About the book:
During a snowstorm, Betty Tanner finds herself stuck with her estranged husband. Spending Christmas with Glenn wasn’t what she had in mind, and her thoughts reluctantly travel back three decades to their first Christmas together, when another snowstorm caused her to wreck her car outside the Tanner home …
1954: Stranded with the Tanners over Christmas, Betty is forced into the company of Glenn, who has spurned her for years. But as the snow falls outside, the walls between Betty and Glenn begin to melt, revealing a side of him she never knew existed. A side she longs to know better.
Pride and bitterness can make a beast out of anyone. And the hardships they face in their relationship are of their own making. But can following Christ’s ways lead Betty and Glenn to the reconciliation they long for?
A.M. Heath invites you to spend Christmas with the Tanners in a dual-timeline novel loosely inspired by Beauty and the Beast. You’re sure to fall in love again and again.
Besides being an Indie Author, I’m a wife, mother of four, children’s Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What I’m not is a laundress (or at least not one who keeps up very well), a duster, tall, or patient in a doctor’s office.
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, and Contemporary Fiction, Time-travel, (Yes, you read that right!)
My Rating: 5 Stars.
Recommendation: 13 or 15 up based on maturity.
My favorite character/s: Scott, he’s adorable and sweet, and the right kind of guy for any love story, even if some characters don’t agree! I really liked him, and would love to see more of his story!
My Verse for Scott is Psalm 37:34
Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off. (English Standard Version.)
Liz was great as well, (You hear that “but”, coming, don’t you?) but at the beginning, I wanted to ask her how she couldn’t see what was right in front of her! And towards the end I thought she was a little dense, (Sorry, Miss Heath!) but by the end, I loved her, because she got past what I thought she needed to or rather would get past, and I loved how she developed throughout the book.
My Verse for Liz is Romans 8:28
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (English Standard Version.)
My thoughts: This story was awesome, (I use that word too much, don’t I? Anyway… Back to my review!) I loved the detail in every word, I’ve read a few of A. M. Heath’s books and so far I think this is my favorite! Sheesh, this book was so cool, I stayed up reading it way past my bedtime, which is allowed once in a while, right?
(I received this book as a gift but was not required to leave a kind review or for that matter leave a review at all! All the thoughts are my own.)
Second Review! (And the one I am supposed to do.)
Genre: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Past, and present, (Which I think includes as a genre.) Fairytale retelling.
My Rating: 5 Stars.
Recommendation: 15 up.
My favorite character/s: Matthew is my favorite character, I liked his teasing, happy, and open attitude, he was funny, and I really liked how he teased the other characters.
My Verse for Matthew is Philippians 4:4
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. (English Standard Version.)
I enjoyed getting to know more about Betty because she was interesting in the first book and I loved her book and A.M. Heath has written another sweet story!
My thoughts: As I said in my review of Lo, How a Rose, I have never read Beauty and the Beast, but I have watched VeggieTales Beauty and the Beet, read three or four retellings and enjoyed them, this was an enjoyable book with a hard lesson on how some people treat marriage. I liked how the book went back and forth at first I wasn’t sure I’d like, but it grew on me, and the ending was awesome! I can’t wait for the next book in the series!
(I received this book in exchange for my honest review, and I’m truly delighted to share it, all the thoughts are my own)
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What was the first story you completed?
I am so glad you asked that! I never get to think about my old friends anymore.
The first story I completed was a novel that I co-wrote with two other ladies. The interesting thing is, we weren’t planning to write a novel. I was a member of an online women’s group and thought it’d be fun to play the campfire story game. So I started the story and members of the group would take turns adding to it. Days, then weeks, went by and there was only the three of us playing with this story. By then, I was already plotting where I would take the story in the future. And to keep anyone else from “messing” with it, we pulled it off the public page and moved it to a private place to work on. Before I knew it, I had 2 more stories attached to the first and the other two ladies had dropped off. But I was hooked. And that’s when I began writing as an adult. At the time, my plan was to clean it up and share it with friends. But it wasn’t long until the Lord made it clear to me that I would be writing for the public and I would be starting with what turned into the Ancient Words series. As for the novel that started it all:
I titled it Love is Patient. I filed it and the unfinished 2nd and 3rd books away under The Love Series. There’s still some merit there, I think. And it’s possible that I’ll return and do something with the stories. But in a nutshell, the series is a continuation where one novel bleeds into the other, although I would be featuring new main characters with each story. They’re contemporary and set in a small southern town. Love is Patient features Anna and Jake, neighbors and friends with the possibility of something more. The series actually evolves into a mystery. Like I said, it’s a really neat concept that I may or may not make time for in the future.
Who is your biggest inspiration when you write?
WOW! That is such a tough question. Umm, I think … Well, because I tend to write from my gut, I don’t give much thought to who inspires me since I’m not trying to mimic any one person.
However, I think there’s a myriad of inspiration taking place. Obviously, I’m inspired by daily events and people around me as I craft my plots and characters. But if we’re speaking of who inspires me to write as I do, then there’s still a myriad of people.
My author friends play a role there. The life of an author isn’t all that glamorous. Not really. Not in the day to day moments. Seeing them persevere through the same difficulties I have to walk through, inspires me to continue on. There’s always the temptation to cut corners or to skip steps and seeing them push forward with their own drafts reminds me that cutting corners will not bring me a novel that I’m proud of.
The readers inspire me as well. Their love not just for reading but for MY books certainly plays a role in my work. I want to continue to bring stories that will edify as well as entertain. So I do work to some degree with the thought of pleasing them, keeping in mind that I will please Christ first even if that means sacrificing reader love.
Then there are my favorite authors. Every time I finish a book that just takes my breath away, I’m inspired to go out and do likewise. Just recently, I’ve fallen into this trap of comparing myself to other authors. And there’s always good and bad in comparisons. But this particular set that I was holding myself up against are the type who can churn out a novel every 2 months. I began to feel frustrated. Thankfully, God and a wise author stepped in to remind me that my style of writing is different. And I don’t mean to say that their work is less than. But my personal favorite authors just happen to be the ones who spend months, even a year or two, crafting a single novel. It’s more of a crock-pot style of writing, but my favorite authors have unknowingly inspired me to keep my eyes on this goal.
And saving the best for last, Christ inspires me. And I don’t mean that He lays me out in a trance or gives me novel ideas in a dream. But He is the driving force behind it all. Every story I develop, I want it to please Him. Everything I publish, I want it to glorify Him and touch the readers in the way He intended.
I don’t think a lot about the inspiration behind my style of writing. But these would be it. 🙂 So, thanks for making me stop and ponder these things.
Of the books you have published, which is your favorite?
Honestly, I think my favorite would be the one I’m about to publish titled Dance With Me. The heroine of the story is so broken but she covers it up with this sassy, flirtatious side. Add in the setting of 1959 and it was a ton of fun to write! But her brokenness requires healing. And when you view who she is and the journey she’s on, it’s a breathtaking love story.
BUT since you threw in the word “published,” I’m going to have to say Where Can I Flee. There’s something so endearing about your first publication. I can live to publish 100 books, but there will still only be one first. And I always felt like there couldn’t have been a better debut novel for me than that one. It incorporates so much of myself: my love for letters, Civil War, and even my personal salvation testimony.
Out of all your characters which is your least favorite?
OUCH! Lol Am I even allowed to answer that?
I suppose some would expect me to say a villain, but they’re surprisingly fun to write for. Some might expect me to say George Chandler, who to this day is my most difficult character to write. But if pressed, I would have to say that I have a character (who shall remain nameless) who was a contrast to those around them in such a way that I can’t help but feel like they failed to stand out as an individual. That’s probably more my fault. I wrote them as I felt was necessary, and maybe it’s not as bad as I think in my head. But in hindsight, after years of other books and characters living in my brain, there is one that seems to fade away. Perhaps that was what they always wanted to do. But hopefully, the lesson in the story stood out even if the character didn’t. It’s certainly a lesson that meant a great deal to me.
What is your favorite flavor of coffee or tea when you are writing?
As a Southerner, I’m typically drinking sweet tea. If it’s before lunch, I’m likely having some vanilla coffee or maybe an iced mocha.
Where you can find A.M. H:
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