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Tuesday, August 16, 2022
More from Merrillee
One of my writing goals is to set at least one book in every state in which I have lived. So far I have written books set in Washington State, Texas, Florida, South Dakota, Georgia, Ohio, Montana, Massachusetts, and Tennessee. I still have to write books set in Illinois and Arizona to complete my goal. Just for fun I’ve gone astray and have written a couple of Christmas novellas set in Maryland, where my older daughter lives. I’m currently working on the third book in that series.
A Match to Call Ours is my Montana book. I lived there when I was a little girl. We lived near Billings from the time I was four until I was ten, when we moved to South Dakota. So as you can imagine my memories are vague, but I’ve visited Montana numerous times as an adult.
Brittany Gorman, the heroine of the book, is originally from Washington State, and if you read my Pinecrest series, you first meet her as a teenager in Second Chance Gift. I have three teenagers in that series, and I wanted to write their adult stories. Brittany’s story comes first, followed by Max’s story, then Amanda’s story in the Front Porch Promises series. The characters take the reader from Montana to Massachusetts, then Tennessee, where the series includes Amanda’s younger sister, Kelsey.
In A Match to Call Ours the hero’s twin daughters are based on my memories of my fourth grade friend Rose. She belonged to the Crow Tribe and had long dark braids just like the twins in the story. I remember the snowstorms and having fun in the snow, sledding, and making snowballs. I got to put those memories to use in the story.
Because I’m what they call an organic writer, I don’t plot my stories. I start writing and see how things unfold. I’m always thankful that somehow God brings everything together when I write a book.
I really liked this book a lot. I noticed that the faith element threaded throughout the book and is an important part of the overall story. It is nice to read a story where God is at the center and enhances the need to renew your relationship if you have strayed from Him. I loved how one character wanted her uncle to reconnect with God and she told him,”I’m still prying for you and the rest of the family, too. I’m going to keep saying it until you get right with God.” It is a beautiful reminder to never give up on praying for someone.
I liked the way the author brought Brittany and Parker together. Brittany is between jobs, has broken up with her boyfriend and needs a new start. Parker is in need of a nanny and perhaps Brittany could be just what he needs to help with his girls. I really related to Parker because I know what it is like to be judged. No matter how much you try to prove your innocence some people have their minds made up. Can Brittany find happiness as a nanny? Will Parker find his way back to God?
Parker has isolated himself after the rumors about him, but I wanted him to find his way back to where he had friends and was accepted. The twins were so sweet and really brightened up the room when they came in. I did think that keeping them on the ranch and not allowing them to go to church or even to the library was something that needed to change. We can get caught up in our little bubble and start to isolate ourselves as well. When we step out of our comfort zone, then we can start to trust again and allow God to heal our hearts.
The story deals with bitterness and forgiveness. Those are two hard subjects for me. I had to choose to forgive in order to get free. If we continue in our bitterness we could miss the blessings God has for us. Parker will come to a point in his life where he must decide to forgive those who had treated him badly. Will he open his heart and allow God to take the bitterness out? Can he and Brittany find happiness together? Be sure to grab a copy of the book and take a journey as two people learn about trust, forgiveness and redemption.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion?
Texas Book-aholic, August 17
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, August 18
Inklings and notions, August 19
lakesidelivingsite, August 20
Vicky Sluiter, August 20
deb’s Book Review, August 21
Locks, Hooks and Books, August 22
For Him and My Family, August 23
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, August 24
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, August 25
Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, August 26
A Good Book and Cup of Tea, August 28
Cats in the Cradle Blog, August 28
Pause for Tales, August 29
Spoken from the Heart, August 30
To celebrate her tour, Merrillee is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and a copy of Hometown Promises!!
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