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A LOVE RESTORED
BY KELLY GOSHORN
Welcome, Kelly. What is your favorite dessert? If you don’t like sweets. What is your favorite meal?
Hi Jo, Thank you for hosting me on your blog. I’m looking forward to visiting with your readers today. I don’t think I’ve ever met a dessert I didn’t like! Like my hero in A Love Restored, my husband is an excellent baker. His apple pie (with homemade crust) warmed up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream is to die for! He also has a wonderful sugar cookie recipe that is the best I’ve ever tasted and inspired one of the scenes in the book. They are light and fluffy and melt in your mouth. Because they are soft, they are not the best for use with cookie cutters but who cares! We even keep copies of both recipes in our fireproof box along with our marriage certificate and the birth certificates of our children! True Story!
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?
A Love Restored is based on my real-life courtship with my husband—love, heartbreak and an amazingly beautiful restoration I never would have imagined possible. I just set the book in the 19th century because I’m a huge history geek. A very long time ago, God told me I would share our story. I never really knew how that would come about but imagined that perhaps I’d share those events as a testimony with a ladies Bible study or something. When I first began tinkering with storytelling, I was working on a story about an Irish mail order bride. My husband suggested I write our story. I looked at him and said, “Are you sure about that? I mean you don’t look so good in that story for a long time.” He responded, with “It’s a good story, one that should be told. Besides, I think it turned out all right.” It sure did! We celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary in June!
What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
At its core, A Love Restored is a story about the power of words in our lives. It is a story about the struggle each of us faces to take our thoughts captive to the truth of Scripture so we may experience the fullness of God’s unequivocal love for us.
Like my heroine, I spent way too many years repeating words of death to myself—that I was fat, ugly, unlovable and unworthy of the very God I believed sacrificed His son on my behalf.
The Bible tells us in John 10:10 that “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it abundantly.” My prayer for you is that you will not allow the enemy to steal the joy that is rightfully yours as a child of God. Here are just a few things the Bible has to say about you:
1 Thes.1: 4 "You are chosen and dearly loved of God."
Ps. 139:14 "You are fearfully and wonderfully made."
Zech. 2:8 "You are the apple of God’s eyes. (I just love that one!)"
2 Cor. 5:17 "You are a new creation in Christ."
John 1:12 "You are a child of God."
Col. 1:14 "You have been forgiven."
Rom. 8:1 "You are free forever from condemnation."
Eph. 2:6 "You are his masterpiece."
"Speak the truth of the gospel over yourself every day and ask God to give you His eyes to see yourself as He does." (1 Samuel 16:7b)
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains
Y’all or You Guys? Both! Southern born to Northern parents!
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? I make it a rule to never turn down bread in any form, but if given a choice, biscuits every time!
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Fall
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop
Mug or teacup? Neither. After spilling tea on my laptop and ruining it a few years ago, I’m relegated to travel mugs by hubby! LOL!
Please tell us a little about your novel, A Love Restored.
Twenty-year-old Ruth Ann Sutton doesn’t measure up to society’s vision of a perfect lady. She would rather read Jules Verne or teach Negro children to read and write than join the Women’s Benevolent Aid Society or practice her voice lessons. Her pert opinions and less than perfect figure keep many suitors away. When Ruth Ann accepts a position teaching at the new Freedman’s School, it threatens the only marriage offer she is likely to receive. Should she risk life as a lonely spinster or reinvent herself to accept a proposal from a man she does not love?
Determined to rise above his meager beginnings, Benjamin Coulter’s reputation as a fast learner and hard worker earn him the opportunity to apprentice with a surveyor for the railroad—a position that will garner the respect of other men. All he needs now is a woman to share his promising future. When Benjamin has a chance encounter with Ruth Ann Sutton, he is smitten with her pretty face, quick wit, and feisty personality. When others ridicule his choice, Benjamin must decide whether he will listen to his heart or put ambition first.
Where can readers find you online?
Where can readers purchase A Love Restored?
Barnes and Noble
Any parting comment?
Thanks for allowing me to visit with your readers, Jo. It’s such a joy to meet new people, especially those who love Christian fiction as much as I do.
Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer the question to be entered in the book drawing.)
In A Love Restored, the hero struggles with pride. Driven by a deep need to gain the respect of others, Benjamin allows the world to influence his choices but soon regrets his decisions. In a culture that is constantly driving us to be the best in our education, our jobs, family life and even our physical appearance, it can be easy to feel we don’t measure up. What advice would you give to someone who is tempted to make unwise decisions to gain the short-lived acceptance of others?
Kelly, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Kelly is offering winner's choice of either a paperback copy (U.S. mailing address only) or an eBook copy of A Love Restored to one commenter to this blog post.
Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through July 24, 2018, and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.
The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Firestorm by Laura V. Hilton is Kaye. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
Till next time … keep on smiling.
CAN’T GET TO THE BEACH THIS SUMMER?
“Wow, this book starts out strong and keeps getting better. I laughed, cried, tried to warn them, rejoiced and prayed along with them.”—Amazon Reader Review
TIDEWATER SUMMER, set in 1952 on an island off the South Carolina coast. You can read more about the book here, and you can read the Prologue here.