This Worthy Hearth is a sweet contemporary romance by Dixie Jo Jarchow, and is book six in the 'Ponder This' series. It is based on the theme "Whatever is Praiseworthy" taken from the Scripture in Philippians 4:8.
Celestina Morgan's dreams of happily-ever-after hit a major glitch when she suffers a small stroke. There's no permanent damage from the stroke, but her heart is broken when her boyfriend deserts her with a text message that says he hopes she gets well. He's terrified of illness and hospitals.
Cele's got a plan to win Jason back, and it's working until an adorable puppy shows up on her doorstep. Jason hates pets of any kind. It doesn't help that the handsome chaplain from the hospital keeps coming by to help out. He doesn't approve of Jason, and Cele struggles to ignore the truth.
Either way, to give Jason a chance to prove the chaplain wrong, the dog has to go! But the sweet little puppy has other ideas.