The next story of my heart has a cover!

Y'all. This has been a day long awaited. Ten-plus years, in fact. The story that's been with me the longest has a cover and it's now out in the Great Wide World. Margaret Bryant has a face now, the setting's golden and rosy-hued. The story itself at the moment? It's getting polished to shine as bright as the cover. It's not quite as rosy-hued wonderful as I'd like. But that's where grace comes in—and a stellar editress who has the patience of Job. Much like Roseanna White who designed Amongst the Roses' cover for me.
It takes a village. The whole book journey can be waxed poetic, but I'm going to level with you—it's freaking hard. Especially as seasons change and you change with it. Much like this story. It's seen me through the awkward braces years, the shy blushing teenage years where I hated to answer phones or talk to boys, through to when I stumbled into finding my true self and walking confidently in who God's created me to be. Walking without pain anymore. Walking to Haiti come February. Walking into releasing my third(!) book in April. Walking, stumbling, trying to sprint but failing, on the path God's called me to. And it is good. His love endures forever.

Now who's ready for to see the cover?
Three hearts, and one war—who will return?

The War Between the States shakes Margaret Bryant out of her comfortable upper-class life when her father enlists in the Army of the Potomac. Despite being safely ensconced above the Mason-Dixon Line in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Margaret finds her strength tested by opposition from familiar faces and Confederate threats. Will she let a young man from a lesser station into her heart even as war rages ever nearer to the home front?

Restless Connor Doyle sees the war as a way to escape from his family’s farm and his identity as a poor Irishman’s son. His brother, Adam, torn between duty to country and his family, enlists alongside Connor. Adam dares to hope in a future with Margaret when he begins a courtship correspondence from the war front. The two brothers make a vow to protect one another at all costs, but when faced with death and destruction from all sides—will they be able to uphold it?

The three bloodiest days in America’s history bring these three together at Gettysburg and tragedy’s cruelty threatens to tear two hearts apart—and bring two unlikely allies together.

Words, history, and grace color my days here in The Burgh where I seek out the perfect coffee and red lipstick.

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