Author Jo Huddleston has just released a new book, and I’m excited to introduce you to both Jo and her new novel, Tidewater Summer.
Jo is an Amazon bestselling author of books, articles, and short stories. Her novels are sweet Southern historical romances. The redeeming story of God’s pursuing love is the foundation of her novels, and in them you will find inspiration, hope, and gentle stories that are intriguing and entertaining. You can learn more about Jo on her website at www.johuddleston.com.
Tidewater Summer is the compelling story of Rose Marie Henley’s pursuit of restoration from physical abuse at the hands of her fiancé. Her Great-Aunt Clara convinces Rose to spend the summer at her South Carolina beach house. Aunt Clara’s handyman sends his nephew to repair Rose’s water heater. Last Year Rose would have been excited to see his over-the-top handsome nephew, Frank. But now she doesn’t want any man in her life again.
Vickie: Jo, where did you get the idea for Tidewater Summer?
Jo: I’ve loved being at the beach-any beach-since the first time my parents took me when I was preschool age. Time at the beach always makes my troubles lighten while there. I wanted to set a story on a beach and thought about a heroine who might go to the beach for restoration from whatever problem she had. I write novels set in the 1950s, so I came up with my heroine’s problem of physical abuse at the hands of her fiancé. In the 1950s, the attitude toward abuse was often to ignore it or to blame the victim. I started with the above and my characters grabbed the story and ran with it. I don’t plot plan, or outline my stories on paper. I’m what is called a panster-I write by the seat of my pants.
Vickie: What do you want readers to take away from this story?
Jo: While I wrote Tidewater Summer, and my heroine, Rose, confronted her abuse and fears, I drew strength from two scripture verses. Then, in turn, Rose brought one of these verses into her pursuit of restoration and it helped her to draw closer to God. I would hope readers of this novel will identify with Rose and also see the need to draw closer to God and friends when struggling with any problems. (The two verses are: Ecclesiastes 4:12 and Galatians 6:2).
Vickie: Jo has graciously shared a brief excerpt of the book.
Excerpt from Tidewater Summer:
Rose pulled the door open. Walter stood there, his hair messy, and a scowl on his face. “Did you forget something?” she asked.
He pushed her aside as he staggered inside, stood in the middle of the living room, and snarled at her. “Did you enjoy the movie?”
She close the door. “Yes, Amy and I-”
He stepped closer to Rose and grabbed her upper arm, his grip like a vise. “Amy and you. It’s always you and Amy. Is she taking my place with you?”
“Walter, that’s nonsense. You like Amy, she’s my best friend in the world.”
“That ring on your finger means you belong with me. You shouldn’t have replaced me with Amy tonight.”
The stench of alcohol on his breath shocked her.
Walter let out a string of swear words and slung her across the room. He approached her, stopped just inches away, and breathed hard. She cringed and recoiled from him. What did he expect her to do? With both hands, he shoved her backward. When she slammed against the wall, her entire body underwent a jolting sensation of dismemberment like a puppet with broken strings.
He snatched her upper arm again and whirled her around. When he let her go, she landed on her backside and slid across the tile floor into the coffee table, which slammed against the front of the sofa. The edge of the coffee table ground into her ribs. She had to get out of his reach, but he towered above her, standing between her and the door.
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Vickie: You can purchase Tidewater Summer at Amazon. Leave a comment below and one winner will be chosen to receive an ebook of Tidewater Summer.
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