We expect more from Christian romance than a good love story, don’t we? Although all my books have a Christian world view, none contain an over-arching faith theme. The characters simply live their faith (or lack of it) through trying circumstances. But I’m happy to say all of stories contain nuggets of spiritual truth, and I believe at least some readers will relate to those truths.
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While I was writing my western romance, Cloaked in Love, I had no idea one of those nuggets was meant for me.
God didn’t always come to the rescue, even if you were in desperate need. Even if you wrung your heart out. Jeannie’d realized that when Ma died. She’d skinned her knees praying, but Ma died anyway.
Why did God answer some prayers and not others? Did he favor some over others? No. He didn’t even spare His Son, Jesus. Jesus had prayed the night before his crucifixion. But He’d ended with “Not My will, but Yours be done.”
She couldn’t expect to be treated any better. In the end, you always had to accept God’s will.
That nugget of truth came back to me recently. On the last day of March, my husband and soul-mate, was admitted to the hospital with an infection that quickly went septic. I asked everyone I knew to pray, and he was on every prayer list. But on the night of April 4th, my sweetheart passed away.
I wanted to shout out “Why? Didn’t You hear all those people praying, God?” Of course God heard. But he knew the whole story, while I didn’t. My husband’s going home at that particular time was best for him…and me.
God doesn’t mind the “whys.” Just like a well-written romance, we who hold fast to our faith will get our HEA in the end. That’s the joy of writing and reading romance. We know the end of the story will be worth all the tribulation along the way.
Cloaked in Love is one of four historical romances in the Threads of Love boxset scheduled to be released for pre-order May 9th. You’ll find nuggets of faith in each story.
Mail-Order Revenge by Angela K. Couch – Elizabeth Landvick will stop at nothing to take her revenge and recover her wealth, even marriage to her enemy’s son.
Cloaked in Love by Elaine Manders – When Jeannie Baylor is captured by a vicious gang, her only hope of escape is to marry one of the outlaws.
Love’s Harvest by Linda Shenton Matchett – After losing everything, Noreen Hirsch goes with her mother-in-law to a country headed toward war. A fictional account of the book of Ruth set in WWII.
Hearts Tightly Knit by Jodie Wolfe – Twin sisters make a childhood pledge to never marry, but complications arise when one of them meets a handsome rancher.
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