Heart Unbroken is one of few books that put tears in my eyes. This is a story I wanted to write for a long time but was afraid to. Then Juliette Duncan invited me to join The Potter’s House Books series (at the moment of this writing, The Homecoming by Juliette Duncan, Book 1 in this series, is #1 Best Seller in Inspirational Religious Fiction). I was honored to become part of this amazing multi-author project with faith-filled books about hope, love, redemption, and second chances. And I realized that Heart Unbroken embodied all that. It gave me courage.
Why was I afraid to write it?
You see, I never shy from real life in my books. However, most of my Christian romances are sweet and heartwarming and the heroines, while far from perfect, are kind and caring. Heart Unbroken is sweet and heartwarming, as well, but it’s very emotional and deals with a difficult issue, drug addiction. The heroine, Emma, is flawed, heartbroken, and desperately tries to change her life and regain trust of her son after accepting Christ. She’s kind and caring, yes, but she’d made many mistakes during her former addiction, including walking away from her husband and her little boy. I wasn’t sure readers would be able to forgive her. She certainly can’t forgive herself. It actually surprised me that several readers asked me for Emma’s story (she appeared in one of my previous books as a secondary character).
I love Christian romances, both books that make me laugh and books that deal with the issues that make me want to cry. There are several Christian romances where the heroine deals with drug addiction (Wisdom to Know by Elizabeth Maddrey, for example), but frankly I found very few of them. That made me worry if I’m pushing the envelope too far. But then, I hear often about people whose neighbor’s son or friend’s daughter succumbed to addiction. Those parents suffer, and suffer a lot. I decided this story needed to be told, with hope, encouragement, and yes, a happy ending.
God’s mercy is limitless. He loves us, no matter how many mistakes we make.
So in my heart, I felt this book had to be written. It was difficult and was nearly tearing me apart sometimes as Emma’s pain squeezed my heart. In the end, she was ready to pay the ultimate price for her son’s life. She learned to love and live again. I hope so much that this book will touch readers’ hearts.
Can a widowed sheriff and a former drug addict believe God has the power to mend all broken hearts, even crushed ones like theirs?
Heart Unbroken is available for pre-order for 99 cents (limited time) and is scheduled to release on April 24th.
How much real life do you like in your Christian romances? Are you okay with flawed characters who strive to become better?
I’m happy to offer a giveaway. One randomly chosen commenter to this post will receive an ARC of Heart Unbroken via BookFunnel. The giveaway is open until 9 p.m. on April 12th.