Writing--Using Our Own Life's Journey
by Martha RogerMy new release, Spring Hope, was one of the most difficult to write for me. I had no problem with the plot and story line, but the hero’s journey mirrored one of my own at a very hard time in my own life. All of my books are about forgiveness and reconciliation, the day finally came when I had to write about forgiveness of a sin that goes against everything I believed and advocated.
Sexual sins are some of the most heinous of crimes, and as a Christian, I believed it would never touch me as I would never have anything to do with such acts. However, when those sins came from a family member, everything changed.
As a teenager, my brother began a life of drugs and sex that took him into a dark world about which I knew nothing. Instead of trying to understand and lead my brother away from that life, I turned my back on him and shut him out of my life completely. Despite pleas from my parents, I considered my brother dead.
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Libby Cantrell’s life has gone from bad to worse since her mother’s death. After working in a brothel to support her abusive father, she sees no hope for her future until one cold winter night when she finds the courage to escape.
When she collapses in Portersfield, Texas, exhausted, ill, and hungry, Sheriff Cory Muldoon finds her and takes her to the doctor. Against Cory’s better judgment, Seth and Erin Winston take her in and offer her a job as a nanny for their young son. As a minister, Seth sees it as his duty to take care of her. As a deputy, Cory needs to know the truth about her even as he is attracted to the waif of a young woman.
As Cory’s feelings for her grow and winter becomes spring, will he be able to accept her as she is now and truly forget and forgive her sordid past?