I have a special treat for you today! Author Kelly Goshorn is visiting with us to share an excerpt and to chat about her book “A Love Restored”. Be sure to stick around until the end to enter the giveaway!
Kelly has been enjoying her own happily-ever-after with her husband and best friend, Mike, for 28 years. Together they have raised three children, four cats, two dogs, a turtle, a guinea pig, a gecko, and countless hamsters. Thankfully, not all at the same time. When she is not writing, Kelly enjoys spending time with her young adult children, scrapbooking with friends, board gaming with her husband, and spoiling her Welsh corgi, Levi.
With pert opinions and a less-than-perfect figure, Ruth Ann Sutton doesn’t measure up to Society’s vision of a perfect lady. When she accepts a position teaching in a Freedman’s School, it threatens the only marriage offer Ruth Ann is likely to receive. She’s forced to choose between life as a lonely spinster or reinventing herself to secure a respectable proposal.
Determined to rise above his meager beginnings, Benjamin Coulter’s reputation as a fast learner and hard worker earns him the opportunity to apprentice with a surveyor for the railroad—a position that will garner the respect he craves. After a chance encounter with Ruth Ann Sutton, Benjamin is smitten with her pretty face, quick wit, and feisty personality. When others ridicule his choice, will Benjamin listen to his heart or put ambition first?
Loudoun County, Virginia
Benjamin Coulter cringed as the shrill tune hung in the air. That woman sure knew how to ruin a Sunday afternoon. Sounded like something was dying and needed to be put out of its misery.
He shook his head. All he wanted to do was rest a while longer. His decision to go around his headstrong superior and talk to Mr. Farrell directly about his boss’s inaccurate measurements had made for a nerve wracking week. That decision could have cost him his job. Thankfully, his discovery had been received well, saving the struggling railroad both time and money.
Benjamin leaned against the sycamore tree and tossed his line into the creek. A slight hint of remorse nicked his conscience. He now sat poised to guide the construction of the Washington & Ohio Railroad through the town of Catoctin Creek and over the Blue Ridge Mountains to Winchester, but he hadn’t intended to get his boss fired. If only the man hadn’t refused to admit he’d made a mistake.
Yep, it was all coming together. Just the way he’d hoped it would when he agreed to leave Texas and take this apprenticeship in Virginia. All he had to do was pass that examination next spring and…
He shuddered. The woman’s screeching escalated to a bone-grating pitch. She’d frighten the fish away for sure. Like most folks, Sunday was his day off, and he didn’t intend to spend it listening to her sing off-key.
Wedging his pole in the mud of the creek bank, he set off to investigate. Her ear-piercing slaughter of The Merry, Merry Month of May led the way. He spied his first glimpse of the lyrical assassin through the thin limbs of a dogwood tree. Perched on a large, flat rock at the edge of the creek, she swirled her bare feet in the water. Behind the rock sat a pair of woman’s boots—fancy ones. Too bad she hadn’t spent some of her shoe allowance on singing lessons. Her voice cracked. “The skies were bright, our hearts were light, in the merry, merry month of May…”
Benjamin winced. That was the fourth time in a row she’d sung that part. For the love of Pete, didn’t Miss Fancy Boots even know the words? He needed to put a stop to this so he could continue fishing—and napping. He stepped forward then stopped. The woman reached up and removed a pin from her hair, then another. Mounds of long chestnut brown ringlets spilled over her shoulders into the middle of her back.
Curls. He groaned. Why’d she have to have curls?
“The skies were bright. Our eyes were light…”
Never mind. Curls or not, the woman’s voice could haunt the dead.
Welcome, Kelly! I’m so glad you could visit with us today and share about your new book!
Hi Trisha, thank you for having me on Joy of Reading. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you lately through all our mutual friends on Facebook and look forward to spending time with you and your readers today.
Q: What is your favorite season, and why?
Kelly: Definitely, fall. I love the cooler temperatures, the crisp air, harvest festivals, pumpkin flavored everything magically appears on grocery store shelves and let’s not forget those leaves. The Blue Ridge mountains are covered in a vast array or orange, yellow and red that never gets old. I’m always in awe of God’s artistry.
Trisha: Fall is a lovely time of year. I grew up in the Blue Ridge mountains and the colors just can’t be beat!
Q: What is the best part of your day?
Kelly: I really enjoy the early morning. I get up around 4:45 or 5 am and the house is so quiet. I make a cup of Earl Grey tea and have some prayer time then start writing.
Trisha: I enjoy mornings, but you have me beat by about an hour!
Q: What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?
Kelly: Great question—the books that made me fall in love with Christian historical romance were the Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke (well just about anything she wrote) and Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I also loved all of DeAnne Gist’s books.
Trisha: Those are some wonderful author’s, I’ve enjoyed their books also!
Q: If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?
Kelly: Cory Asbury (Reckless Love), Toby Mac (I Just Need You), Mandisa (Unfinished), Matthew West (Mended), Jordan Feliz (Witness) and Elevation Worship (Come to the Altar ).
Trisha: I’ve not yet listened to Cory Asbury’s music. I’ll have to go listen to a sample on iTunes!
Q: Did the plotline or the characters come first?
Kelly: Since A Love Restored is based on my real-life romance with my husband, Mike, the plotline definitely came first.
Trisha: I do enjoy stories based on real-life experiences!
Q: Which character took you by surprise?
Kelly: Tough question but I think I’d have to say Ruth Ann’s brother-in-law, Joseph Palmer. Although I always envisioned him as tender, kind and protective, I was surprised when his back story emerged and placed him in the mentor role, persuading Ruth Ann to trust again.
Q: What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?
Kelly: While writing ALR I worked nights at Target and often returned home after midnight. I’d be wide awake and sometimes write or edit until 2 or 3 am. That’s funny because I’ve completely become an early morning person now and am usually in bed by 9:30.
Q: What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?
Kelly: Considering the second draft was 116,000 words, lots of things didn’t make it into the final copy? LOL! I had several chapters where Ben & Ruth Ann traveled to Pennsylvania to meet his family. There were several comical scenes where she learns to gather eggs and milk a cow.
Q: What are you currently working on and how long till we can read more?! (I’m eager to read more amazing stories can you tell?)
Kelly: I do not currently have anything under contract, so I do not know how long it will be until I have another story published but I am currently working on a series set in Civil War Virginia. Surrendered Hearts examines what happens when God calls us to surrender those things we hold most dear. Characters are called to sacrifice their dreams and ambitions, their pride, and ultimately their hearts as God recklessly pursues each of them. Hearts and wills are challenged, and lives transformed as characters experience restoration with one another and with God.
Trisha: Thank you, Kelly, for visiting today! It was great getting to know you and your story a little better! I’ll be sure to watch for your next book!
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