Today in America is the National Day of Forgiveness. In a country where we’ve set aside days to celebrate trivial things like corned beef, scarves, and crushing cans (all also today!), I can actually get behind taking time to focus on forgiving others.
Books, too, can serve as reminders for important themes that need attention in our own lives. Have you read a book that poked at your consciousness? Caused you to reflect? Or even moved you to take action?
The themes at the center of each book I’ve written were inspired, at least in part, by issues with which I’ve had personal experience. Weaved into these sweet, small-town contemporary romances are characters in need of all kinds of healing—just like each of us.
Considering today’s “holiday,” I’ll use the third novel in my Laurel Cove Romance Series as an example. In Someone Found, Quinn is a hiker who finds herself injured near the quaint mountain town of Laurel Cove—far from the stifling life and painful disappointments back in Maine. Eli, a handsome and kind camp director, offers her one of his cabins while she recovers. When he helps to spark a glimmer of hope in a life darkened by resentment, Quinn soon realizes the only way to move forward is to forgive those who’d wronged her.
I didn’t know it when I began writing Someone Found, but eventually I found myself painfully aware of a grudge I’d been holding on to in my own life. Over a decade in the making, God used Quinn’s story to highlight my need to forgive.
Without getting too personal, I’d love to hear about books you’ve read that shed light on a God-inspired promptings. Are there Contemporary Christian Romance authors whose books often speak to you in this way?
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