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Patty Smith Hall has published several books, and I am happy to have her visit today to share with us about her newest contemporary romance, New Hope Sweethearts. Before we visit, here’s a quick look at the story.
After ten years of caring for her invalid grandfather, Kallie Huffman is ready to claim her life as her own. Taking a job in the laboratory of New Hope Community Hospital seems like a logic choice while she waits for her nursing license to be reinstated. That is until she meets Lab Director Jefferson Muster. Kind and intelligent, the handsome doctor is everything Kallie has ever wanted in a man. But what about having a life of her own?
He’s never needed anyone’s help. . .until now.
Patients are dying at New Hope Community Hospital, and Jeff needs help to discover the culprit before another family loses a loved one. When help comes in the person of Kallie Huffman, the walls Jeff has constructed around his heart after a family tragedy start to crumble. But Kallie craves a life on her own terms. Can two people shaped by heartache trust in a love to last a lifetime?
Welcome, Patty! What inspired you to write New Hope Sweethearts?
New Hope was my way of healing after my grandfather’s death from Alzheimers. As one of his caregivers and a RN, I couldn’t help but wonder if I’d hastened his death by the decisions I helped my mother and uncles make about his care. And I wasn’t alone in those feelings—my mother dealt with them too. It was then I noticed many books dealt with actual process but few dealt with the emotional baggage caregivers carry long after their loved one is gone.
Oh, that must have been so hard! I’m sorry you had to travel that path, but what a blessing to share your encouragement with those who are just beginning. What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
That if you’re a caregiver, you’re not alone in feeling you’re not doing enough, and that guilt, no matter how misplaced it is, can drive a wedge in your relationship with the Lord. It’s a matter of trusting His plan for our loved one, and something I, like Kallie, had trouble doing with my granddaddy.
I imagine it’s much “easier” to feel the full weight of responsibility than to give it to the Lord… Which authors/novels have had the greatest impact on your writing?
Well, that’s a tough question. When I was a child, I loved Louisa May Alcott—not just Little Women, but her other works like Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, An Old-Fashion Girl and Under the Lilacs. I can’t tell you how many times I read those books as a child! Gilbert Morris has also been a great influence on me—I loved the Dr. Cheney Duvall series he wrote with his daughter Lynn and still have copies on my keeper shelf.
It’s been years since I read the Cheney Duvall books, but I loved them! What are you working on now?
I just published A Home for Christmas, a novella that’s part of the Christmas Mail Order Angel Series and have my fourth Love Inspired Historical, The Baby Barter coming out in January. I’ll finish out the year working on edits for a manuscript based in the 1830 Georgia gold rush then I have three novellas, the second New Hope book as well as a new series proposal for Love Inspired Historical to work on.
Wow — you have a lot on your plate! Thanks so much for taking the time to share with us today, Patty!
More about Patty:
Patty Smith-Hall is a multi-published author with Love Inspired Historical and currently serves as president of the ACFW-Atlanta chapter. She calls North Georgia her home which she shares with her husband of 30+ years, Danny; two gorgeous daughters and a future son-in-love. Her next release, New Hope Sweethearts is now available on Amazon.
Coming Soon by Patty Hall:
Home from the war, army nurse Thea Miller is determined to adopt her late sister’s baby and begin a new life. But someone else has the same intentions—the town sheriff and Thea’s old friend, Mack Worthington. Now, in order to keep her niece in the family, Thea must reach an agreement with him.
Mack isn’t sure Thea—whose actions once hurt him badly—is committed to baby Sarah. And a judge may never approve a single-parent adoption for either of them. But what if they got married? It would be a marriage in name only. Yet the more time Mack spends with Thea, the more he begins to believe their pretend family can become the real one they’ve both been longing for.
Patty is offering to give away an ebook copy of New Hope Sweethearts AND a paperback copy of her upcoming The Baby Bond. To keep things simple, there is only one Rafflecopter. When the entry period ends, I will draw two winners. The first name drawn will win the paperback and the second will win the ebook. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.