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Anna’s Secret: By Blossom Turner
Contemporary Inspirational Romance
Release date: May 1st, 2019
Anna Clarke has faced loneliness for years, caring for a sick and distant husband. Recently widowed, with all that brought meaning to her life gone, the consummate good girl falls from grace in a moment of weakness and passion.
Horrified to find she is pregnant, she is surprised when those closest to her assume the baby is her late husband’s. Guilt and pride allow the lie to live until her deceit hits a wall when the biological father Dr. Matthew Carmichael comes calling.
Shocked at how one lie bled so easily into another, Anna realizes her reputation of devout Christian living is about to disappear like a leaf caught in a windstorm. She hears the whisper of her loving Heavenly Father, who longs to restore her soul, but does she have the courage to face the scandal and the truth of her feelings toward the handsome Dr. Carmichael?
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I’ll be honest, this book was a bit difficult to get into. I didn’t like Anna for a long time. I liked our hero, and felt horrible for him, for the way Anna treated him.
Life is messy. Even the most righteous make mistakes. Men and women after God’s own heart. Sound familiar? Maybe a story from the bible rings a bell? Fitting, as I’m writing this, I’m recalling a sermon last week at church all about David and Bathsheba. This story truly taps in to the authentic intricacies of grief, love, intimacy and forgiveness.
The only grievance I have is with the sometimes sporadic and episodic-like chapter lengths. That is a difficult challenge to overcome when you’re writing a story that spans over a year or many years. I’ve not found a book that does it well, yet. And I didn’t really have time to come to like Anna early on. I think if she were more likable, I’d have rooted for her more throughout.
But her change of heart throughout was both tremendous and believable. In losing everything she’d valued, in the end, she realized she’d never been in the right frame of mind from the beginning of it all. You’ll have to read to understand why. Another aspect I enjoyed about this story was how Anna’s incredible change of heart and mind transformed others in her life.
I’ highly encourage you to read these words from Blossom Turner to give you more insight into this story.
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Why I wrote Anna’s Secret
I am a hopeless romantic, it has been at the core of my being from a child up. I dreamed of a love that would whisk me far from the pain of my childhood upbringing.
When I first started to write Anna’s Secret, I had not yet learned all I needed to know about forgiveness. I was half-way through the book when sorrow and betrayal hit my marriage. (See “About Me” at https://blossomturner.com) I stopped writing for years.
However, as God healed the broken and restored my soul, words of love once again danced within my being. God directed that I finish this book weaving in all I learned from the crucible of suffering in my own life. Through understanding the restorative power of God’s forgiveness when humanity fails, I wrote Anna’s Secret with a strong thread of hope woven into its fabric.
Readers have expressed to me that the authenticity of this book has brought them to tears and given them a love story that entertained. However, the part I love the most … Anna’s Secret has inspired some readers to ask God for the help to forgive themselves, or for the power to offer the gift of forgiveness to another.
My prayer is that you will find Anna’s Secret an entertaining romance, inspiration to your soul, and that you will enjoy the happy ending … always a happy ending. After all, God is the God of happily ever after, and heaven is the home in which all His children will find the greatest love of all.
This is a great christian romance if you love reading authentic, messy stories of redemption and forgiveness.
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For Him and My Family, February 28
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 29
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To celebrate her tour, Blossom is giving away the grand prize package of a signed copy of Anna’s Secret and a $25 Amazon gift card!!
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About the Author
Blossom Turner is a free-lance writer published in Chicken Soup and Kernels of Hope anthologies, former newspaper columnist on health and fitness, an avid blogger, and published novelist. Her authentic understanding of the power of love in the darkest of circumstances is woven masterfully through this first book in a five-book series—Katherine’s Arrangement. She and her husband, David, have two grown children and live in Canada. Read more at blossomturner.com.