I’m so excited to share the cover of my July release, The Beauty of Rain. This story came about from the confluence of two things. The first was my terrible health year (in a time span of roughly 14 months, I had three surgeries and a broken arm, an experience that forced me to reevaluate my priorities and values). The second stems from an incident that happened to someone else many years ago. There was a terrible tragedy in a neighboring community (a woman lost her three children and parents in a house fire on Christmas). Every single Christmas, I think about her and how she managed to move forward in her life after such a soul-crushing loss. I cannot imagine anything worse than her suffering, and yet in a strange way, her survival story inspires me. I think of her courage whenever I’m feeling overwhelmed by something in my own life.
These two things were the seeds of my next book. It wasn’t the easiest story to write, and yet I so deeply believe in the sisters and the themes, I couldn’t NOT write it. I hope that readers respond positively to it when it finally comes out.