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About the author:
Julia Colquitt Allen began writing poems and short stories at the age of 7. She lives in picturesque East Texas with her husband of 35 years. Her grown son and his wife live nearby and visit often with her two grandbabies. Her grown daughters attend local universities and live close enough to visit frequently. She works from home as a learning products developer for a consulting firm. She holds a Ph.D. in learning technologies. In her spare time, she enjoys reading inspirational romance and mystery stories, sewing, and cooking.
What inspired you to write your book?
As a young divorced mother, I personally dealt with a lot of the stigma and gossip that Dodie and Chris deal with in this book. I wanted to write something to encourage others dealing with the same situation, and to help other Christians recognize that our God is the God of second chances.
Here is a short sample from the book:
As Chris realized who she was, a dozen mysteries unraveled. Mark was his best friend in this town. His only friend, really. Mark spoke often of his sister in New York with the sick child, and had mentioned her recent divorce and plans to move back home. That’s why she looks so lost. “Mark mentioned you were coming, but didn’t say when. So nice to finally meet you!” He worked at making his tone warm, but even he heard the hesitation in his voice. She’s going to think you don’t like her. She’s Mark’s sister. There’s no reason to feel shy. The child spied some toys in a corner and scrambled from her lap.
“And you. Mark and my parents speak well of you.” She stood, taking a step toward the door, eyes following the little boy. “We’d better get going. My parents are expecting us.”
“Of course. Don’t let me keep you. Sorry if I startled you.” Chris saw the bag at her feet and bent down to help her collect her belongings. “Here, let me get that for you.”
Chris scooped up the bag just as the young woman bent for it. The collision echoed across the empty room. “Ow! My nose!”