Tidings of Joy

» Posted on Oct 3, 2006 in Blog | Comments Off on Tidings of Joy

Tidings of Joy is now on the shelf at your local bookstore or grocery store. This is an October Love Inspired release.

Chance Taylor came to Sweetwater to repay a debt. He didn’t expect to have feelings for his new landlady, Tanya Bolton. He could see newly widowed Tanya had worked hard to put the pieces of her world back together, caring for her wheelchair-bound daughter and taking a job at the local bank.

Chance’s arrival interrupted Tanya’s routine…and brought unexpected happiness to her life. But the secret obligation he struggled with meant Chance could lose Tanya—and his chance for a fresh start—forever.

This is the last book in the Ladies of Sweetwater Lake Series. I will miss these characters, having really gotten to know them over the course of five books. Tanya’s story was the hardest one to write. She was wounded and hurting, and until Chance came into her life, she didn’t realize she could help another to heal.

In Tidings of Joy Crystal, and to a certain extent Chance, had to deal with a bully. I teach in a high school and have seen firsthand the harm a bully can do to another. If you or a loved one is dealing with a bully, get help. Don’t try to cope on your own. If you witness a bullying situation, speak up for the person who is targeted. Bystanders can make a difference in a bullying situation.

There are some excellent books about bullying and what can be done to stop it. I had the pleasure of listening to Barbara Coloroso speak on bullying in our schools. Her book, The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander, offers good suggestions to parents and teachers about making changes in how we raise our children to break the cycle of violence we’ve seen in our culture and schools.