Book 1: The Forever Stone
A young widow is determined to leave behind her agonizing memories and take a stand for independence. She joins her aunt’s home-restoration project in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and signs up for a baking course. But God has set His own plans into motion. He brings two men into her life, using them to teach her about His forever-love. At last she finds the courage to follow a new and challenging path.
“A young woman’s struggle with issues of domestic abuse, self-doubt and shame…a life-changing narrative of courage and faith that keeps the pages turning.”
“The interwoven lives of the characters created a tapestry that brought them healing, strength, and renewed faith.”
“I loved the characters. There was suspense, mystery and romance, all superbly written.”
Book 2: Deep Focus
A scheming woman.
A man she can’t fathom.
A mystery that endangers her career.
Is this how God answers Lindsey’s prayers?
Lindsey Dumont, photographer, travels to the rugged coast of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula to finish her photo essay on a rare breed of Makah dogs. But disaster looms for her project, and she decides to fight back. Now she must confront the man who deceived her and unravel a threatening mystery.
“It has wonderful teaching on true meditation and the best perspective on Christians forgiving those who have wronged them that I have ever read. If you love dogs, good food, rugged landscapes, diverse personalities, strong female and male characters, and thrilling suspense, here you go!”
CIR: What inspired this type of romance story?
REPP: For years, I watched, listened, and wept with a friend who had suffered from abuse, and I sensed her need to escape to another environment. Later, as I hiked in the NJ Pine Barrens, I found it a fascinating new world and thought it would be a good place for a bruised person to heal.
CIR: Is that what you’re hoping readers will get, too.
REPP: When a person is hurting, friends can be the key to healing and renewal, and I would hope my readers could see that in Mollie’s story. On another level, I would like readers to come away with a confidence in God, or at least a curiosity about Him–ideally, to realize as Mollie did, that God’s love can be trusted and it lasts forever.
CIR: Is there anything you dream of writing some day?
REPP: I’ve always loved historical fiction and I’m fascinated by the effects of cataclysmic historic events on ordinary people. Educated as a Canadian, I didn’t learn American history until my college days, and since then I’ve been intrigued by the complicated threads of the American Revolution. I’d like to write about it: not the war itself, but how it affected the lives of ordinary families. Perhaps one or another of the Dumont women–ancestress of Mollie and Lindsey–will take center-stage. Once again, the Pine Barrens will be my setting, since cannon balls were made there for General Washington. Ahead of me looms a huge amount of research. I know that…but I dream on.
Find out more about Gloria Repp and her books at gloriarepp.com.