The Power of Loss
by Laurie Alice Eakes
Please welcome Laurie Alice Eakes to my blog this week. Laurie Alice is generously giving away a copy of her new release, A Stranger's Secret. Read on down to find out how to enter.
Have you lost anyone or anything precious to you?
Right before I wrote this book, I lost my mother. We hadn’t always gotten along, but in the past several years, we had developed a great relationship, even if I didn’t see her very often due to geographical distance between us. She was my biggest fan, and I felt like a part of myself had been ripped away.
That pain, however, helped me to write Morwenna’s story.
From the beginning of my concept for the Cornwall series, I had a vision for Morwenna. She was the black sheep of the family. When her older cousin, Elizabeth from A Lady’s Honor learns that Morwenna is in trouble, Her first reaction is to ask, “What has she done now.” Not “What has she done?” or “What happened to her?” No, it’s that “now” that tells the tale of how Morwenna is perceived in her family--expected to do no right and take the blame when something goes wrong.
And Morwenna lives up to this reputation. She is a bad girl from a good family, so when she needs her family to believe in her the most, they don’t.
This is where Morwenna is coming from in A Stranger’s Secret. She has lost her family’s respect and support. Before that, she has faced loss all her life. Her parents abandoned her to the authoritarian mercies of her grandparents. Seeking love, she has lost her reputation, something of great value in nineteenth century England. Then, when she tries to do something right, she loses her husband. At the beginning of A Stranger’s Secret, Morwenna is on the verge of losing her home, her son, and, ultimately, her freedom if she is convicted of a horrendous crime and imprisoned.
Then she meets David, a man from a different social class and with a different perspective on life, and Morwenna faces possibly the scariest loss of all--her heart to a stranger she doesn’t quite trust.
Morwenna doesn’t always handle her losses with grace. She is often angry to cover up her hurt. This is the story of how she rises above her grief and anger, accepts grace, and learns to love.
What has helped yu recover from a loss in your life, whether a parent, a spouse, or even a beloved pet?
Do, please, share your wisdom or feel free to ask a question of your own. I am giving away a copy of A Stranger’s Secret. Paperback version only to those living in the 48 contiguous United States, or an ebook to anyone regardless of residence.
MORE ABOUT LAURIE ALICE:
MORE ABOUT LAURIE ALICE:
“Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top,” writes Romantic times of bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes. Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with a degree in English and French from Asbury University and a master’s degree in writing fiction from Seton Hill University contributing to her career path. Now she has nearly two dozen books in print.
After enough moves in the past five years to make U-Haul’s stock rise, she now lives in Houston, Texas, where she and her husband are newly minted church leaders. Although they haven’t been blessed with children—yet--they have sundry lovable dogs and cats. If the carpet is relatively free of animal fur, then she is either frustrated with the current manuscript, or brainstorming another, the only two times she genuinely enjoys housekeeping.
As a grieving young widow, Morwenna only wants a quiet life for herself and her son. Until a man washes ashore, entangling her in a web of mystery that could threaten all she holds dear.