In my review of Love Comes Home (click title for review), I described this charming story as "warm, poignant, real, bittersweet, heartwarming, and triumphant" - and it's one of those books where the characters remained with me long after the last page was turned. Ann is generously giving a copy to one of you, details at the end of this post.
Ann is a sweet and gracious lady, and it is an honor to have her visit The Power of Words. If you haven't read any of her novels yet, I hope you will get to experience her writing soon. Now please enjoy what Ann has to share about Love Comes Home, the Rosey Corner series, and her future writing plans.
Ann: My Rosey Corner series that includes Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Love Comes Home, are stories close to my heart. The background of the first book in the series, Angel Sister, was based on the stories my mother and her sisters told about growing up during the Great Depression years. They didn’t have any money, but they always had food and laughter in spite of the hard times. The events in the book are completely fiction, but my mother’s memories are an underlying thread throughout the story. That makes this book a heart story for me.
When the publishers approached me about writing more Rosey Corner stories, I was happy to go back to my characters. I knew they had more stories to share. So I let the sisters grow up and embrace romance before the beginning of World War II. That’s the setting of book two, Small Town Girl. Then Love Comes Home follows the war when the boys are coming home and the Merritt sisters are ready to begin peacetime life. They find out that just because the war is over doesn’t mean they won’t be facing new problems.
Family is at the heart of all three stories. Family and faith and love. The characters are challenged by hard times that test their faith, but lean on the Lord and each other to find a way through. Isn’t that the way life is for all of us? Good and bad times mixed into our years. Walks through the dark valleys. Joy on the mountaintops. And all the paths of ordinary happenings in between. I like to shape my stories around those kinds of experiences. I like to come up with characters who are so real they seem to almost whisper their stories into my storytelling ears. Then once the book is finished and out there for readers, it’s my hope that you, the reader, will let my characters climb into your heart while you live their stories with them. I want you to rejoice with my people and weep with them. I hope you fuss at them when they are messing up and warn them when you see them going down the wrong paths. And when you read the last page, I hope you close the book with the feeling that yes, that could have really happened just like it did in the story.
I am currently doing final edits on my seventh Shaker book, The Innocent, that will be released by Revell Books in July 2015. I am also working on a series of books that will be something new for me. These small town mysteries will be so different that the books will be published under a changed author name, A.H. Gabhart. You can look forward to the first Hidden Springs mystery, Murder at the Courthouse, out in the fall. I had fun with that book and back here at the farm, I’m brainstorming for a new mystery idea. I do have plans to write more historical stories in the next couple of years too. I think I’d better be doing a lot of that brainstorming.
Carole: Ann, to be able to write in all these styles is a special gift. I don't know about your other readers, but I've always loved mysteries and am eager to read your small-town mystery series. It has been wonderful to have you visit this week and I hope this is just the first of many times.
To enter the drawing for Love Comes Home, simply answer the following "fun" question:
If you've experienced rough weather this winter,
what do you do for fun on those "snow days"?
If you haven't, what is a favorite way to relax?
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- Eligibility: Print copy - US/CAN / Ebook - INT