The day has finally arrived!
My new novel, Hidden in the Heart, is OUT!!! It popped up on Amazon this morning, right on time! I couldn’t be happier about this particular book.
You know the saying, Write What You Know...well, I did. This story came out of a few years worth of tears, heartache, joy and more than one miracle along the way. When I began the search for my birth mother, over ten years ago now, I couldn’t have imagined I’d be sitting here today knowing what I know, having gone through everything I did. I couldn’t have imagined it because I simply didn’t know what lay in store. I didn’t know what I would find out, who would open the doors I knocked on or where the journey would lead.
Sometimes, when you’re not sure whether you’re doing the right thing, God makes it very clear. I have no doubt that I did the right thing. Was it hard, yes. Do I regret it? Not at all.
I’m not exactly sure what I was searching for. Answers of course, because after years of looking in the mirror not knowing who I looked like, I was certainly curious. Did I hope to spark a connection with the person who’d given me life? I suppose I did. I suppose, like all adoptees who search, the gnawing question of why was forefront in my mind. Why didn’t she keep me?
Be careful what you ask for. I learned that big time. But I’d rather know the truth than know nothing at all. And, as I said, God worked more than one miracle in my situation. Like Claire, in Hidden in the Heart, I got all the answers I needed, and I received the great blessing of being able to establish a profound connection with the sister I never knew I had. I gained a whole new family that I love to pieces and am so so grateful to have in my life. I was extremely blessed to be given two wonderful parents and a fantastic upbringing, but I still needed answers to those questions that kept me up nights.
I never thought I’d share my story with the world. And there are parts of it that will remain private, but I wrote this book because I needed to. Though it is a work of fiction, all the emotions that Claire goes through are exactly what I experienced. No, I never had a miscarriage and I’ve never suffered seeing a marriage fall apart, but I know what it’s like to lose a Mom. I know rejection. Heartache. Pain so deep you wonder if you’ll ever get through it. But I also know joy.
I live it every day. In Him.
And that is the greatest reward you can find in this life.
My prayer for this book is that it touches hearts, touches lives. Even if you’re not adopted or don’t know anyone who is, I think there’s something here for you. And I would love to hear from you after you’ve read it, if you do.
This one means a lot.