Please join me in welcoming the delightful Jennifer A. Davids to the blog today to chat about her book A Perfect Weakness!
Jennifer A. Davids is a self-professed book nerd. The shelves of her office are overflowing with books and there are stacks of them by her bedside. When she’s not reading, she’s dreaming up a new story to tell her readers. She lives in Central Ohio with her husband, two children, and two cats.
A PERFECT WEAKNESS
GENRE: Inspirational Historical Romance
RELEASE DATE: July 25, 2018
The Civil War left its mark on Dr. John Turner. He turns his back on medicine and sees his unexpected inheritance in England as an opportunity to start over. But he never imagines how God intends to use his new role as lord of Ashford Hall or the beautiful woman he finds there to ease his troubled soul.
A tragic loss led Penelope Howard to bury her heart and dreams in her work for the Hall and the village of Woodley. But the arrival of the new heir stirs not only her discarded longings but her compassion as well. What burden does he carry that he can’t accept that grace covers the darkest of sins?
A deadly epidemic sweeps through Woodley revealing secrets which threaten everything. The doctor faces a choice: leave or dare to believe what the Lord whispers through the woman John has come to love.
No one is beyond redemption.
amazon affiliate link used
Also available to read for FREE with Kindle Unlimited
Hi Jennifer! Welcome to the blog! Thank you so much for chatting with me!
Jennifer: First, it’s my pleasure, Carrie. Thanks for having me! I have to say winter, always winter. I have an intense dislike of being hot. In my humble opinion, it is easier to stay warm than it is to stay cool. I mean, in winter one can pile on the blankets and make coffee. In summer you can only – ahem – disrobe so much!
Carrie: LOL so very true. My vote is for winter too.
Jennifer: Cats. Not to say I dislike dogs, though. I’ve owned both in my many moons on this planet. My husband is allergic to dogs and, from his point of view, dogs are a little more labor intensive than he’d care for so we’ve always owned cats. We have two right now, Marli and Peaches. Fun fact: Peaches is our male cat. We adopted him and that’s the name he came with.
Carrie: haha you be you, Peaches 😉
Jennifer: Oh Netflix. I know this is an unpopular opinion but I’m not really a Hallmark fan. And my viewing preferences are quite eclectic. I can watch a rom com one day and watch a show about serial killers the next. I’m sorta weird that way. LOL!
Carrie: LOL. (Confession: I’m not a fan of ‘regular’ Hallmark either but I do love the mysteries channel.)
Jennifer: Coke. Always. The theme in my kitchen is Coca Cola and I’ve been to the World of Coke in Atlanta four times. My kids like to torture me though. They take my beautiful Coke glasses and drink Pepsi out of them!
Carrie: Yay for a fellow Coke fan. One thing i love about visiting my family in Atlanta because the cokes are so much better here lol
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Jennifer: The ability to stop overthinking. Everything. Sometimes I feel like it would take something as immense as a superpower to get me to stop. Anne Bogel has a book about overthinking coming out next March that I think I need to buy!
Carrie: My husband is the same way!
Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?
Jennifer: Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. That girl has spunk and is unfailingly kind to everyone she meets. And have you ever noticed how unflappable she is? Even the very first time she got dropped into Oz? She kills a witch, meets another one, goes inside her house, takes a bath, then sets out on a journey to get herself home with such a cool head. I had some not-so-happy times in my childhood and Dorothy was always there to take me to Oz and forget about reality for a while.
Carrie: LOL!! I hadn’t thought about Dorothy as unflappable but you’re so right.
Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Jennifer: A little over a year ago, our family moved into a new house. My amazing hubby walled off the front room, installed a pocket door, and laid a hardwood floor so I could have an office. It is a deep eggplant purple with white trim, it has as many bookshelves as I could fit into it (all full of books, of course), a small couch for my cats (and me) to lounge on and a big beautiful desk we got for a steal at an estate sale. It also has a three side by side windows which lets in the morning sun and I can’t think of a better place to sit down and write. There are pictures of it on my Instagram page if you want to see for yourself.
Carrie: That sounds gorgeous!
Q: Were there any songs that inspired you as you wrote A Perfect Weakness?
Jennifer: I usually write to instrumental music, so I frequently wrote and edited A Perfect Weakness to the Downton Abbey soundtrack. But “Worn” by Tenth Avenue North really helped inspire John Turner’s character. It just epitomizes where he’s at the very beginning of A Perfect Weakness. If you listen to the words it will put you in John’s frame of mind – he’s beaten himself down, life has beaten him down, and he’s just done. So when he meets Penelope, this young woman with a restful, soothing nature, her spirit is a powerful balm to his and he’s drawn to her in spite of himself.
Carrie: I love that song by Tenth Avenue North!
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in A Perfect Weakness?
Jennifer: Well, A Perfect Weakness isn’t my first book. I did three books with Heartsong not long before they shut down. I hid a very brief, very blink-and-you’ll-miss it reference to the hero in Wounded Heart, the second book in that series. I’m not going to say what it is though, you’ll just have to read both and see if you can find it. You can get Wounded Heart separately as an ebook or in the three-in-one compilation, Brides of Ohio.
Carrie: ooo i like the way you think 😀
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from A Perfect Weakness?
Jennifer: I think I would want them to really take the tagline (No one is beyond redemption.) to heart. In the book it’s the main character’s internal discovery but I hope readers see it as more than a personal journey. That it’s for other people as well – ALL people not just the ones we sit beside in church. The world is so ugly and Christ came to offer forgiveness and hope. He himself said He came to save the world, not condemn it (John 3:17). It’s easy to look down on people’s past mistakes; it’s harder to try to understand those mistakes – the ‘why’ behind them – and offer grace and mercy. I know I’m not very good at it at times and I hope I remember that tagline when I’m tempted to be harsh and judgemental. God wants us to find the balance between love and truth, mercy and law. You should never hesitate to reach out to someone because you think they are too far gone. To God they are never beyond his grace and love.
Carrie: Amen & amen & 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.
Jennifer: Right now, I’m working on a novella about a certain secondary character from A Perfect Weakness. My plan is to indie publish it in ebook form sometime early next year.
Jennifer A. Davids is offering a signed, print copy of A Perfect Weakness and a $10.00 Amazon Gift Card! (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 Jennifer A. Davids and/or A Perfect Weakness?