by Melanie D. Snitker
When a beautiful woman walks into his diner asking for a job, Joel Ash can’t bring himself to say no. The more he gets to know Anna, the more he’s convinced she’s hiding something. Intrigued and drawn to protect her, he prays he can ensure her safety and guard her heart. Even if it means risking his own in the process.
Anna Henderson is on the run. In a new town, she wants nothing more than to trust Joel and the family offering her a fresh beginning. She’s secured vital evidence that could put her obsessive ex behind bars and out of her life. But without the ability to access it, she’ll always be looking over her shoulder.
Worried her past will catch up with her, can Anna ever feel safe in Joel’s arms?
“A wonderful combination of romance, some suspense and faith that kept me reading to see what was going to happen next. It is also a story showing God’s love and protection for His children and also that there are second chances in life to finding happiness.”
“A very inspiring book about never giving up hope.”
“It was great to see Melanie spin together a fresh new set of characters in this opening to a new series. True to her style, she paints a family-centered atmosphere where the characters’ camaraderie and support draw you into their circle as one of their own.”
CIR: What inspired this series?
SNITKER: When I was a teenager, my parents, two brothers, and I lived a ways from the rest of our family during the holidays. My parents liked to invite people in our community who had nowhere to go to our house for a Christmas open house. I remember being surprised by how many people would thank us, saying it was the first celebration they’d had in years because normally they were alone. The truth is, there are a lot of lonely people out there in the world with no support to speak of. That’s what led me to writing the Life Unexpected series. I wanted to take a group of three friends who all went through foster care for different reasons. They graduated from the system with no support system in place. And they would’ve been alone if it hadn’t been for the choice to be there for each other and create a support system to help through everything life throws at them.
CIR: What was the hardest part of writing this story?
SNITKER: The hardest part of writing the stories in this series is exploring some of the horrible things that happened to these characters in the past. As I write, the characters become so real to me and it’s difficult to put together the details showing the ways they suffered, even if that is what made them who they are now.
CIR: Who is your favorite character and why?
SNITKER: I think Chess is my favorite character. He’s the oldest of the three and he’s the one that was instrumental in keeping them together. Chess is the kind of hero that goes through the kind of experiences that’ll break a person, yet he comes out on the other side determined to do what he can to protect the people he cares about.
CIR: What themes do you address in this story?
SNITKER: I address abandonment, fear, insecurity, faith, hope, and new beginnings. There are a lot of people out there who have no biological family to speak of for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, God places people in our lives at just the right time to stand in that gap. I hope my readers come away realizing that they can make a difference in someone else’s life through something as small as a smile or a hello. And I also hope that my readers know that, no matter how it might feel at the time, they are never truly alone.
CIR: Is there more coming? A sequel?
SNITKER: Yes, there are two more books coming. Someone to Trust will be released in May 2017 and the third book sometime in 2018.