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UPON A SPRING BREEZE
by Kelly Irvin
Two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist Kelly Irvin is the
Welcome, Kelly. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
People often believe that when they become Christians, life will get easier. That is not the case. Scripture tells us we will have trouble in the world, but not to worry, because Jesus has overcome the world. That is the crux of my story. We suffer and we don’t know why and we pray for relief. Sometimes we don’t get it. Bess suffers a terrible loss that makes it difficult for her to maintain her faith. Upon a Spring Breeze is a story about how we become strong through difficult moments. We’re broken down by events in our lives, but God leads us through and we’re refined like silver by the fire.
What was the main inspiration for the new book? Had the idea been on your mind for a while or just popped into it one day?
I wanted to write some older women characters. The Amish typically marry young so the romances center around women in their early twenties. I proposed to my editor that I write a series focused on widows and how they fit into the family-focused communities of the Amish. Each book represents a physical season, but also a season in a woman’s life: young newlywed, widowed mother of seven, grandmother, and great-grandmother. When the Amish scribes do their census for The Budget Newspaper each year, they count number of families, number of newborns, number of weddings, funerals, and also how many widows/widowers. They single them out. I wanted to examine that from a female perspective.
Upon a Spring Breeze also looks at the role of suffering in our lives and why we suffer even when we pray for relief. It’s an on-going discussion in my head and my heart.
Why do you feel compelled to write—in your genre or at all?
I’m compelled to write because it gives me joy and gives my life a meaning that it wouldn’t have otherwise. I feel as if it’s something I do reasonably well and it’s a gift from God so it’s incumbent upon to use that gift. I would write in other genres as well if the path opened up. It’s not so much about genre as it is story.
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Beach
Y’all or You Guys? Y’all
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Dinner roll
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? fall
Laptop or Desktop? desktop
Mug or teacup? mug
Please tell us a little about your novel, Upon a Spring Breeze.
After a devastating year, a spring breeze promises more than new flowers.… It promises a
new chance at love.
Bess Weaver, twenty and expecting her first child, is in the kitchen making stew for her beloved mann,
Caleb, one minute, and the next she’s burying him after a tragic accident. Facing life as a young widow, Bess finds comfort only in tending the garden at an Englisch-owned bed and breakfast—even as she doubts that new growth could ever come after such a long winter.
Aidan tries to repress his guilt over his best friend Caleb’s death and his long-standing feelings for Bess by working harder than ever. But as he spends time with the young son his friend left behind, he seems to be growing closer to the boy’s beautiful mother as well.
When a close-knit group of widows in her Amish community step in to help Bess find her way back to hope, she begins to wonder if Gott has a future for her after all. Will she ever believe that life can still hold joy—and the possibility of love?
Where can readers find you online?
Where can readers purchase Upon a Spring Breeze?
Barnes and Noble
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Kelly, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Kelly is offering a print copy of Upon a Spring Breeze to one commenter to this blog post.
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The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Shepherd’s Song by Bettilu Davies is Paula. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
Till next time … keep on smiling.
My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.