Yesterday was release day for Not Until This Day, book 6 in my Hope Springs series. And can I just say “Phhhheeewww!” In case you’re wondering, that is an exhale of relief because there were times when I felt like I would never finish writing this book.
I started it in early January—and then restarted it in late January. And then rewrote it again in March. And I kept wondering, why isn’t this book coming together?
But now I get it. I get that it was all part of God’s perfect timing. Because when I started writing this book, I had no way of knowing it would reach the world during a global pandemic. But God did!
He knew that what the world needs right now is freedom from fear. And though the characters in this book don’t face a pandemic, they do face a lot of fear, and they struggle to trust. Last month, I blogged here at Inspy about the inspirational verses I include at the beginning of each book. And I said I wasn’t yet sure what this book’s verse would be. Well, here it is:
Isn’t that a beautiful verse? It’s one I’ve been leaning on a lot lately. We have nothing to fear because God is our strength. And in his impeccable timing, God gave me the privilege of sharing this book and this message just when the world needs it most.
I have been amazed by how many advance readers have commented on that theme of fear:
“This book was a lesson to remember to let God to take my fear and fill me up with peace, every single moment of my life.”
“These characters have the same struggle that I have—the temptation to be driven by fear. Their remedy is my remedy—faith in Christ.”
“Not Until This Day is a story of faith triumphing over fear and trust winning out over worry…. A wonderful, life-like story that was just what I needed to be reminded of today.”
“Not Until This Day is a great story that reminds us not to live in fear and that our Heavenly Father is always looking after us. He cares about us no matter what. As things are rapidly changing in the world around us…we are once again reminded not to live in fear.”
Reviews like this make me just stand back and say, “This was not a ‘me thing,’ this was a ‘God thing.'” They make all the months of angst, all the wondering why this book was such a struggle and why I couldn’t just get it into the world according to my timing, totally worth it. I am so thankful to know that God knows what he’s doing in our lives even when we don’t.
I don’t know how things are where you live, but here in Wisconsin, we’re still under stay at home orders for the foreseeable future. Which means we haven’t been able to worship at our church building in weeks. At one point in the book, the characters can’t go to their church either (don’t worry, it’s not because of a pandemic!). And I wanted to share what their pastor, Pastor Dan, tells them, because it’s something I need to be reminded of during these times as well. (Don’t worry, I’ve removed any spoilers!)
“But here’s the thing God reminded me of,” Dan continued. “I don’t need this church. You don’t need this church. It’s just a building. What we need is the faith God has worked in our hearts. What we need is his love for us that is so great that he sent his Son into the world to die for us…. Nothing can take that away…. Because our refuge isn’t in a building. God is our refuge. He is our strength and our fortress.”
I pray that reminder gives you peace and encouragement today and always.
Right now, Not Until This Day is available for the special launch price of 99¢ (or free to read in Kindle Unlimited). Although it’s book six in the Hope Springs series, you can easily read it even if you haven’t read the other books first, as each features a complete romance with a different couple. And if you have read the other books in the series and need a little reminder of who’s who, you can check out this handy character map.
“A heartwarming story about fresh starts: about finding the courage to hope and trust again; the grace to forgive; and a faith not only for the future, but for ‘this day’ as well.” -Advance review
Three kids. Two broken hearts. One chance to become a family.
Isabel has three simple rules: Keep moving. No friends. No men. It’s the only way to keep herself and her daughter safe. But when she arrives in the small town of Hope Springs, she finds that she suddenly wants to break all the rules. Especially when it comes to a certain sweet single dad.
Tyler has one goal: Keep his boys from ever getting hurt again. That’s why he avoids dating, women, or anything having to do with love. So why does the mysterious single mother who works at his family’s orchard have him rethinking everything?
As Isabel starts to think of Hope Springs as home, Tyler starts to think of her as more than a friend. But when Isabel’s past comes to light, her fears and his doubts are tested in new ways. Will they give in to the fear and pain of the past—or can they turn it all over to God and trust him to give them a future?
Not Until This Day is an emotional story of faith, forgiveness, and most of all, trust in God’s perfect love.
GIVEAWAY: To celebrate the launch of Not Until This Day, I’m giving away a $5 Amazon gift card to a random reader who comments by April 22.