Hello again, dear readers! Through September 11th (culminating with a list of winners), I have the privilege of chatting with all of the 2021 ACFW Carol Award Finalists! Today I’m continuing with Elizabeth Ludwig and her novella Carol Award finalist book Christmas in Galway! You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE and you can follow along with the posts HERE.
FYI – There will be 2-3 posts per day, many of which are offering a giveaway, so make sure you catch them all!
CHRISTMAS IN GALWAY
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Forget Me Not Romances
RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2020
It’s been two years since a drunk driving accident claimed the life of Elinor Walsh’s fiancé. Though she’s forged on to create a thriving design business for herself, the past still haunts her. Prompted by her friends, she finally capitulates and schedules a flight to Ireland—a trip that should have been her honeymoon. Armed with just a list her fiancé wrote and the keys to a rental car, Elinor heads to Galway, never dreaming that the people she meets there will change her life forever. Confronted with a choice—her past with an old friend or her future with a new one—will she finally be able to move beyond her grief? Or will she cut her losses, and her trip short, and miss out on the one thing she never expected?
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I asked the author…
What do you most want readers to take away from Christmas in Galway?
I was sad when I wrote this book. I’d lost three of my beloved pets in a terrible coyote attack, my dad was sick and making multiple trips to the hospital, and the pandemic was in full swing. To be honest, I didn’t feel like I even wanted to write. But then a reader emailed me and told me how much my author letter in a previous book had meant to her. She said she felt like she was reading about herself and her own insecurities. She finished by saying she’d copied my words and put them in a spot where she could read them every day and be encouraged by God’s encompassing love.
That simple email from a grateful reader was enough to remind me why I’d started writing in the first place. And I knew I had another message to share—one about grief, and despair, and finding strength in God in the midst of it all. That is what I hope readers take from this story.
Elizabeth Ludwig is a USA Today bestselling author and speaker, often attending conferences where she lectures on editing for fiction writers, crafting effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews. Book three in her popular Edge of Freedom series, Tide and Tempest, was named a finalist for the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Elizabeth was also honored to be awarded a HOLT Medallion for her book, A Tempting Taste of Mystery, part of the Sugarcreek Amish Mysteries series from Guideposts. Most recently, she was named a dual-finalist in the 2020 Selah Awards for her novella “In Hot Water”, part of the bestselling collection, The Coffee Club Mysteries from Barbour Publishing and Garage Sale Secret, part of the Mysteries of Lancaster County series from Guideposts. To learn more, visit ElizabethLudwig.com.
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What about you? What makes you want to read the novella Carol Award finalist Christmas in Galway by Elizabeth Ludwig? Or, if you’ve read it already, what did you love about it?