Laura Hodges Poole and I are in the same critique group and I am a huge fan of her work. I’m so glad she took me up on my invitation to visit Inspy Romance because little did I know I’d have a personal situation to deal with and my writing life is on pause for a little bit. I appreciate your prayers as I navigate. You’re not only going to enjoy getting to know Laura, I believe you’re going to love her writing, too.
Leave a comment about your thoughts—-is it possible to love without trust—and I’ll pick one winner to receive a Kindle copy of Hope’s Gentle Touch.
Have you ever had a nightmare where someone chased you—maybe even tried to kill you? For my main character, Misty Stephens, in Hope’s Gentle Touch, the nightmare wasn’t a dream—it really happened. Fortunately, Misty survived. I wish I could say her life was a breeze after that … but the adventure had just begun.
Misty had to learn that she had strength—and not merely strength to persevere—but strength to love again. For an abuse victim, love is often a conundrum. Love is the lifeblood of all mankind, but it also has the power to hurt. At least that had always been Misty’s experience.
Then rancher Adam Jenkins comes into her life. His gentle touch juxtaposed with his rugged strength draws Misty in, and she soon learns that love is stronger than the walls she’d built around her heart. But could she trust a man again?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, trust is “firm belief in the character, strength, or truth of someone or something.” Wow. When put like that, how many of us have trust issues? Or perhaps people issues?
As Christians, we’ve learned to put our firm belief in the person of Christ because we know He won’t let us down. Faith is synonymous with trust, and in Hebrews 11:1, we’re told, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” We know intuitively, because Christ dwells in our heart, that we can trust Him. That’s much easier than trusting a fellow human being.
But in order to have a healthy relationship built on love, it must also be built on trust. The two don’t exist without each other. And hope springs from a healthy balance of love and trust in one’s heart.
So does Misty learn to trust again? You’ll have to read Hope’s Gentle Touch to find out if she and Adam get their happily-ever-after!
Humor and fun, colorful secondary characters, and a few surprises along the way provide the backdrop for this Inspirational Romance set in the beautiful upstate of South Carolina. Hope’s Gentle Touch is available on Amazon by clicking here.
Praise for Hope’s Gentle Touch:
Poole handles the tender topic of abuse with grace and just enough tension to remind the reader that our happily ever afters are often hard won. She writes with the kind of authenticity and wisdom that transforms a sweet romance into a meaningful tale that will give readers something to think about long after turning the last page.
— Sarah Loudin Thomas, Christy-nominated author of Miracle in a Dry Season
A heartwarming novel with characters you can’t quit rooting for. This book is perfect for fans of small-town inspirational romance.
— Heidi McCahan, author of Unraveled
Back cover copy:
After her abusive husband’s death, Misty Stephens returns to her job as a nurse and volunteer at a women’s shelter. She intends to put her life back together and has no intention of ever being vulnerable to a man again. But when an abuse victim dies in her care, Misty finds herself consoling the girl’s brother … and fighting attraction.
Adam Jenkins sees Misty’s heart for the oppressed and implores her to help build Hope House, a women’s shelter, in honor of his sister. Though grieving, Adam is drawn to Misty. But he approaches romance the way he does ranching—quick and decisive—an almost disastrous mistake. While dealing with family fallout and troubles at work, this new project and Misty become a light shining into Adam’s grief.
A common purpose binds them together, and Misty’s heart starts to open to Adam. But she finds it much harder to lower her defenses than she imagined. Can any man be fully trusted—especially a powerful, wealthy rancher? When the past rears its ugly head and her reality starts to crumble, Misty’s trust in God and hope for a bright future are put to the test. Will hope’s gentle touch finally bring the love Misty’s heart needs to heal?
Laura Hodges Poole is an award-winning Christian author. Her most recent novel, Return to Walhalla, was a Selah Award finalist. She enjoys encouraging others through her blog, A Word of Encouragement. On beautiful days in South Carolina, you might find her hiking instead of writing. A mother of two and empty-nester, Laura enjoys a quiet life with her husband.
To connect with Laura and learn more about her other books:
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/#!/LauraHodgesPoole
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Laura-Hodges-Poole
Okay, comment time. Is it possible to love without trust?