Welcome to Wacky Wednesday!
What is wacky about this Wednesday, you might ask?
It’s where the characters from my books take over my blog and social media accounts so you can get to know them. Happening every Wednesday until launch day (I think…they’re my characters but I don’t control them.)
Was It Really Love?
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What can I say about Jessica Smith? I understand her. In some ways, I empathize with her.
Look, it isn’t easy being in love with someone who doesn’t love you back.
Now I’m not sure what Jessica felt for Daniel was love…but she thought it was, and we have to put ourselves in her shoes.
Can you imagine how embarrassed she felt after everything fell apart?
She’s going to replay every interaction to see if there was anything she could have done differently.
Jessica’s going to scrutinize her character and her face and body to see if there’s something wrong with her.
She may manage to convince herself that something must be wrong with her for Daniel not to choose her over Brianna.
And then, she’s going to get angry.
Is She a Mean Girl or a Hurting One?
Maybe it’s because I see a bit of myself in Jessica. Or at least I see how I could have been her.
I was in college when I met Theo. He was my roommate’s brother, and I knew enough about Brianna to understand there was friction between her and her siblings.
Since I’d decided Brianna and I were going to be friends, Theo was off-limits.
But the heart wants what the heart wants, and it’s sometimes hard to redirect it to something–or someone–else.
Theo and I decided we wanted to give our relationship a chance and then poof! He disappeared.
Fast-forward about seven years, and I found myself in a situation where I had to rely on Theo. I won’t go into all of that here, but you can read His Perfect Family if you want to know the full story.
Where was I?
Right. I could have been Jessica, focused on the romance in my imagination until I missed out on the real life one unfolding before me.
We wanted to make her out to be the bad guy and trust me, she worked hard to earn that title. But I think she’s been acting from a place of hurt.
If she can’t find grace among those who align with Christ, where will she find it?
Maybe She Needs Grace
I don’t know all the hurt Jessica is dealing with as our friendship is new, and we’re still getting to know each other. Even so, I believe a lot of it has to do with her mother.
My parents take some getting used to, and in my teenage years, I may have wished for another set a time or two, but I’ve never doubted their love for me.
They are my rock, supporting me in every area of my life. I can’t imagine not having them in my life.
Jessica walked a different path. She grew up believing her mother didn’t love her. That she’d been abandoned.
Can you imagine growing up like that?
Maybe you don’t have to imagine. Maybe that’s been your experience as well. So let’s show Jess a little bit of grace and give her the chance to tell her story.
About His Perfect Choice
He’s loved her from a distance, but she’s too blind to see it. Can he prove that he’s the man of her dreams?
Jessica Smith has always prided herself on being in control. But when her vision of being the perfect pastor’s wife falls apart, she’s forced to confront her vulnerability. As she battles weakness and fatigue, she attributes it to a stubborn cold until a diagnosis of Guillain-Barré Syndrome shakes her world. Determined to overcome the illness, she’s thrown into a challenging journey with her physical therapist, Andre Meyers.
Andre has been in love with Jessica for years but watched her chase after someone who didn’t know she existed. When he’s assigned as her therapist, Andre sees this as a chance to show her how much she means to him. As they work together, they must confront their past and discover that God can use brokenness to create a beautiful ending.
Will they take a chance on each other and find their happily ever after? Find out in this heartwarming tale of hope, faith, and second chances.