Author Elizabeth Goddard is here to talk about her grandmother, Mimi. And she is offereing a signed copy of latest book Sheltering Love. Here’s Elizabeth:
“The last time I wrote a post for this blog, I had recently lost my maternal grandmother and I wrote about how strong she was. Well, guess what? Here I am again, and I’ve just lost a grandmother. This time, my paternal grandmother went to be with Jesus just a few weeks shy of her ninety-first birthday. This time last year, we gave her a special ninetieth celebration for her birthday.
My grandmother was as sharp at ninety as she’d been her entire life. How many ninety-year-olds do you know who enjoy connecting with people on Facebook, let alone have a Facebook page?
She had an uncanny zest for life which she conveyed until her last breath. She made plans for her future, even at ninety. I struggle to plan ahead for next week and I’m only in my forties.
Raising her four children and living her entire life in one little East Texas town, I can easily hear Mimi (as I called her) saying there’s no place like home.
Without realizing what I’d done, I created a sort of Wizard of Oz theme for my story, Sheltering Love. At least that’s what one editor told me. Alexa Westover went through some trauma in her childhood and she can’t wait to get as far away as she can from the place where she grew up. But her job sends her back to create a documentary and she has to face her past. She realizes that in leaving her home, she lost herself and who she really was. In coming back, she finds herself and she lets go of her Jimmy Choo’s—the shoes that kept her anchored to her new life because. . .there’s no place like home.”–Elizabeth
Here’s the blurb for Sheltering Love:
A scientist reveals his discoveries. . .unless his survival depends on hiding them.
Graeme has existed in a state of dread for far too long. Conducting research high in the crowns of ancient redwoods, he’s almost convinced that he’s not hiding like a coward from the demons of his past. That is, until the stunning Alexa discovers him and tips his world in the tree tops over. Then he’s torn between showing the world what he’s found. . . and disappearing altogether.
This is Alexa’s last chance to prove she’s capable of producing an award-winning documentary. But she never expected she’d have to return to the place she fled years ago. A place that still holds nightmares for her. When Graeme stands in the way of completing the documentary, Alexa wants to know why.
When their greatest fears collide in the heart of the wilderness, Alexa and Graeme both must learn to trust in the sovereignty of God’s plan, not only for the moment, but for the rest of their lives. Can they each bury the past long enough to nurture love?
To find Elizabeth Goddard on the web:
@bethgoddard on twitter
Well, Elizabeth, I don’t know if I should take offense at the idea that guesting on my blog might prove fatal to a loved one. I’m sure your grandmother is happy to in the Lord’s arms.
Now to be entered into a drawing for a copy of Sheltering Love, please leave a comment about this:
Shoes–do you love to shop for shoes? What Love Inspired author is known for her shoe collection? :-)–Lyn