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Happy Tuesday, readers,
Well, I won’t even talk about the weather, because the moment I say anything the weather changes in Ohio. We’ve gone to twelve degrees below zero last week to temperatures in the low forties over the weekend. Today it was rainy and mild, like a spring day. But before I dig out the capri pants and sandals, it’s supposed to snow tomorrow. Instead, I will ask if any of you received e-readers for Christmas…or just because you’ve been a fine person lately.
All four of my Miller Family series are on sale TODAY ONLY for electronic readers. So go to your favorite electronic book site, including CBD, Kindle and Nook, and download A Widow’s Hope for .99 cents, Never Far from Home for 1.99, The Way to a Man’s Heart for 1.99, and An Amish Family Reunion (book 4) for 1.99. Prices like that will only last a day! No, I don’t believe I make a dime at these prices, but I want my readers to fill in any blanks they have in my back-list. Here’s the Amazon link, but the other outlets will have them, too.
If you haven’t already done so, please sign up for my newsletter in the right-hand sidebar. I will be giving away 10 copies of The Quaker and the Rebel on Feb. 15th to newsletter subscribers. Good luck!
Turn on a made-for-TV movie or one of those “reality” shows about adoption and you’ll find adult children in serious angst over being given up. Everyone seems to be frantically searching for natural mothers and birth siblings. Invariably during the program’s second segment, after the commercial break, the viewer meets the long-suffering mother. Apparently she never stopped loving, worrying about, and searching for the baby taken from her or surrendered during a momentary lapse of judgment. These stories have always rung false for me, or at least overly “Hollywood” dramatic.
Do I believe such situations exist in real life? Yes, indeed. But are they the norm as the producers would have us believe? Not by a long shot, in my opinion. I’ve known too many adopted friends and siblings who suffered disappointments or faced disaster after discovering their “roots.” Personally, I hold no grudge or latent hostility for the woman who gave me up, but I also possess no buried affection either. She is a stranger. Throughout my life I’ve been offended by the predictable question: Don’t you want to know who your real mom is? I’ve always replied, “No, because I know who my real mother is—she’s the one who wiped my runny nose, fixed my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and put up with my sassy mouth as a teenager.
As a writer adopted from Children’s Services as an infant, I chose to explore this issue from another viewpoint…as the woman who gave up her child. In Always in my Heart, my novella from An Amish Miracle, Hope Bowman believes God has punished her for giving up her firstborn son. And she’s hidden this secret from her husband. Although Hope is thankful for three daughters, she still prays for a son. But instead of a new baby, God sends her the fifteen-year-old boy she abandoned.
Writing this novella turned out to be therapeutic, even though I’m well beyond the normal age for therapy. Tackling a sensitive and personal issue from another angle allowed me to come full circle. I experienced a bit of catharsis at my fictional story’s conclusion. My adoptive parents were the only parents I ever wished to know and were as “real” as any birth parents. But I hope you’ll look for my tale about a young man who chose a different path than mine. An Amish Miracle anthology is available everywhere in print and electronic download. Always in my Heart novella will be available on February 14th at Amazon for Kindles.