It’s my pleasure to welcome back former regular contributor Janet Ferguson for a guest post. Janet’s writing first drew me in back in 2014 with her signature blend of sweet, funny, and poignant moments, and we’ve been critique partners ever since. (Thanks for all the help, Janet!) If you love mountains and romance like I do, you won’t want to miss her new novel, Holding On to Hope.
Without further ado, here’s Janet!
Hello Inspy Romance Readers! I’ve missed you! This past year has been busy in our family, and we even have a real-life wedding in the works, which is funny because I had no idea that would happen when I started writing a novel about a destination wedding. God knew though. 😊
About Holding On to Hope! There is something about a traveling that inspires me. I love just researching and planning a trip!
Our family planned to go to Wyoming in 2020 on a group tour, but it was cancelled. Then in 2021, I planned our getaway to the Grand Tetons myself. I knew I wanted to write a story set there, and I knew I wanted to write a story for Hope and Caleb who were secondary characters from my novel Healing Skye. I just didn’t realize the two would converge. But they did, and it was a lot of fun sending them off on an unexpected trip to plan a wedding for a friend.
The area is stunning! And not just the Grand Tetons. Each morning I sat outside on a bench facing the Gros Ventre Mountains, spending time in praise and prayer, while my family prepared for the day’s adventures. Little ground squirrels peered out from their burrow, a sweet breeze blew, and wildflowers dotted the ground. When I began writing the story and the characters trip, I had Caleb, the hero, do the same. It was a beautiful way to relive my trip. I dug through our photos and the itinerary I created to write each place they visited and each scene. It was kind of like going on the trip again!
This story is more rom-com and a bit lighter than Healing Skye. Sometimes lighter is needed. I hope you read Holding On to Hope and enjoy the journey!
A fun road trip romance to the Grand Tetons!
Always the wedding planner, never the bride.
Hope Rodriguez loves planning weddings. There’s nothing more special than helping a bride become a princess for a day, but she’s not sure that’s her calling in life anymore.
If only she had her own special someone. Her only current prospect leaves her with more questions than answers about where she falls in his list of priorities.
Yet, when a lifelong friend asks her to plan a destination wedding across the country in only two weeks, she’ll have to figure out how to pull off the impossible…alone.
After being burned as a child and deserted by his family, Caleb Donnelly has an intimate relationship with pain. Despite all he’s endured, one ache refuses to leave him—the throbbing in his heart where Hope is concerned.
So when Hope needs help with their friend’s wedding, he can’t stop himself from volunteering to travel two thousand miles to Jackson, Wyoming.
As long as he keeps his feelings in check, he might not ruin their friendship. Because a beautiful woman like Hope could never love a scarred man like him. There’s no way their longtime friendship could ever become more.
When Hope and Caleb’s plans go up in flames, it’s their hearts that might never recover.
Grab your copy of Holding On to Hope…a Southern Contemporary Christian Romance novel from the Coastal Hearts Series.