I became acquainted with June Foster a few years ago when I was starting out. We were in the same critique group at the time, and June was the most patient person ever mentoring me in showing versus telling. I love June’s books and her heart to use romance as she writes about tough issues. I asked June to share today, and I’m so glad she agreed. Please enjoy her post about “the story behind the story.”—Julie Arduini
The Story Behind the Story
A Harvest of Blessing was inspired by a real life couple my husband and I met in Pensacola, Florida. Several years ago we were traveling and living in our RV full time. Since my husband is retired army, we generally stayed on military posts in their RV parks. This year we stayed at Pensacola Naval Air Station and attended the military chapel.
One Sunday we got to talking to a great couple and wound up going to lunch with them after church. Their story amazed me. They were both visiting the graves of their dead spouses when they met. They even pointed out the graveyard as we passed on the way to lunch.
Cupid went to work, and they eventually married. Their story has been on my mind for several years, and I finally got the chance to tell it in A Harvest of Blessing where my hero and heroine who’re in their mid fifties meet in a graveyard. But that’s where the similarity ends. I deviated from the real couple and made Nadia’s husband a jerk and Jared’s daughter an obstacle between the two of them.
In the story, Nadia’s son David is serving a tour of duty in Germany. I put him in Germany because my husband and I were there before he retired from the army. Wood carvings abound in the European country, and I thought it would be fun to have David bring one of the lovely pieces—like the one I own—back home for his mom. The real wood carving used to hang on my mom’s wall. Today it sits on a cabinet in my dining room.
The carving is special to me as it is the artist’s rendition of a loaf of bread and a chalice, an important element in Christianity—communion or the Lord’s Supper.
I loved writing A Harvest of Blessing as this is the first book I’ve penned where the characters are middle aged. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Seasons of Blessings
After the death of her husband, Nadia Maguire never expects to meet handsome Jared Abrams in the cemetery where she visits her dead spouse’s grave. Though she falls for the handsome bank president, his daughter hurls a wedge between them. Will her life be a harvest of blessings or a season of drought?
When bank president Jared Abrams falls in love with one of his tellers, Jared’s daughter does everything in her power to keep them apart. Will he reap a harvest of blessings or a season of drought?
June Foster is an award-winning author who began her writing career in an RV roaming around the USA with her husband, Joe. She brags about visiting a location before it becomes the setting in her contemporary romances. June’s characters find themselves in precarious circumstances where only God can offer redemption and ultimately freedom. Find June at junefoster.com.
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