Love from Romance Readers, In Honor of Valentine’s Day!
This month we’re seeing celebrations of love all around us. Whether you’re planning a romantic date for Valentine’s Day or writing messages of love to your friends and family, meaningful connections can be found wherever you look for them, and no one knows this better than the readers and authors of the Love Inspired community. Our authors are spreading the love by sharing stories of some of their most inspiring and meaningful interactions with readers. Enjoy these examples of genuine connections inspired by romance novels, and remember to pay it forward by sharing messages of love and appreciation whenever you can!
Ruth Logan Herne:
I’ve never forgotten one of my first reader interactions. A young mother wrote to me. She’d just read Winter’s End, my debut Love Inspired novel, a beautiful story of a hospice nurse with a tragic past, a young woman longing to be able to shrug off the darkness of a grim life and embrace her new opportunities.
“I lost my child at age six months,” this mother wrote. “I’ve been mad at God for a long time. So angry. How could he do this to me? I didn’t go to church, I didn’t go anywhere. I turned my back on him because he’d turned his back on me. Then I read your book. I cried. I cried because I realized he hadn’t turned his back on me at all. I cried because for the first time in a long time, I felt my faith fill up inside me, as if God had carried me all along.”
The letter went on, but that was my wake-up call. The magnitude and power of words is immense! It can inspire good or evil. Writing for Love Inspired, my goal is to always inspire good…help those in pain…nurture the heart and the soul. And it has been the best job I could ever imagine.
I have had readers reach out to me about my books. One said she started laughing before my very quirky character even opened her mouth. (Best compliment ever!) And another told me that the theme of grace in my first book prompted her to forgive herself for something she’d held on to for a long time. I was humbled and delighted by that response. It’s such a gift to receive a note like this from a reader. Writing can be a lonely and not-so-confident experience, so to know something I’ve written has impacted another person I may never meet is truly amazing.
Writing is a solitary process, but hearing from readers makes me feel connected to them. Recently I received a note from a reader who told me she hadn’t finished my book yet, but she just had to tell me how much she liked it so far. Her message came at a time when I was discouraged about writing, so hearing from her gave me a huge boost. I’m always surprised, grateful and honored when someone takes the time to communicate an unsolicited compliment like that.
I hear from my readers mostly on Facebook these days, and it always gives me a boost to hear that someone enjoys my books. As an author, I work alone for six to eight hours a day, spinning tales and making things up in hopes of entertaining someone else. Then there is a very long wait until that book hits the shelves. So hearing that someone loved my book just makes that solitary process feel so much more rewarding. It isn’t just me alone at my desk anymore—there’s a reader out there! And she liked my book. 😊
I regularly receive emails and letters from my amazing readers. Most of the time they write to tell me they enjoyed a particular book, and that the spiritual struggle that the characters are facing in the book resonates with them. I am so honored when a reader takes the time to write to me. Seeing an email or letter always makes my day and makes me smile. But when the reader mentions the spiritual aspect of the book, it means even more to me, as I know God is using my words to touch lives, and that is the reason I write Christian fiction.
For more inspiration, check out the newest Love Inspired stories from the authors above:
A Cowboy in Shepherd’s Crossing by Ruth Logan Herne
Cowboy bachelor Jace Middleton was ready to leave Shepherd’s Crossing for good—until he learns his family’s unspoken secrets. Now Jace finds himself not only caring for his twin baby nieces, but working with beautiful, strong-willed designer Melonie Fitzgerald to renovate his grandmother’s run-down estate. Love wasn’t part of the plan…
The Rancher’s Unexpected Baby by Jill Lynn
After his marriage ended, Gage Frasier vowed he’d never remarry or have children—but now he’s guardian of an orphaned baby boy. Thankfully, his friend’s sweet sister, Emma Wilder, offers to nanny while Gage seeks a more suitable family for the child. But soon Gage finds himself bonding with his new son…and with Emma. Parenthood surprised Gage, but will love sneak up on him, too?
Minding the Amish Baby by Carrie Lighte
Amish store clerk Tessa Fisher isn’t ready for marriage or a family—until a baby girl is abandoned on her doorstep. Now Tessa and her gruffly handsome landlord, Turner King, must mind the baby together. And soon Turner and the sweet-cheeked kind are burrowing into Tessa’s heart. But with secrets between them, can the temporary family find a way to stay together forever?
Her Cowboy’s Twin Blessings by Patricia Johns
With orphaned twin infants to care for, Casey Courtright hoped to buy the ranch he works on—but he can’t match Ember Reed’s offer. Nevertheless, Casey agrees to show Ember the land she plans to use for her therapy center, but only if she’ll help him with the babies. And as the twins draw them together, Casey might just find that Ember is his perfect partner.
Taken in Texas by Susan Sleeman
Working her first case as deputy sheriff with her ex-boyfriend, Detective Cord Goodwin, Kendall McKade is determined to track the kidnappers—even if it makes her a target. Teaming up threatens to rekindle Cord and Kendall’s relationship, but first they must solve a life-threatening mystery.
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