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About the Book
Name of book: To Gain a Mommy
Author: Tanya Eavenson
Genre: Christian Romance
Release Date: December 10, 2016
Thirteen years ago, pediatrician Hope Michaels was the fool-hearted girl who came home from college to learn the man she loved was engaged to her twin. But now to move on with her life and accept a proposal of marriage, she must confront the one man who holds the key to the wounds of her past.Fire Captain Carl McGuire can put out any flame, except for the one Hope sparks within him. As she stirs up his life and heart, Carl knows some things never change. Even a past he’d rather keep hidden.
When a new neighbor moves in across the street who would be a perfect fit for their family, Mary and Brody form a plan to bring their dad and Hope together. But how will it work if Hope keeps pushing him away?
I enjoyed this little novella. It was a sweet story. In light of the fact it’s a small book, we do not get a chance to connect with the people in the story. We can relate to the emotions, for sure. If we are Christians, we can relate to the biblical truths. It is most definitely “story driven”, not especially character driven.
Whether it’s because I have read a lot of books like this and I kind of know how it will end up, the story is more about why things were and what made things end up the way they did.
Kudos for the big fund raiser using chocolate as central focus … what a great idea!!!!
The story dealt with hard things in life, definitely didn’t “candy coat” anything or give easy answers. It was rough stuff. But when we go through difficult things as Christians, we have a different perspective, in spite of what our emotions tell us. The elderly mom/grandmother said it so simply, “I know this is hard to hear, but God used a terrible situation and brought glory to Himself.”
Emotions are hard to deal with, they come and they go. We cannot help feeling what we feel, but with God’s help we can control what we do with them. We can sink into and wallow in unforgiveness and/or guilt, or we can rise above it with the strength of God’s Spirit, knowing HIS forgiveness and HIS help and move on, allowing our life story to unfold, with God’s blessing. This is what I feel the author depicted in this little parable-like novella.
I had the pleasure of being an advanced reader of this book, receiving it for free, in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Tanya Eavenson is a bestselling and an award-winning inspirational romance author. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book.
Guest Post from Tanya Eavenson
I’d like to thank Celebrate Lit for featuring my first novella in my Gaining Love Series, To Gain a Mommy, for this tour. I’m looking forward to visiting with you along the way!
Recently I was asked to share what inspired me to write To Gain a Mommy. Believe it or not, my inspiration came from a prayer.
Last year my employer offered me a great promotion, but the catch was I’d have little time to spend with my family. So I prayed, asking God for direction for my family, my job, and my writing.
God knows us so well. He knew I had a desire to work with other authors and to write my first novella. He also knew that without a push, I wouldn’t do it.
It all began with a simple post on my Facebook timeline. Another writer posted that she had messaged me but wanted to let me know since FB has a couple of message boxes (I had no idea!). I clicked on my messages, and there it was—the extra message box, filled. As I read through the messages, I found one asking if I’d be interested in joining a novella boxed set. Right away I knew God had answered my prayer.
Needless to say, I didn’t take the position at work and joined the boxed set. Since then, To Gain a Mommy has become an international bestseller and has been a finalist in two contests. My Gaining Love series continues to grow, with the third novella, To Gain a Bodyguard, releasing in time for Christmas. Isn’t God good!
The Lord tells us to trust in Him and that if we do, He will direct our paths. It still amazes me how the Lord works behind the scenes in our lives to give us hope and a future.
Yes, God gives us hope. He gives us a future. This is why I named my heroine in To Gain a Mommy Hope. Romans 5:5 says, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (NKJV). Although my heroine can’t see her future or what it might hold, she is reminded that God will not disappoint.
The Lord reminds us of the same in our own lives.
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September 22: A Greater Yes
September 23: A Baker’s Perspective
September 24: Christian Bookaholic
September 25: Karen Sue Hadley
September 26: Singing Librarian Books
September 27: His Grace is Sufficient
September 28: Remebrancy
September 29: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations
September 30: Reading Is My SuperPower (interview)
October 1: Bibliophile Reviews
October 1: Red Headed Book Lady
October 2: Quiet Quilter
October 2: Multifarious
October 3: Vicky Sluiter
October 3: Texas Book -aholic
October 3: Artistic Nobody
October 3: All of a Kind Mom
October 3: D’S QUILTS & BOOKS
In honor of her tour, Tanya is giving away a grand prize package consisting of a $5 Amazon Card and pillow cover from Redbubble! Click the link below to enter! https://promosimple.com/ps/c141
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