by Georgiana Daniels
Shadows of Hope has been called gritty, raw, and emotionally compelling. Readers have said it made them think and made them cry. Some have even said it took a while for them to process when they were finished reading.
The thing is, I never set out to write an emotional story. I’m not that person in real life. You’re more likely to find me leading the conga line and using one too many smiling emojis.
So what happened? God, I suspect.
What started out as a simple story of a wife discovering that her new friend is the person her husband was having an affair with somehow mushroomed into infidelity, infertility, betrayal, and loss. In theory, way more than a character could handle.
Yet somehow like real life.
Have you ever had one of those seasons where all the trials you’re going through are so enormous, so vast, that it literally drops you to your knees?
Yeah, we’ve been there too—those moments when you can’t fathom how you’re going to make it through the rest of your life and all you can do is pray through the next ten minutes.
When we lost our young son-in-law to a rare and incurable condition, we entered into the worst time we could imagine. Despite all the prayers and intervention, it appeared God did not answer. But truly, He was not indifferent to our pain. We learned so many things as we traveled through our darkest hour.
From our son-in-law, we learned how to suffer well—to love God and love people to the end. We learned how to band together as a family with God holding us. And we learned that faith and hope are real, even when life looks a lot different than we ever thought it would.
I suppose that’s part of the human experience. At some point everyone will have to journey through their darkest hour. The question is, what will their faith look like on the other side? Will they fall away because they feel like God failed them? Or will their faith be refined and purer than before?
That is my prayer for Shadows of Hope—that readers will see a woman who journeys through her darkest hour with God and comes out stronger on the other side.
How has God refined your faith through trials?
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BIO: Georgiana Daniels resides in the beautiful mountains of Arizona with her super-generous husband and three talented daughters. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor's degree in public relations and now has the privilege of homeschooling by day and wrestling with the keyboard by night. She enjoys sharing God's love through fiction and is exceedingly thankful for her own happily ever after.
BACK COVER: Crisis pregnancy worker Marissa Moreau suspects her husband is cheating, but little does she know how close to home her husband’s infidelity hits. College student Kaitlyn Farrows is floundering after a relationship with her professor leaves her pregnant. Soon she lands a job and a support system at the local pregnancy resource center and things seem to be turning around. But when Marissa and Kaitlyn become friends, neither one knows they share a connection—Colin, Marissa’s husband and Kaitlyn’s former professor. When their private lives collide, the two women must face the ultimate test of their faith and choose how to move forward as they live in the shadows of hope.
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