overall, best narrating of situations & emotions of the characters.I hooe this will help you to make next stories.

tonyavankuren: This was really good. I can’t wait to read more of your books.

amg60: Love the story line. Can’t wait to see what happens when he finds out about her fox!I would recommend this to my DaughtersI gave it this rating because it deserves it

aurorakabashi: the book was intresting to read i really liked where the author puted blake as an independet woman i enjoyed reading this i know its short but it was amazing there were a lot of feelings but there were nice i am glad i read this it was just amazing hope anyone else enjoyes it as much as me the gr...

Valini: Loved the tension between them, how their story played out and the overall thrill

Samantha: I love everything about the book the love tensions, the fights, the drama!! It's awesome! You have a talent!!!

More Recommendations

Deleted User: Enjoyed the story. Not really my sort of thing, but definitely really well written. Liked everything about school/ college.

Rita Mcintyre: I am amazed at how you explained the dragon’s life, skills and appearance! Well done again 🙃

Jd Nox: I really love this couple. Thanks author for making this story as realistic as possible. I love how the guy is the one making the most effort. I would highly recommend this story to my friends. 👍🏻

Rita Mcintyre: I am enjoying how you go from one book to the next following the story line and introducing new characters. In this way there is no confusion of the characters. I have read other books where I felt like I needed a chart to keep track! Great writing!

tyraclardy72: I love this story can’t wait to read the next book

jordananeylon: This story is a wonderful story. I can’t wait to read more

About Us

Inkitt is the world’s first reader-powered publisher, providing a platform to discover hidden talents and turn them into globally successful authors. Write captivating stories, read enchanting novels, and we’ll publish the books our readers love most on our sister app, GALATEA and other formats.