by Valerie Howard
Jamie Walker’s life is a mess.
Childless, practically a widow, and depressed, Jamie struggles through each day to simply survive. Her job is now in jeopardy and nothing seems to be getting better any time soon. As if that wasn’t enough, Jamie’s dark secret from her past is getting harder and harder to hide.
Jamie tinkers with the ideas of divorce and suicide until she meets a lonely pastor who changes her mind about the God she’s been running from since she was eighteen.
“It is good to see more fiction in the Christian genre that involves life transforming events and interplay by different characters who at first seem to meet by chance but more intended by a greater power.”
“So true to real life and so powerful.”
“Valerie Howard’s writing draws the reader in as each turn of the page leaves you wanting to know more about the story and its characters.”
CIR: What gave you the inspiration for this book?
HOWARD: I struggled with depression in high school, so I wanted people who have a season of depression in their lives to know that they are not alone with their struggles and there is hope.
CIR: What was the writing process like for your book?
HOWARD: I took a long time writing this book, as it was my first novel and I was right out of college when I started it. I had a few friends and family read it, give me suggestions, and then I edited, rewrote, reworked, and revised some more until it met my expectations.
CIR: Tell us about Jamie Walker, your main character.
HOWARD: She is one of four siblings who came from a close knit family and wants nothing more than forgiveness for past mistakes and a cozy family of her own.
CIR: What themes do you address in this book?
HOWARD: Depression, Christianity, family, forgiveness, secrets, lies, and suicide.
CIR: What do you hope your readers will get out of this book?
HOWARD: I hope readers will understand that everyone struggles with depression of one sort or another throughout their lives, and that God loves them even when it doesn’t feel like it.
Learn more about Valerie Howard and her writing at her website.