Cecelia Dowdy’s Novels


 Raspberry Kisses – The Bakery Romance Series Book One – FREE Christian Romance Novel!


Facing eviction, Rhea Morrison, a young grieving widow, must save her failing bakery. Her recently-injured twin sister, Raven, loans her money – stipulating Rhea attend a singles retreat to spy on Martin Lane, Raven’s new love interest. Disgruntled, Rhea attends the retreat and is attracted to Martin. She discovers that Martin can help save her bakery.

 Pastor Martin laments over his secret, traumatic past mistakes. He’s destined to lead his father’s church, despite blatant rejection. He can’t love Rhea – he’s yet to forgive himself for his past, and if Rhea knew how he used to be, she would have no interest in pursuing a relationship with him. In spite of their shared attraction, he helps Rhea form a plan to save her business. Martin, a former successful bakery owner, can expertly create delicious pastry recipes.

 Rhea feels torn about her attraction to Martin – he’s a pastor, and after her husband’s death, she vowed to never get involved with another pastor. Plus, her twin sister, Raven, has strong feelings for Martin. Can Rhea let herself have romantic feelings for Martin – knowing it would hurt her sister?


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Shades of Chocolate – The Bakery Romance Series Book Two

Toni enjoys making chocolate treats in her bakery. Haunted by her abusive past, she struggles with her faith in God. Her world changes when a handsome stranger arrives, reminiscing about his childhood. Jason Matthews misses his days of working in his family’s pastry shop. Estranged from his father, he longs to rediscover the joy and comfort from baking. When Toni’s life is threatened, Jason realizes how deeply he cares for her. Can Toni and Jason overcome their pasts and learn to trust one another?



Chesapeak Weddings

Chesapeake Weddings

ISBN: 978-1602608023

Re-release of John’s Quest, Milk Money and Bittersweet Memories in one volume! Order your copy now!

Relax along Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay as you read about three strong African American women who suddenly face upheaval in life. Monica is caring for her abandoned nephew and trying to pick the proper tutor for him. Emily is struggling to save the family farm when a CPA turns up to do an audit. Karen has been deceived by her fiancé, and now she’s expected to trust a neighbor who knows too much of her business. Can God rebuild their tattered lives with new loves? Life sends three African American women into a tailspin. Monica’s blind nephew has been abandoned with her. Emily works to save her dairy farm after her father dies. Karen’s fiancé turned into an embezzler. Can these women let God rebuild their tattered hopes when new romances unexpectedly enter their lives?

Bittersweet Memories – A Barbour Heartsong Presents Title!
Publication Date: April 2009

ISBN: 978-1-60260-354-7

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Karen Brown is angry at God, and at herself, for falling in love with Lionel Adams, her ex-fiancé. When her beloved suddenly disappears, along with thousands of dollars stolen from their mega-church, she re-locates back to her hometown in Annapolis Maryland to live with her mother. She’s stunned to discover handsome plumber Keith Baxter living next door. Keith is smitten with Karen, but wonders if she’s still in love with Lionel. He wants Karen to accept him into her life, but he doesn’t know if he’d be a good match for her due to his troubled past. Can Karen forgive Lionel, and let the Lord back into her heart?

Milk Money

Milk Money – A Barbour Heartsong Presents Title!
ISBN: 978-1-60260-255-7

Heartsong Presents Title #826

Publication Date: January 2009

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Running a dairy farm is a big job, but doing it alone is almost impossible.

When her dad dies, Emily must work hard to save the family farm, but she manages. Until the day the CPA pulls in her drive and announces he’s there to do an audit on the place.

Franklin Reese is appalled at the lack of interest the Cooper women have in the financial end of their livelihood, but he dives in, determined to help them learn. The further he looks into Mr. Cooper’s dealings, however, the more uncomfortable he becomes.

Can he uncover the truth of the situation and still earn the love of the amazing Emily Cooper? Will Franklin’s addiction to alcohol keep them apart, even after the farm is taken care of? Only God can heal hurting hearts and repair broken lives. Will these two let Him in?

John's Quest

John’s Quest – A Heartsong Presents title from Barbour Publishing!
ISBN: 978-1-60260-006-5

Heartsong Presents Title #794

Publication Date: March 2008

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John French, a science professor, is an agnostic–he’s unsure if God exists. When he’s hired to tutor a blind seven-year-old child, Scotty, he finds himself falling for the child’s beautiful aunt/guardian, Monica Crawford. Monica’s life changes drastically when her irresponsible younger sister abandons her handicapped son on her doorstep. As John helps Monica to educate her nephew, he falls in love with her. However, problems arise when Monica, a devout Christian, finds herself drawn to Scotty’s handsome and intelligent tutor. Monica finds herself in a bind because she knows it’s a sin to be unequally yoked with a non-believer. How in the world can these two lovebirds overcome the huge problems that stand in the way of their relationship?

First Mates

First Mates

First Mates

First Mates is now available on the Kindle and the Nook for only $3.99! It is also available as a paperback and hardcover here.

February 2005

Steeple Hill Love Inspired

Released February 2005

ISBN: 978-0373872985

Tossed on troubled waters…

A cruise around the Caribbean offered just what Rainy Jackson needed to get over her faithless ex-fiancé–sun, swimming and solitude. As the heat sank into her bones, she began to feel interest in the world again…and in handsome fellow passenger Winston Michaels.

Winston had also hoped for time alone to reflect. But finding a friend in faith in the lovely Rainy Jackson helped him to deal with his twin sister’s death without relying on unhealthy means such as alcohol to deaden the pain. And Winston’s outlook brightened further when dates back home in Miami brought him and Rainy even closer. Would Rainy be the one to share Winston’s life voyage?

I hope you will enjoy this story about love and faith!

Promises to Keep

Cross America Books (An imprint of Crossings Doubleday Book Club)

Publication Date: January 2002

ISBN: 978-0739422366

Someone For Toni (book 2 in the Promises To Keep collection) – Someone For Toni was updated and re-released as Shades of Chocolate in February 2016