Honor, Book One of my “Quaker Brides” series-Excerpt

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I’m pleased to share Honor, Book One of my new “Quaker Brides” series. Here is Scene One. Remember to leave a comment. I’m giving away 2 copies this week!

Chapter One, Scene One
High Oaks Plantation
Tidewater Maryland
August 1819

Each time her grandfather struggled for another breath, Honor Penworthy’s own lungs constricted. She stood beside the second story window, trying to breathe normally, trying catch a breeze in the heat. Behind her, the gaunt man lay on his canopied bed, his heart failing him. How long must he suffer before God would let him go on?
Outside the window stretched their acres, and the tobacco fields where dark heads covered with kerchiefs or straw hats bent harvesting the green-speared leaves. High Oaks–to her the most beautiful plantation in Maryland. She felt a twinge of pain, of impending loss.
“The edict was impractical. And your…father was a dreamer. But at least, he had the sense to realize his irrational decision must be kept secret. Doesn’t that tell you not to carry it out?” Each word in this last phrase slapped her and each cost him.
Unable to ignore this challenge, she turned. In her grandfather’s youth, the Society of Friends had dicatated that all Friends should free their slaves. “My father remained Quaker,” she said the bare words in a neutral voice, trying not to stir the still smoldering coals.
“I remained a Christian,” he fired back. “My forebears chose the leave the Anglican church to become Quaker. I chose to change back.”
He’d made that choice because the Episcopal church didn’t press its members to emancipate their slaves. All of the other Quakers in their county had left except for a few older infirm widows, women who’d had the control of their land left to sons. As a single woman, however, Honor could inherit and dispose of property legally.
Honor returned to his bedside. At the sight of her grandfather’s ravaged face, her pity and love surged.
At her approach, her grandfather’s mouth pulled down and his nose wrinkled up–as if he were tasting bitter fruit.
Torn between her love for her father and her grandfather, she didn’t want to fight with him, not now. “My father loved thee,” she said to placate him.
“That is beside the…point. He should never has asked that promise of you. It was cowardly.” He panted from the exertion.
She gazed at him levelly. The memory of her father’s untimely death still had the power to sweep away her calm but one couldn’t change history. Her grandfather’s comment could lead them into harsh recriminations. And proved that he knew he’d done wrong and he’d chosen the wide way, not the narrow gate. She chose her words deftly. “I believe that my father was right.”
Her grandfather’s mouth tightened, twisted not only because of her recalcitrance but also from a sudden pain. He gasped wildly for breath.
If only it weren’t so hot. She slipped another white-cased down pillow under his chest and head, trying to ease his breathing. She blinked away tears, a woman’s weapon she disdained. “How will you…work the land without…our people?” he demanded in between gasps.
“Thee knows I cannot. And that once they are gone, there will be no way I can hold the land.” She said the words calmly but inside fear frothed up. Freeing their slaves would irrevocably alter her life.
He slapped the coverlet with his gnarled fist. “This land has been Penworthy land for four generations. Will you toss aside the land your great-great grandfather cleared by hand and fought the Cherokee for?”
She felt the pull of her heritage, a cinching around her heart. “I know. It weighs on me,” she admitted.
“Then why do it?”
He forced her to repeat her reasons. “I gave my father my promise and I agree with him.”
Her grandfather made a sound of disgust, a grating of rusted hinges. Then he glared up at her from under bushy, willful brows. “Things have changed since your father left us. Did you even notice that our bank failed this year?”
The lump over Honor’s heart increased in weight, making it hard to breathe around it. “I am neither blind nor deaf. I am aware of the nationwide bank panic.”
“Are you aware that we’ve lost our cash assets? We only have the land and the people to work the land. And debts.”
“Debts?” That she hadn’t known.
“Yes, debt is a part of owning a plantation. And I’m afraid last year’s poor crop put us in a bad situation even before the bank panic.”
Honor looked into her grandfather’s cloudy, almost blind eyes. “How bad?”
“If you free our people and sell the land, you will have nothing worthwhile left.”
A blow. She bent her head against one of the posts of the canopied bed. The lump in her chest grew heavier. “I didn’t think emancipation would come without cost.”
“I don’t think you have any idea of how much it will cost you.” Disdain vibrated in each word. “If you free our people and sell the plantation, who will you be if you aren’t the lady of High Oaks?”
She looked up at the gauzy canopy. “I’ll be Honor Penworthy, child of God.”
“You will be landless, husbandless and alone,” he railed. A pause while he gathered strength,  wheezing and coughing.
Honor helped him sip honey water.
“I don’t want you in that vulnerable position,” he said in a much gentler tone, his love for her coming through. “I won’t be there to protect you. You think that Martin boy will marry you, but he won’t. Not if you give up High Oaks.”
Alec Martin had courted her but no, she no longer thought they would marry. A sliver of different pain pierced her.
The floor outside the door creaked, distracting them. Honor turned to hear footsteps she recognized. “Darah?” she called.
“I want to see her,” Grandfather said, looking away.
Honor moved quickly and opened the door.
Darah paused at the head of the stairs. She was almost six years younger than Honor’s twenty-four years, very slight, pretty with soft brown hair and soft brown eyes.
“Cousin, come here. Our grandfather wishes thee.”
Darah reluctantly glanced into Honor’s eyes–at first like a frightened doe and then with something else Honor had never seen in her cousin before. Defiance?
Darah walked back and slipped past her into the room. “Grandfather?”
He studied his hands, now clutching the light blanket. “Honor, leave us. I wish to speak to Darah alone.”
Why? Worry stirred. She ignored it. “And I must see to a few of our people who are ailing.” Honor bowed her head and stepped outside, shutting the door. She went down the stairs to gather her medicine chest and later she must meet with the overseer. The plantation work could not be put aside because her grandfather’s heart was failing. She tried to take a deep breath but the weight over her heart would not budge.
She hated to see her grandfather suffer and she hated to disappoint him. But her course had been set since she was a child. She shuttered her mind against the opposition she would stir up.

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QUESTION: So did Honor’s situation catch your interest? Have you ever had to disappoint someone you loved?–Lyn

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Sarah and Angelina Grimke & Honor Cathwell–Sisters of the Heart

I bet you’re like most people and haven’t heard of Sarah and Angelina Grimke. That is unless you’ve read the latest Oprah Pick, The Invention of Wings  by Author Sue Monk Kidd. I discovered the Grimke sisters when I was researching my latest book, out today, Honor,  the first in my new “Quaker Brides” series.

Most of my readers are acquainted with my other Quaker series, “The Gabriel Sisters” series and my subsequent series, “Wilderness Brides,” also had Quaker characters. Do you remember Noah Whitmore and his cousin Rachel, the baker?

This month I will be hosting a dialogue with three other authors of other “Plain People,” such as the Amish. Hope you’ll drop by each Monday and learn more about them and their authors.

Sarah and Angelina Grimke lived at the same time as my fictitious heroine, Honor Penworthy Cathwell, and shared the same passion for freeing slaves. Sarah and Angelina weren’t born Quakers like Honor was but they became Quakers and worked for the causes of abolition and women’s rights. Here’s a video that tells much about their work.

I believe that if Honor had been real, she would have run into Sarah and Angelina at many meetings!

Tomorrow I will share more about my latest historical. And begin an extended excerpt. I will be giving away two copies of Honor this week. So be sure to leave a comment this week.

QUESTION: Do you enjoy reading books about Quakers, Amish or Shakers? Why or why not? And have you read any of my Quaker books?–Lyn

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British Mystery Author Veronica Heley & The Truth Can Hurt

Veronica Heley

My guest today is British Mystery author Veronica Heley. She shares about her experiences as a child in England during WWII. Here’s Veronica and THE TRUTH CAN HURT:

Only six years old

I was six when the war started. My three younger sisters and I were sent away and didn’t return home until the bombing stopped. Our mother divided her time between looking after us in the country, and looking after our father back home. He was not strong, but he worked in his office in the daytime and as a fire watcher at night. We hardly ever saw him.

Well, that is not an unusual story. (Lyn adds–”at the time”)

Peace time but not better

We adapted to peacetime, starting new schools, making new friends, but he remained a distant figure in our lives. Too busy, too stressed . . . not well. We children were often farmed out to stay with  friends. It never occurred to me to ask why. It was the era of ‘Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies’.

And, ‘Don’t make a noise. Don’t disturb your father.’

A holiday in London,

staying in a hotel – what a treat! Oh, Daddy was seeing a doctor? We waited in the hotel room for a phone call from the hospital, and when it  came, my mother burst into tears.

‘It’s good news,’ she told us.

I was thirteen. Her reaction didn’t make sense. ‘Then why are you crying?’

‘Because I’m so happy.’

The Truth Concealed

In fact, she’d been told they’d found an inoperable cancer, but she had decided that we were not to know. Was she right? Should she, perhaps, have risked telling the older children, and kept the younger ones in ignorance?

Back at home, I gradually came to realise that our father was dying, though it was never discussed.

No Tears Allowed

Eighteen months after the operation, he died. The day of the funeral we went off to school as usual. There was no weeping, except in private.

It takes a strong woman to keep secrets in a family. Did our mother keep silence for her sake, or for ours?

Murder in Time cover (new)

To purchase, click here. Murder in Time: An Ellie Quicke British murder mystery (An Ellie Quicke Mystery)

My Mystery Heroine Ellie Quicke

Ellie Quicke is another strong woman, and she can keep quiet when she thinks it best to do so. Sometimes she learns a secret or two, when she’s talking to friends and neighbours about their various problems. She has this dilemma in Murder in Time. Her young housekeeper Vera tells Ellie the secret of her son’s conception, but doesn’t want it publicly known. Now that’s a difficult one because Ellie has to decide if it is right to keep quiet about a rape, or risk it becoming public knowledge. Vera doesn’t want anyone to know about it – is she right to make that decision, or not?

Ellie finds her own way out of this dilemma by choosing to discover what really happened on the night of the rape, and by questioning those involved – who are  also anxious that the truth should not come out.

Sometimes it seems right that some people should be told the truth, and others left in happy ignorance . . . but perhaps that’s something to be decided from case to case.

The truth can hurt.”–Veronica

Veronica, you bring up some really good situations and questions about when to reveal the truth or not. It’s never an easy question. I know that when my dh and I were having some marital problems during our childrend’s younger years, I took pains not to let on. I think that was right at that time. If our marriage had ended that would have been enough time to discuss why and what would be happening. Thanks for sharing your story.

QUESTION: SHOULD WE ALWAYS TELL THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH? WHY OR WHY NOT?–Lyn

Online:

www.veronicaheley.com

http://blog.veronicaheley.com/

Murder in Time   (Publishers Weekly:  Heley’s prose is sure, her characters well-drawn, and though her tone is light, the plot is satisfyingly dark and sinister.)

 

 

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Author Donna Fasano Introduces Her Latest Sweet Romance

 

The Merry-Go-Round

by Donna Fasano

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: December 2, 2009

 

When Lauren divorces her husband, she has one thought on her mind…stepping off the merry-go-round. However, her life quickly turns into a three-ring circus: her hypochondriac father moves in, her ex is using her shower when she’s not home, and her perky assistant is pushing her out into the fearsome dating world. She also has to decide if the dilapidated barn and vintage merry-go-round she was awarded in the divorce settlement is a blessing or a bane. As if Lauren’s personal life isn’t chaotic enough, this slightly jaded attorney is overrun with a cast of quirky characters who can’t stay on the right side of the law. What’s a woman to do? She can allow life to spin her in circles forever. Or she can reach out and grab the brass ring.

 

 

What are you working on now? 

I’m currently writing two projects at once. I’ve never done this before, and I can’t decide if I love it or hate it. I’m writing a Christmas Novella entitled Almost Perfect Christmas, the story of man who enlists the help of a woman in giving his daughter a perfect Christmas. Unbeknownst to him, his little girl has every intention of playing an angelic matchmaker. The other project is the first book of a 3-book series called Following His Heart, the story of a man who is eerily drawn to a woman, and after they fall in love, they discover what brought them together, and it just might tear them apart. Yes, the description is vague, but that’s just the way it has to be for now. I’m chuckling as I type this. Both books are contemporary romance novels and are due out this fall.

What are you reading now or what do you have in your TBR pile? 

I just finished Learning to Swim by Sara Henry. I’m currently reading Love Me Tender by Mimi Barbour. On my TBR pile you’ll find A Reluctant Hero by Jackie Weger, Creatus by Carmen DeSousa, The Neighbor by Dean Koontz, Three Junes by Julia Glass, One Way or Another by Elaine Raco Chase…should I go on?

What flavor is your writing style?

I always tell people I write cotton candy for the mind. Think back to when you were a kid and you took a bite of that delectable confection. What did you do? You smiled. That’s what I’m going for in my romance novels.

Was writing always the first thing you wanted to do in life?

No, I wanted to be a teacher, but then I met and fell in love with my husband. We married and began raising a family. It wasn’t until my children started school that I started writing.

While you were writing, did you ever feel as if you were one of the characters? 

I believe there’s a lot of me in my protagonists. I write about women who are strong, yet vulnerable. My main characters and my secondary characters have flaws and make mistakes (don’t we all?), but then most of them do all they can to learn, grow and become better people.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

One piece of advice I often give to writers is to READ. Don’t just read in the genre in which you write. Read everything. And then figure out what you liked and what you didn’t…and then think about why. Reading and analyzing the writing of talented people can help you perfect your own skills.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers? 

I bow down to readers! I am so appreciative that they spend their hard-earned money on my books and then take the time to read my stories. I am so blessed to have a job I love, and I wouldn’t have this job if there weren’t readers who love romance novels.

What inspired you to write your first book? 

I came to writing through my love of reading. I spent many a Saturday as a kid in the local library. I loved books, but I never imagined I would ever write one. My husband gets the credit for my becoming a writer. When my children started school and I decided to find a part-time job, he looked around at the piles of romance novels in our home and said, “You’ve read a lot of those. Why don’t you try writing one?” So, you see. It’s all his fault.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? 

Not my latest book, but one of my titles—Where’s Stanley?—features an ending that I didn’t come up with. I handed in the completed manuscript, and my editor suggested a different ending. I wasn’t happy, but I did as she asked. Personally, I think the book suffered for it, but readers seem to enjoy it.

What books have most influenced your life most? 

Old Yeller, Sounder, The Bell Jar, To Kill a Mockingbird…how can people read these books and not be influenced? There are so many titles that inspired me and moved me, molded and shaped me, there isn’t time to name them all. The characters in these wonderful books help young readers to decide what kind of individual they want to be.

Do you ever experience writer’s block? 

There was a time when I’d have said no. I have a plant-your-butt-in-the-chair-and-the-words-will-come attitude. But I did suffer writer’s block while my dad was battling cancer. It’s difficult to write feel-good happily-ever-after when your beloved father is dying.

Do you write an outline before every book you write?

I do, yes. I equate an outline with a road made; how do you know where you’re going if you don’t have a map? I might write the first chapter or two on the fly, but I always take the time to plan out where I want the story to go. Now that’s not to say that the characters are going to stay on the straight and narrow. They decide to veer off the highway every now and then, and that’s when I have to do a quick reroute.

Have you ever disliked something you wrote? 

I’ve never published anything that I disliked. I have started projects that haven’t seen the light of day, either because I couldn’t figure out where to take the story, or I couldn’t make the protagonist sympathetic or likable. It’s a rare occurrence, and when it happens, I just set the story aside and hope I can someday come up with a solution.

 

 

USA Today Bestselling Author Donna Fasano has written over 30 romance and women’s fiction books that have sold 4 million copies worldwide. Look for Ehefrau auf Zeit (German Edition) due out September 16th, published by Amazon Crossing, and the first novel of the brand new 3-book Ocean City Boardwalk Series called Following His Heart, due to be released at the end of October.

 

 

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Mrs. Elizabeth Fry, A Quaker Who Changed Lives

Elizabeth Fry
My upcoming book, Honor, features a Quaker heroine of that name who is fired with a desire to benefit the lives of others. She was not alone in her time.

Quakers are not as unusual or distinctive now as they were in the 18th and 19th centuries. Then the Quakers were at the forefront of social reforms that most of us take for granted now. Elizabeth Fry made a difference in the lives of thousands. Here is a video that introduces her and her Quaker faith.

If you’d like to learn more about Elizabeth Fry and her faith, click here.

Elizabeth Fry’s memory was honored in 2005 by her being depicted on the British five pound note.
5 lb note

Here’s another source of information on the life of Elizabeth Fry.

What would you like to be remembered for? And what do you think others said about Mrs. Fry going to prisons instead of staying home and tending to her family?–Lyn

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Lyn Interviews Author Leann Harris

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Today it’s my pleasure to interview Author Leann Harris who has written for Love Inspired Romance and is now branching out with something new. Here’s Leann:

Tell us a little about your writing and your real life.

I taught until I had babies. When they started school and I was home alone, the desire to write sprang up in me. It was aided when my husband brought home a TI pc, which used DOS, and WordStar. God gave me stories and although I have a mild form of dyslexia, I knew I had to write.

That reminded me of my dh’s first purchase of a PC–yes, it was DOS and was made by ZENITH!  Can you imagine?

2-Was there a time in your life when you think God challenged you to become stronger? Please share.

I could start with having babies, for which I was totally unprepared. I remember crying on the way home from the hospital, because now I was supposed to know how to care for this child. It was natural, wasn’t it? I was totally clueless. I felt I did such a rotten job at being a mother, and I feared I’d ruin my daughter’s life. One day when I was praying God brought to mind the verse in Joel 2:25–And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten.
With those words, God reassured me my mistakes with my daughter were healed. She wouldn’t be scarred for life and I was freed of guilt. Both child and mother were whole.

3-What is special about your most recent book to you?

When this spy story occurred to me, God said the book wouldn’t sell immediately. There was a perfect time for it and it wasn’t when I wrote it. After my battle with cancer, God brought people into my life to put the book out as an ebook–the cover artist, and the formatter. I got the message now was the time. It was a healing exercise to read the story, do some rewrites and let my brain, after the radiation, form new pathways in my head. Heaven pushed and I walked through the door. “–Leann

Last Lie
To purchase, click here. The Last Lie: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

The Last Lie Blurb
When Catherine Lyons comes home from college she discovers her family has disappeared, vanished, leaving her alone. Fifteen years later when Catherine is on vacation in France, she sees her father getting on a bus, but he’s had a stroke. When she tries to talk to him, the nurse taking care of him won’t allow it. Cat shows up at the clinic the next day, but the people there claim to know nothing of the man. This time Cat isn’t going to give up. Cat learns the name of the nurse she talked to earlier and goes to her apartment and finds her dead.

Colin Montrose is with MI-6 and doesn’t know who this woman is who has stumbled into his operation, but he wants to know.  He follows Cat and asks if she murdered the woman. Before she can answer, they hear police sirens and flee. Together, Cat and Colin chase after Cat’s father, trying to discover the truth behind her life and her parent’s lives

Online:

www.leannharris.com

https://www.facebook.com/authorLeannHarris?ref=hl

So have you ever been asked to wait on something? Are you good at waiting?–Lyn

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Lyn Interviews Book Blogger Parchment Girl

I ran across book blogger Parchment Girl’s blog and thought it would be of interest to my readers. She hasn’t reviewed any of my books but I’m not going to take that personally!

If you’d like to see what Kate Scott, otherwise known as Parchment Girl looks like, here’s the link to my pinterest page.

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/250301691765166484/

Here’s Kate:

1-Who are your favorite authors?

There are so many, but here are just a few: Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling, Carolyn Weber, Lauren F. Winner, Jan Karon, and David McCullough.

I read all of those except for a few. Do not know Carolyn Weber, and Lauren F. Winner. Have to look them up!

2-What kind of book is the one you look for in bookstores and online?

I look for books that I think I’ll enjoy and learn from. It’s as simple as that.

3-What prompted you to start a book blogging site?

I love reading and analyzing what I read. Book blogging seemed like a natural extension of that.

4-Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a twenty-something writer from Boston currently living in the Richmond area. I’m a regular Book Riot contributor and love nothing more than a quiet evening with a good book or movie and a nice hot cup of tea.”–Kate

Well, I had to look up Book Riot and discovered this interesting article. An artist found discarded romance books and made lovely dresses from them. Here’s the link. You won’t believe it!–Lyn

Online:

http://parchmentgirl.com/

On Twitter @parchmentgirl37

https://www.facebook.com/theparchmentgirl

This is my last book blogger interview. I’ve found the interviews interesting–how about you?

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Author Tracy Higley & Her Adventures in Cairo (Egypt, not Illinois!)

Tracy L Higley

My guest today is author Tracy Higley who is a writer who loves exotic settings for her stories and the opportunities to research those! Here’s Tracy:

Traveling to research my novels has been terrific fun!

I’ve been to Greece, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Italy, and Egypt (some of them several times), in hot pursuit of adventure. Here’s my adventures in Cairo.

One of my favorite memories is of a long night in Cairo.

My husband and I took the
subway to visit an American family living outside the city. After a lovely evening we boarded the subway at about midnight and took it to the last stop, deep in Cairo. From there we tried to flag a bus to our hotel. (In Egypt the “buses” are just vans that fly by. You step out and wave to get them to stop, then ask if they’re going where you want to go.) Many buses later, we still hadn’t found the right one.

An Egyptian woman took pity on us

and explained in broken English that we needed to take a bus to another location to catch the one we wanted. She kindly traveled with us and flagged down the correct bus at the next stop.

My husband jumped into the van, already jammed with Egyptian men, and then another man hopped in behind him, leaving no seats for me. They started to slide the door closed and leave without me! The woman who had been helping us yelled and beat on the van door until they stopped and the last man gave me his seat. He wasn’t about to wait, however, and instead got into the van after me and stood hanging over me while we took off.

Several minutes later it occurred to me that I was

in a van packed with about fifteen Egyptian men, none of whom seemed to speak English, driving through the slums of Cairo, in the middle of the night, with no idea if I was actually on the right bus or not. I’ll admit, the thought “I’m going to die in Cairo” crossed my mind!

But awhile later we saw a street we recognized and did some of our own yelling. (“Hilton! Hilton!) The bus screeched to a stop on the highway, slid its doors open and tossed us out. We high-fived each other in the parking lot, somewhat astonished that we had made it!

Awakening by Tracy L Higley

To purchase, click here. Awakening

In my new book

That night was only one of my adventures in Egypt, but in my new book, Awakening, the main character, Kallie, has even better adventures than mine! Seven years ago she woke in a New York City museum – badly injured and with no memory of her past.

Now she’s fought to become an expert in Greek culture, but hallucinations and lost moments of time have her questioning her sanity. Against her therapist’s advice, Kallie agrees to join a wealthy philanthropist’s quest for a lost artifact, and as the two follow clues across the globe, from the hot sands of Egypt to the romantic floating city of Venice, their business partnership becomes much more. But the mission has turned deadly and Kallie’s journaling is revealing a story that might be better left untold.”–Tracy

Tracy is much more adventurous than I am and her book sounds amazing.

QUESTION: Have you ever had an experience on one or your trips?

 

Online:

www.TracyHigley.com
Facebook.com/tracyhigley
Twitter @TLHigley

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Lyn Reviews NYTimes Best-selling Author Francine Rivers’ Bridge to Haven

Bridge to HavenBridge to Haven by Francine Rivers

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Francine Rivers has done it again–KEPT ME AWAKE AT NIGHT! Bridge to Haven is riveting reading–just as riveting as Redeeming Love and Leota’s Garden my two favorite Francine Rivers’ novels thusfar.

It’s very easy to see why Francine has become a New York Times best-selling author. Her heroine Abra is orphaned and left under a bridge. Fortunately God leads Pastor Zeke to the spot where he quickly tucks Abra close to his heart where she stays the rest of her life.

But no life can be lived without pain and loss. Abra is no exception. Some parts of Bridge to Haven were hard for me to read, kind of like in my own childhood when I watched my brother do things, I knew were going to get him into all kinds of trouble.

I identified most with Joshua, Pastor Zeke’s son, who is forced to do the same with Abra.

But don’t worry, the ending won’t make you wish you hadn’t read the book. God’s children always have hope and redemption just waiting for them.

To purchase, click here. Bridge to Haven

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Lyn Interviews Author Donita K Paul

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My guest today is Author Donita K Paul. She has been my guest before and I’m glad to host her again. Here’s Donita.

1-Share one fun or interesting fact about your life or books.
I used to get in trouble as a child for lying. My parents had me headed the right direction through a lot of hard work on their part. Then I became a Christian, and the Holy Spirit polished up the will to be truthful. When I was in my 40s, I was waylaid by a particular nasty virus and couldn’t work a nine to five job. My mother said, “Why don’t you try writing? You’ve always wanted to.” Thus my mother, at long last, gave me permission to lie. Well, in truth, to create fiction. And God has blessed my endeavors with readers who actually enjoy my tale-spinning.

2-Why do you write?

It may be that I am a control freak. My characters are at my mercy for what happens in their lives and how they will respond. In the pages of a book, I can make it rain, steer the police to the criminal, fix fantastic gourmet food, and erase any phase of the plot that doesn’t turn out as I want it to. However, I think more likely, I write because as I’m exploring characters and plots, I learn more intimately what I believe about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. He is always teaching me.

3-In what ways does your heroine show strength? And where does she draw this strength?

Ida is perhaps the most grounded Christian character I have ever developed. She worships God, depends on Him, and seeks His will. She isn’t without fault. She’s rather proud and blind to her own disobedience. Her strength is in her acceptance of her situation and ultimately that leads her to the acceptance and repentance of the wild winds in her spirit.”–Donita
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Blurb: Ida has always gone her own way like a gentle breeze, drifting through social barriers as if they weren’t even there. Like the breeze, her comings and goings are hard to keep track of, and her family assumes Ida’s activities are the same as the other society debutantes of Pittsburgh. When she responds to the wilder wind of the Oklahoma prairie, she recognizes the untamed quality in her personality. She also comes to realize that even the wild wind has a Master. She submits to the hand of her Creator, her loving Heavenly Father, and allows Him to tame her willful nature.

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Sounds like you were really born to be a storyteller, Donita. I know with my own son I would listen to his account of what happened at Kindergarten and then I’d ask–is this true or a story? He’d grin at me and say–usually-a story. I’d say–great story! I think it did the job. Thanks for being my guest today!–Lyn

 

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