As July fades into the hottest month of summer I'm happy to have Jennifer Slattery on Monthly Smiles. Her newest novel Healing Love, is sure to be a blessing to everyone.
Author, speaker, and ministry leader Jennifer Slattery writes for Crosswalk.com and is the managing and acquiring editor for Guiding Light Women’s Fiction, an imprint with Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. She believes fiction has the power to transform lives and change the culture. Healing Love is her sixth novel, and it was birthed during a trip she and her family took to El Salvador that opened her eyes to the reality of generational poverty and sparked a love for orphans and all who’ve experienced loss.
Her deepest passion is to help women experience God’s love and discover, embrace, and live out who they are in Christ. As the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries, she travels with her team to various churches to speak to women and help them experience the love and freedom only Christ can offer. When not writing, editing, or speaking, you’ll likely find her chatting with her friends or husband in a quiet, cozy coffeehouse. Visit her online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com and connect with her and her Wholly Loved team at WhollyLoved.com
What inspired you to write Healing Love?
The idea for this story came as I was flying home from a weeklong mission trip to El Salvador. At the time, all I had was a vague idea, but I knew the ending. Normally, that doesn’t happen. My stories usually start with a character that won’t leave me alone. I’ll know her struggle, her insecurities, her dreams, and soon, her arc. The plot points and endings usually evolve slowly.
How did you choose the title of your book?
It stems from the premise of the book—that no matter where we’re at, what we’re going through, or what we’ve experienced, God’s perfect and ever-reaching love heals us.
Jennifer, you’re so right. God is the strength that keeps me grounded. Please, tell us about your book.
A news anchor intern has it all planned out, and love isn't on the agenda.
Brooke Endress is on the cusp of her lifelong dream when her younger sister persuades her to chaperone a mission trip to El Salvador. Packing enough hand sanitizer and bug spray to single-handedly wipe out malaria, she embarks on what she hopes will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
But Brooke is blindsided by the desperation for hope and love she sees in the orphans’ eyes. And no less by the connection she feels with her handsome translator. As newfound passion blooms, Brooke wrestles with its implications for her career dreams.
Ubaldo Chavez, teacher and translator, knows the struggle that comes with generational poverty. But he found the way out – education – and is determined to help his students rise above.
When he agrees to translate for a mission team from the United States he expects to encounter a bunch of "missional tourists" full of empty promises. Yet an American news anchor defies his expectations, and he finds himself falling in love. But what does he have to offer someone with everything?
Is there a message in this novel, you want readers to grasp?
There’s two. First, God loves us deeply, and the more we learn to rest in and experience His love, the more healing we’ll experience. Also, God longs to love others through us so they too can be healed.
Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073R1MY1C?ref_=pe_2427780_160035660
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35380240-healing-love
Genre: Women’s fiction with a strong romantic thread
Dual setting—Southern California, and El Salvador
Jennifer, are you working on a new project you can tell us about ?
I feel I’m all over the place. I’m revising a small town romance that I hope to send to my agent soon. I’ll share the blurb here:
She’s trying to launch her future and reach her dreams; he’s trying to salvage the past.
When on of Texas’s historical painted churches is vandalized, glass blower Faith Nichols jumps on the chance to restore its once beautiful windows. She hopes the publicity will save her career but first she must learn to work with the small town, stubborn handyman—without falling for his cowboy charm.
Single father Drake Owns is determined to help save his parents’ farm and rebuild the church his family has attended for generations. His plans are complicated, however, when a city girl comes in with contradictory ideas and a playful nature that threatens to break through his strongest defenses.
Awesome. It sounds like another wonderful read. Jennifer, thank you for sharing your work in progress, and Healing Love with Monthly Smiles.
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