I am so excited to welcome Rachel Linden to the blog today to talk about her new book, Becoming the Talbot Sisters, a book I’m really looking forward to reading soon!
Rachel Linden is a novelist and international aid worker whose adventures living and traveling in fifty countries around the world provide excellent grist for her stories. Currently, she lives in beautiful Seattle, Washington with her husband and two young children. Rachel enjoys creating stories about hope and courage with a hint of romance and a touch of whimsy.
Twin sisters Waverly and Charlie Talbot have drifted far apart as they pursue opposite dreams of stardom and service to the poor. Now they must come together to face their fears, find their courage, and fight for what they love.
Celebrity chef Waverly Talbot has built a successful career with her home-entertaining show Simply Perfect. Yet she and her husband, Andrew, have never been able to realize the true desire of Waverly’s heart: to become a mother. Meanwhile Waverly’s twin sister, Charlie, buries her bitter disappointment and shattered idealism beneath a life spent serving others as an international aid worker in Budapest, Hungary.
When the beloved aunt who raised them passes away, Waverly and Charlie come together in their grief after living years on separate continents. Struck by a fierce desire to bridge the distance between them, Charlie offers Waverly and her husband the selfless gift of surrogacy.
But soon the sisters find they are each in danger of losing their jobs, seemingly putting their dreams on hold once again. When Waverly shows up unannounced in Budapest with a plan to rescue Simply Perfect, the sisters embark on an adventure across central Europe that could save them both from occupational hazards. Though the twins haven’t had to rely on each other since childhood, a dramatic turn in their journey forces them to stand together to save their careers, the baby, and each other.
Hi Rachel! Welcome back to the blog!
Rachel: Over! Under seems so…inaccessible.
Carrie: It really isn’t! Plus it rolls so much easier … haha!
Rachel: Neither! I’m naturally pretty high energy, so I have to stick to non-caffeinated options. Otherwise I act like I’m on fast forward! 🙂
Carrie: LOL – I bet you’re entertaining though 😉
Rachel: Both! I live in Seattle so amazingly I don’t have to choose. I can see the Olympic Mountains and Puget Sound from my kitchen window!
Carrie: I’m so jealous!
Rachel: Both! I prefer print, but while I was living for 5 years in Hungary, I relied heavily on my Kindle to access English language books. My faithful old first generation Kindle has traveled to about 35 countries with me. It’s my little book friend!
Carrie: That’s awesome! I really love both too – i just love reading, no matter what format it is lol. But i do have to say that my Kindle has made traveling so much easier. No more stuffing a bag full of 10-20 books because what happens if I read them all?!? Well… ok… I may still do this but it’s with much less anxiety because I have my Kindle as backup 😉
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Rachel: The ability to speak every language in the world. I’ve gotten into some pretty funny and sometimes sticky situations because of language barriers. This superpower would be so useful!
Carrie: oh goodness, I bet lol! A little taste of heaven too, perhaps ♥
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Rachel: Oooh, Laura Ingalls Wilder or Jo March. I love those strong ladies! They were excellent examples of women who persevered and triumphed against adversity in times when women didn’t have as many options and opportunities.
Carrie: Two of my faves as well!
Q: If I asked your characters to describe YOU as an author, what would they say?
Rachel: That I put a lot of my own personal life experience into each of my novels. I love to craft stories about strong women characters facing big challenges in life. Each of my books is about hope, courage and connection with a hint of romance and a touch of whimsy, all set in exotic locations around the world that are meaningful to me! My latest book, Becoming the Talbot Sisters, is set in central Europe where I lived for 5 years and has themes about infertility and miscarriage as well as sex trafficking, all issues that I have experience with and that are close to my heart.
Carrie: Such powerful issues too ♥
Q: Which of your main characters in Becoming the Talbot Sisters is most like you?
Rachel: The twin sisters, Waverly and Charlie, are both like me in different ways. Charlie is living in Budapest as an international aid worker and helping women who have been sexually exploited. She and I have a lot in common in lifestyle and motivation. I lived in Budapest for 5 years and worked with women in trauma. Her sister Waverly, a glamorous celebrity chef, desperately longs to be a mother but keeps having miscarriages, a struggle I can personally relate to. Waverly also loves food and cooking, which is a passion we share!
Carrie: I can’t wait to meet them on the pages!
Q:If Hollywood wanted to produce Becoming the Talbot Sisters as a movie, who would you want to be cast as the lead roles?
Rachel: I think Charlize Theron would make a great Charlie and Reese Witherspoon could capture Waverly perfectly!
Carrie: Oh wow! That would be an awesome movie just based on that casting alone!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Becoming the Talbot Sisters?
Rachel: I hope readers understand that they can courageously face life’s big challenges, that they can choose to be “every day brave.”
Every day brave is a simple concept but it’s not easy. It means standing with courage against life’s fear and challenges, believing that on the other side lies something even better. In particular, we women can face tremendous challenges in our lives, our careers, our family relationships, our roles as wives and mothers, sisters and daughters, in matters of the heart and in so many areas of life. Being every day brave takes guts, grit and a steadfast hope and determination!
Carrie: Amen. ♥
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Rachel: I’m just finishing up The Enlightenment of Bees, my third novel. It’s about an idealistic Seattle baker who, when her entire life unexpectedly crumbles, embarks on an international humanitarian trip to find her new place in the world (and possibly finds love again along the way).
Carrie: Another one I’ll love, I have no doubt 🙂
Rachel Linden is offering a copy of Becoming the Talbot Sisters – in either print or audiobook – to one of my readers! (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? What interests you most about this book?