The Power of Story
I read a variety of genres, including inspirational women’s fiction, and specifically, stories that I’d call relational drama with a solid thread of clean romance, like Deb Macomber, Charles Martin, Susan Meissner, or Deborah Raney. I enjoy an intelligent story with complex, realistic characters I'd like to know, and poignant drama with a good amount of tension. I appreciate the beauty of superb writing, realistic dialogue, subtle wisdom, and a dash of wit. And I love a strong but chaste romance.
And this is what I aim to write.
If you want to fall in love, be inspired, feel joy, shed a tear, then it’s my hope that you will find it all in my books. I also hope you'll find something that uplifts your spirit and encourages your faith.
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The Memoir of Johnny Devine
Love can’t rewrite the pages of one’s past, but it can cover a multitude of sins one page at a time.
In 1953, desperation forces young war widow Eliza Saunderson to take a job writing the memoir of ex-Hollywood heartthrob Johnny Devine. Rumor has it Johnny can seduce anything in a skirt quicker than he can hail a cab. But now the notorious womanizer claims he’s been born again. Eliza soon finds herself falling for the humble, grace-filled man John has become—a man who shows no sign of returning her feelings. No sign, that is, until she discovers something John never meant for her to see.
When Eliza’s articles on minority oppression land her on McCarthy’s Communist hit list, John and Eliza become entangled in an investigation that threatens both his book and her future. To clear her name, Eliza must solve a family mystery. Plus, she needs to convince John that real love—not the Hollywood illusion—can forgive a sordid past. Just when the hope of love becomes reality, a troubling discovery confirms Eliza’s worst fears. Like the happy façade many Americans cling to, had it all been empty lies? Is there a love she can truly believe in?
The Memoir of Johnny Devine is a romantic story within a story of a bad boy reformed and a good girl in need of reform. It’s a powerful tale of love, redemption, intrigue, and the miracle of God’s deliberate grace.
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5 Gold Stars & Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee
I am honored to announce that RT Book Reviews has rated The Memoir of Johnny Devine as a FIVE GOLD Star Top Pick, their rarest and highest rating! It's also a 2015 Reviewer's Choice Award Nominee.
“Sharp, on-point writing immediate engages and makes it difficult to tear one’s attention away from this emotionally riveting novel. The romantic tension sizzles nearly from the beginning, and readers will often find themselves breathless from the sheer delight of it. Snippets from the compelling but fictional memoir peppered throughout the novel not only give vivid life to the protagonist, but also make it easy to forget that one is indeed reading fiction. The message of redemption is conveyed with such poignant elegance that it will linger long after turning the last page.” —RT Book Reviews, 5-Star Gold, Top Pick
I am honored, of course! But I am more thrilled for the sake of this story. I hope you'll see for yourself why RT gave this story such a glowing rating.
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