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FB_IMG_1420092376999The loss of her beloved husband, Ryan, the pain of rejection, and the determination to make sure her children grew up happy and healthy caused Emma to live her life with a mask. The world around her thought she was doing well, but inside, she was raging. The return to her home town brought all the memories and emotions back into the light.

David wore his scars like badge of warning that said, “Don’t come near me. I am damaged goods.” But the real damage was in his heart. Damage he had brought upon himself and those he loved. He let the regret of his mistakes dictate who he let in. Including God.

Can he find forgiveness for his past from the one person he wants it from the most? Can she learn to love again and accept the path God has for her?

“Wardwell, is a vivid story teller. Inspiring, heartbreaking, thoughtful writing!”

“Wonderful story of a family and their ability to overcome adversity.”

“Sometimes forgiveness is the best Christmas gift you can give.”

It’s time for the union of Emma & Ryan. Eight years kept them apart. There was no way that bad weather and family emergencies would do the same, though it might delay things a bit.

“This story touched me on so many levels that it is hard to explain adequately in words how beautiful forgiveness is. It’s truly amazing when we can lay aside the past and look at the future God has planned for us.”

“Loved how the characters worked through their emotions, and as they worked through them so did I as a reader!”

Author note: The idea originated on a back road drive as I took my kids to dance classes in a neighboring town. I met up with a high school friend of mine after not seeing each other for almost 10 years, and she told me I should write. She is also an aspiring writer. Once I finished writing the story, I read over it to make sure I was ready to send it out there and realized it was an over-dramatization of the last four years of my marriage. Though my husband and I never divorced, it was like living with a stranger for a long time. In January of 2014, we had a heavy heart-to-heart and things began to turn around for us. We are in the best place of our lives right now.

5 Responses

  1. Pamela

    I read Melissa’s book just as it was being released. I, too, was very impressed with her book. Her storyline was wonderfully dramatic as I always wanted more and had a difficult time putting the book down. She did a great job in telling the story as well as the backstory. Her characters are well developed too.

  2. admin

    Thanks for chiming in. It’s always good to have a word-of-mouth recommendation. 🙂

  3. Ann Ellison

    I enjoyed the interview with Melissa and I loved her book. I definitely hope there will be another one to follow.

  4. Melissa Wardwell

    I am working on it now Ann. Thank you for all your support