Since characters are the key for me as a novelist, I thought it might be fun to tell about some of those characters in what I’m calling the Character Blog Post Series. So here is my third entry in said series.
Stand-alone women’s fiction
January 2014 (the ebook is on a pre-order special for only $4.99, including from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, CBD, Kobo, and iTunes.)
Kings Meadow, Idaho, early 21st century
Boise and Kings Meadow, early 20th century
Physical Inspiration for Allison:
the lovely Amanda Peet
Allison Knight met and fell in love with Tony Kavanagh while in college. Their daughter was born within a year of their marriage. But Allison’s love was sorely tested over the following two-plus decades. The one thing that kept her going was the promise she believed God made to her, a promise to heal her husband and save her marriage.
Now, even that has been taken from her. She finds herself alone and moving into the quiet mountain cabin she inherited from her Great Aunt Emma. Somehow Allison must come to terms with her crushing grief and make a new life for herself.
When she finds a wedding dress and a collection of journals in Emma’s attic, a portrait of her aunt emerges that takes Allison completely by surprise: a portrait of a heartbroken woman a lot like herself. As Allison reads the incredible story of Emma’s life in the 1920s and 1930s, she is forced to ask a difficult question: Does she really surrender every piece of her life to the Lord? For a woman accustomed to being someone else’s savior, that will be even harder than it sounds.
As I have alluded to in other posts, A Promise Kept is a deeply personal story. While my characters are never me—I allow them to be individuals and allow their lives to unfold in their own way—there are always pieces of me in them. A great deal of Allison and her story was inspired by my own marriage and by the God who not only answers prayers but does so in completely unexpected ways. I wrote this novel, in part, as my thanksgiving for all that He has done in my life.
Some months before I realized this story was burning inside of me, ready to be told, Francine Rivers told me in an email that she wanted to read a novel by me inspired by the events in my marriage. I still thought it would be “someday” and didn’t expect it to be “someday soon.” After all, there were other books in the pipeline. But here, too, God had His way, opening the door so I could write it and giving me the ideas needed so I could begin.
When the book was finished, I sent it to Francine. After all, she’d said she wanted to read it. Here is what she wrote back:
“A beautiful, heart-touching story of God’s amazing grace, and how He can restore and make new that which was lost.”
~ Francine Rivers, New York Times’ best selling author
I am always nervous when I send a book out into the world, so you can imagine my gratitude for Francine’s endorsement of the book. I care very deeply about Allison, Tony, Emma, and the other characters who people this novel. I hope you’ll feel the same way when you read it. Even more, I hope the story will open your eyes to the many unexpected ways God is answering your prayers and keeping His promises.
PS On this Veterans Day in America, I want to thank those who have served our country, so that we might remain the home of the brave and the land of the free.