I hadn’t planned on writing this book.
The opportunity came and I took it. (Thank you, Barbour).
I hadn’t planned on the way Oliver would swoop into the story and completely win my heart. Or the way Sadie’s strength would find its way throughout the pages and wind itself into Clara. I hadn’t expected Max. At all. Or the way fairytales and fiction and hope and strength kept sprinkling their ways into every scene.
I hadn’t planned on any of them, but I’m SO glad they found me and my “pen”.
This story stretched me, made me laugh, sigh,…and ugly cry. I’d never written a dual timeline before, so that was new for me. I really wanted to make the stories as seamlessly fit as I could so that the reader easily transitioned from the historical to the contemporary. AND saw how one life braided into another.
But more than anything, I wanted this book to overflow with hope.
We live in a world where difficult things happen. We are wounded, betrayed, scared, scarred, forgotten, ashamed, and multitudes of other ways that brokenness invades our lives. Many times there may be “reasons” to lose hope, but if nothing else comes from the pages of this book, it’s my prayer that it leaves the readers with hope.
Hope that “there’s still some good in this world, and it’s worth fighting for” as Samwise Gamgee says in The Two Towers.
Not only that, but it’s worth LIVING for: Living and dreaming and laughing and moving forward.
I hope YOU will enjoy Hope Between the Pages. I’m so thankful Barbour let me bring this book to life.
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