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Last fall we had an opportunity to be encouraged by June Foster (Hope for the Christian in Today’s World). I am happy to have June back to visit again today! This time, she’s sharing about her new novel, Restoration of the Heart, and offering to give away a copy, too! Before we begin, let’s take a look at the story. (This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full Disclosure Policy.)
Though a Christian, Luke Chamberlain ignored his values and indulged in his beautiful fiancé’s world of alcohol, parties, and nights at her apartment. After rededicating his life to the Lord, he vows never to fall into the lifestyle again. When the state of Idaho’s Tourism Department offers his construction company the contract to renovate Silver Cliff, an 1890’s silver mining ghost town, he accepts.
Janie Littleton studied history in college because life in the past is simpler than the uncomfortable reality of the present. With her extra pounds, eye glasses, and mousy brown hair, no man would find her attractive. When she’s offered the job of project historian at the restoration of Silver Cliff, she accepts. But as Luke Chamberlain shows an interest in her, she doubts his sincerity. To make matters worse, someone claiming to be the miner who founded Silver Cliff in 1890 intimidates her with frightening midnight visits.
Can Luke convince Janie he’s in love with the godly woman she is? Can Janie hold onto her faith as she’s harassed by frightening appearances of old Ezra Barclay who died a hundred years ago?
Welcome back, June! What inspired you to write Restoration of the Heart?
Last summer, my husband and I visited a deserted 1800’s mining town high in the Rocky Mountains called St. Elmo. I took pictures of the old buildings and walked the dirt streets, allowing my imagination to run wild. My author brain began to imagine a story where the state tourism department decided to restore an old mining ghost town. Since my editor asked for a story set in Idaho, the location changed from Colorado to Idaho which has its share of silver mining ghosts towns.
What a fun idea! Do you have a favorite character from this story? Why is this character your favorite?
I have to say the heroine. In Restoration of the Heart, Janie Littleton is a bit overweight, wears glasses, and believes herself unattractive. I wrote her with one purpose in mind—to communicate to the reader that God doesn’t look at what we look like on the outside, but sees the person we are within. In today’s world, beauty is key, especially among women. If we’re slender, have a gorgeous face, wear great clothes and makeup, then we’re esteemed. I wanted to create an interesting character who doesn’t fit into the mold, yet the hero sees the godly woman she is and falls in love with her nevertheless.
Most of us can probably relate to that feeling of inadequacy in some way. What do you hope your readers take away from this novel?
1 Samuel 16:7 says “For the Lord does not see as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” I’d like to give readers this perspective in hopes that if any, like Janie, feel they aren’t pretty or thin or cute enough, God says that’s not the most important thing. God’s word is truth, and the truth will set us free.
That’s such an important truth to remember, too. Especially with a culture’s ever-changing standards of what is “beautiful.” Have you given any of your own personality quirks to your characters? If so, would you be willing to share about it/them?
Yes, definitely. Even back in high school, I didn’t like my height or my nose and these days the spare tire around my middle. So verses like 1 Samuel 16:7 are valuable to me in gaining perspective of God’s point of view.
We are—each one of us!—beautiful creations. Especially when we seek to follow Him. We haven’t talked about sweets in a while, although they often pair perfectly with a good story… What is your favorite dessert? Would you be interested in sharing the recipe?
Sure. Key Lime Pie. It is so easy and quick to make. Could be the reason for the spare tire. 🙂
Here’s the recipe:
1 can Eagle Brand Condensed Milk
1 can frozen limeade
1 container of Cool Whip
1 pie crust
Mix the first 3 ingredients and place in crust. Chill for about 4 hours. Put slivers of lime peel on top before serving to garnish.
Easy does somehow make it taste better, doesn’t it? 😉 Thanks so much for sharing with us today, June!
Your turn! Are there any other verses that come to mind that are an encouragement during those times when we feel lacking in our appearance?
More about June:
An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. June’s book Give Us This Day was a finalist in EPIC’s eBook awards and a finalist in the National Readers Choice Awards for best first book. Ryan’s Father was one of three finalists in the published contemporary fiction category of the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest and Awards. Deliver Us was a finalist in COTT’s Laurel Awards. June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day, As We Forgive, and Deliver Us, and Hometown Fourth of July. Ryan’s Father is published by WhiteFire Publishing. Red and the Wolf, a modern day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, is available from Amazon.com. The Almond Tree series, For All Eternity, Echoes From the Past, What God Knew, and Almond Street Mission are available at Amazon.com. June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word. Recently June has seen publication of Christmas at Raccoon Creek, Lavender Fields Inn, Misty Hollow, and Restoration of the Heart. Visit June at junefoster.com.
‘Restoration of the Heart’ Giveaway:
June has generously offered to give away a copy of Restoration of the Heart. Giveaways are subject to the Giveaway Policy.