When I realized my post would be up the day before Mothers Day, I knew it had to feature single moms. I also knew I couldn’t write the post as, to date, I don’t have any books out with a single mom heroine.
I asked my good friend Cheryl Wyatt if she’d like to be a guest, and she said “yes!” so here we are. Take it away, Cheryl!
Guest Post by Cheryl Wyatt
I love honoring single parents in stories. I’m so thankful my publisher is open to single parent characters. There are a lot of them in the world and unless one has walked that path, it can be difficult to comprehend the struggles that single parents face.
In my book, Ready-Made Family, the single parent heroine is passing through Refuge—a town that claims to live up to its name—on her way to a job in another state. She has a medical episode in a parking lot and her little daughter has to run for help. This is where the hero comes in. In this story, the heroine had no one to depend on in the new town, and she had a hard time receiving help or trusting that Christians help without agenda. However, she comes to know the Lord because of the kindness of the hero and the townspeople who reach out to her.
Do you know a single parent in your life? Every person has talents, skills and gifts. For instance, are you a mechanic? Perhaps you could organize an oil change day for single moms at your church. Are you a fantastic cook? Perhaps you could take a single mom under your wings and teach her how to make healthy meals for her child/children.
Or offer to watch the children for a couple of hours so she can have time to nap, run errands or other things difficult to do because she can’t do many of those things without leaving her child unattended. Two-parent families take a lot for granted. Pray and ask God how you can be a blessing to a single parent in your community.
If you haven’t read Ready-Made Family, I hope you will give it a try and let me know what you think.
I love connecting with readers! We have a lot of fun and fellowship on my Facebook author page. I hope you will join us.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cheryl Wyatt writes romance with virtue. She’s earned RT Top Picks, spots #1 and #4 on her debut publisher’s Top 10 Most-Blogged-About-Books list, Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence final and other awards. Cheryl loves readers! Join her newsletter at CherylWyatt.com for goodies exclusive to subscribers.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Amelia North needs refuge, and finds it–in Refuge, Illinois. Stranded there after a car wreck, the single mother expects to be cold-shouldered. After all, she’s already been rejected by her parents, her church and her daughter’s father. Instead, she finds a town full of people with open hands and open hearts…including pararescue jumper Ben Dillinger. Ben wants to help Amelia and her daughter find safety and stability. Instead, he finds “himself” free-falling–right into love with the ready-made family.
Valerie again: Thank you, Cheryl! I loved reading this story when it first released. Little Reece is a precocious youngster who stole my heart as quickly as she stole Ben Dillinger’s. Friends, Cheryl has several other romance novels featuring single parents. Check them out at her website!
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