|photo courtesy of Mary Curry/Cate Nolan|
LINK TO AMAZON FOR REFUGE OF THE HEART
It is a beautiful story.
It is a stellar love story.
It is an emotionally gripping vision of life through someone else's eyes.
It is heart-wrenching at times, and soul-binding at others.
It is a poignant story of second chances, new beginnings, Joan-of-Arc type courage and Cinderella, rolled into one.
It is one of those books not easily forgotten and readily remembered.
And I am so blessed beyond belief to have my name on the cover, when in truth, the story came from sweet, spirit-driven combinations that just simply worked.
So today, we're going to celebrate this release, this story. Today we're going to celebrate freedom and America. Today we're going to thank God for the amazing wonder that surrounds us when so many have so little.
Today we're going to clasp hands, sing Kumbaya, eat delicious treats, and talk writing and heritage and inspiration and God's grace.
And today we're going to talk about immigrants and migrants, about the downtrodden, about how your family arrived in America. Were they people of means, or like Lena, did they struggle to make a go of it?
Some of my family came over on the ship following the Mayflower... And my Irish side came over during the potato famine, half-starved and broke.
So while we celebrate the release of this beautiful book, let's celebrate those who were brave enough, daring enough and courageous enough to make that voyage... and claim America as their own!
"She selects wool and flax, and works with eager hands." Proverbs 31:13
In honor of our "Release Party" I'm doing two drawings.... One for a lovely crocheted scarf, hand made by Kara Delaney here in upstate, and absolutely gorgeous...
My beautiful friend Christina is our model today!
And one for either an e-copy or a paperback copy of "Refuge of the Heart".
I think you'll love this book.
I'm sure you'll at least mostly like it a lot.
And I'm one hundred percent certain you'll never forget it.
God has blessed us with so much... Blessed be the name of the Lord!
Stop inside, leave a comment, and feel free to tell us about your roots... I'd love to hear about them because when I look back... when I envision what my "Soule" relatives went through to come to this country in the early 1600's.... when I imagine what my Logan relatives must have endured in Ireland, as potatoes and crops rotted around them... and then here, as unwanted Irish immigrants and "scummy Catholics"... I realize my blessings were carved into the dirt beneath my feet by people of fortitude and vision.
People who went the distance.
And I'm so crazy grateful they did!
Coffee's on, I've got the party lights flashing, and there's enough food on the tables to feed three Irish wakes!
Jump in and join the party! And, FYI!!! The lovely crew of ladies at "Overcoming With God" blog, are featuring "Refuge of the Heart" today, too, and we're doing a drawing over there as well! So spread the word, we'll gladly give you chances to win-- and talk!-- in both venues!
Link to Overcoming With God Here... and then come back and play history/heritage/heart with us!