Welcome back, Jennifer! Would you tell us a little about When Dawn Breaks?
As the hurricane forces Jacqueline to evacuate, her need for purpose and restitution propels her north to her estranged daughter. The same path leads her into the arms of a handsome new friend. However, he’s dealing with his own issues, including a conspiracy that could cost him everything, and she isn’t sure if he’ll be the one she can lean on during the difficult days ahead. And there are the three orphans to consider. Must Jacqueline relinquish her chance at having love again in order to find peace? When Dawn Breaks is a contemporary romance novel filled with humor, romance, and intrigue along with characters overcoming life’s obstacles and embracing hope.
Much of this story deals with hurricane victims. Do you have personal experience with this, and if so, could you share about that?
Sure! We lived in Louisiana when Katrina hit, and though we lived far enough away from the storm to be unaffected personally, our town was soon flooded with refugee victims. It was a crazy, chaotic time! Churches were the first to respond, hosting refugees in their basements and offering aid like food and clothing. It was such an amazing, miraculous outpouring of grace!
The church we attended collected resources—everything from underwear to toothbrushes and food. We received so many donations, we began to line them along the pews with each pew labeled by category. This way, refugees could come and get what they need in a way that, hopefully, maintained their human dignity.
There was one woman in particular, I didn’t help her but a friend of mine did and told me about it. She was looking through the various pews, clearly not finding what she needed, but like many refugees, to ashamed to ask. So my friend randomly grabbed something from a bag labeled toiletry and handed it to her. It was a tube of hemorrhoid cream.
Seeing this, the woman teared up and said, “Thank you, sweet Jesus.” This was such an example of God’s incredible grace. Not only did He provide exactly what this sweet woman needed, but He gave it to her without shaming her. Isn’t that so like God? He always knows just what we need, often before we do! And He’s always attentive to our needs. 🙂
Indeed, God is good! What a neat opportunity to reach out to others who had lost so much. What do you hope your readers will take away from When Dawn Breaks?
I hope the novel moves them closer to Christ and towards a deeper level of surrender as they discover and embrace His call on their lives, whatever that may be.
I do. I love Ephesians 2:10, which says “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago” (NLT).
This verse tells me God created me for a purpose; that I have an eternal job to do, a role I was uniquely created to fill. I find that incredibly exciting! And knowing He planned all this long ago takes the pressure off. My role is to obey; the rest is up to Him.
I love that! Not that the obedience always comes easily, but we don’t have to worry about the rest… Did you have a favorite story/book as a child? Why was it a favorite?
Too many to count, however, there was one… I can still hear my father singing it. The title was “I’m Mr. Bun” and it’s the Russian version of the Gingerbread man. It’s probably been… hm… Do I really want to reveal my age? Let’s just say it’s been quite a while since I’ve heard that story, and yet I still remember much about it, and the time my father spent reading-singing it to me.
What a sweet memory. I can see why that would be a favorite! Thanks so much for taking time to visit with us today, Jennifer!
Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. She also writes for Crosswalk.com, Internet Café Devotions, and the group blog, Faith-filled Friends. When not writing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her teenage daughter and coffee dates with her handsome railroader husband.
Visit with Jennifer online at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.
What about you? Do you have a favorite/life verse? Please share with us in the comments!