Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Cynthia Herron & Her Faith Restored

Posted January 5, 2022 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, Cynthia Herron, giveaway, romance / 75 Comments


Please join me in welcoming the fabulous Cynthia Herron to the blog today to welcome us to the small town of Ruby & her new contemporary romance, Her Faith Restored! Happy Release Day, Cynthia!

HER FAITH RESTORED by Cynthia Herron
SERIES:
Welcome to Ruby #3
GENRE: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
PUBLISHER: Mountain Brook Ink
RELEASE DATE: January 5, 2022
PAGES: 297

Can two polar opposites meet in the middle to achieve a winning outcome?

Sunset Meadows’ activity director Melinda Brewer has her work cut out for her. As a five-year veteran with the cutting-edge retirement community, “Mel” wears many hats. But her job is more than a title. The residents at “The Meadows” are like family—some of whom she’s known her entire life. Ruby—this little niche in the Ozark Mountains—may be a mere dot on the Missouri map, but it’s also Mel’s birthplace, the land of her heritage, reminiscent of old ways while cognizant of new seasons.

Leave it to new kid on the block Matt Enders to upset the apple cart. When Enders is hired as the facility’s new social worker, his idea of a well-oiled machine is to eliminate a few rusty cogs—chiefly, some of Mel’s most successful programs. Mr. City Slicker doesn’t care about making waves. He delivers a hurricane!

Matt Enders isn’t budging. Let Mel Brewer think what she will. While he’s willing to meet the pint-size package of TNT halfway regarding new ideas and innovation, he won’t sacrifice improvement for the sake of hurt feelings. Can he convince Mel that a team approach is better than a single-handed effort?

Ironically, crabby Clinton Farley, a Meadows’ resident and devout non-believer, is the catalyst that draws Matt and Mel closer. Together, the two must set aside differences to work for a common cause—introducing Clinton to a sunnier side of life and a new way of living.

When they finally learn Clinton’s story, can Matt and Mel open their hearts to new opportunities, as well as each other?

 

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Pack Your Bags ~ Stay for a While…Or Forever

by Cynthia Herron, author of Her Faith Restored

Today I thought you might enjoy learning a little more about Her Faith Restored, book three in my Welcome to Ruby series.

It’s a bitter-cold day here in the Ozarks, but let’s warm up with a cup of coffee and draw back the curtain on our little fictional town where there’s always pie and a smile to warm us.

Imagine, if you will, a quaint, cozy community wrapped in fall and nestled within the beautiful Ozarks’ foothills.

There’s a smattering of churches and well-lit homes, the Come and Get It Diner, Hattie’s Hair Care, and Nora and Ned’s General Market. A little farther down Main Street, we see Ernie’s Automotive and Marshall Reality. A few streets over is the local school, and out on the fringe of town, Sunset Meadows, a retirement community.

At the center of it all is Ruby, Missouri’s heartbeat—her citizens—our friends and neighbors who live there, good souls (with a few secrets) who’ve never met a stranger.

These quirky, lovable characters, despite their faults and foibles, easily endear themselves to those who visit and those who decide to stay for a while…or forever.

There’s Melinda “Mel” Brewer, Sunset Meadows’ Activity Director—the tenacious, five-year Meadows’ veteran, wearer of many hats and keeper of well-ordered systems.

Then there’s new kid on the block Matt Enders, recently hired geriatric social worker at The Meadows who is determined to repurpose a few rusty cogs in the center’s well-oiled machine—chiefly some of Mel’s most successful programs.

We spy a familiar face—Edwin Ramsey, pillar of faith and mission-minded prayer warrior.

Of course, there’s crabapple Clinton Farley, a crotchety, sharp-tongued widower destined to make Mel’s and Matt’s jobs miserable. Though they don’t know it yet, Clinton has a story. One that will draw the two polar opposites together as they work toward a common cause.

Town deputy and beloved local Horace J. Sapp, and Hattie our favorite hairdresser, Horace’s better half for twenty-five years and counting, reappear in this third installment of the Welcome to Ruby series.

Across the way, we spy Ida Mae Farrow, big-hearted and down-to-earth proprietress of the Come and Get It Diner—the locals’ favorite hang-out.

There are others.

Good folks like Nora and Ned Brewster, owners of Nora and Ned’s General Market, who help patrons shop for everything from A to Z.

Ernie of Ernie’s Automotive who knows his way around a vehicle like a surgeon does the golf course—er, operating room.

Wave with me, please, at Pastor Bill and Sister Sharon, the preacher and his wife who’ll bless your socks off…or at least offer to wash them for you!

And heavenly days, let’s not forget the cream in our coffee. The One who adds flavor to life and invites us to savor it.

Her Faith Restored, book three in my Welcome to Ruby series, is a frenemies-to-more love story in which two seasoned professionals with different ideas must set aside differences to help another. It’s about imperfect people facing real-life problems, perhaps, in a kinder, gentler season on the fringe of your own hometown and mine.

I started writing this series at a time I felt we needed a little more “feel-good” in this world. I find it’s as true now as it was then.

While some say fiction is merely an escape from reality—that it’s wasted, mindless drivel in light of real-life disasters—I would agree maybe that’s how it seems. And then I’d respond with this.

Is anything that draws us a little closer to God and makes us believe in humanity’s goodness ever really wasted?

Is immersing ourselves in fictional towns and characters, while weighing solutions to tangible problems, really mindless?

Are laughing and crying our way through a book less meaningful than the catharsis the evening news would offer?

Are living and breathing the same thing?

It depends on that word. Perspective.

But to me, you can’t have one without the other. And for those who choose to?

That’s why I wrote this book.

What do you like best about small towns?

Have you ever experienced a difficult work situation? How did you resolve it?


Cynthia writes Heartfelt, Homespun Fiction from the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Her Hope Discovered, her début novel and the first in a four-book series, released December 2018 with Mountain Brook Ink.

“Cindy” has a degree in psychology and a background in social work. She is a member of ACFW, ACFW MozArks, and RWA.

She is a 2020 Selah Award Winner, a 2020 Selah Award (Double) Finalist, a 2017 ACFW Genesis Finalist, a 2016 ACFW Genesis (Double) Finalist, and a 2015 ACFW First Impressions Winner. Her work is represented by WordServe Literary.

Besides writing, Cindy enjoys spending time with family and friends. She has a fondness for gingerbread men, miniature teapots, and all things apple. She also adores a great cup of coffee and she never met a sticky note she didn’t like.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Her Faith Restored by Cynthia Herron? What do you like best about small towns? Have you ever experienced a difficult work situation? How did you resolve it?

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75 responses to “Guest Post (and a Giveaway!): Cynthia Herron & Her Faith Restored

  1. Cathy French

    Sounds like a really good read. Working at a retirement community I bet would sometimes be really hard. I’ve had bad work situations but I always handled them appropriately. It is always amazing to me how grown adults act like children even in a professional setting.

  2. Megan

    This sounds like the perfect book to escape into. I completely agree with you Cynthia, I think fictional stories are so important and that when done correctly can draw us to God and help us see the world in a different light.

    • Megan, I wholeheartedly admit to wishing more small towns like (fictional) Ruby existed. Ruby is much like my hometown where I grew up and I cherish the memories there.

  3. Edward Arrington

    All of Cynthia’s books are good. I have read each one in this series and enjoyed them.

  4. Congratulations, Cynthia! I love your Ruby series and look forward to this newest story. I’ve lived in a few small towns and like the “take care of each other” attitude the communities all share. Blessings to you!

  5. So delightful to see this newest book from you pen and heart. Laughter is the best medicine and small town living has many opportunities for a good belly laugh.
    Thank you for sharing your insights about life an God in a sweet setting.

  6. Congratulations on your new release, Cynthia!

    I love living in a small town because I love the connection with others. We care about each other and share our lives in a thousand little ways.

  7. Anne

    This series sounds captivating and wonderful. Small towns are special since the individuals are warm and caring.

  8. Marisela Zuniga

    This sounds really good! I like how well people get along in small towns and how much they care for one another

    • Hi Marisela, there’s a unique spirit of togetherness in most small towns. I especially love how small towns rally together for holidays and community events.

  9. Lisa Cobb Sabatini

    I grew up in a small town, moved to a major city, and then returned to small town living. I prefer the atmosphere of small towns. These books sound beautiful.

  10. Eva Millien

    Congratulations on the release of Her Faith Restored, Cynthia! It sounds like a great book for me to enjoy as does the rest of the series! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a wonderful day!

  11. janet estridge

    What I enjoy about small towns is that everyone knows everyone.
    When you’re sick, the casseroles & desserts come rolling in,
    also when someone dies.
    If you need help, there is always someone close
    by to lend a hand.
    My town used to be that way 50 years ago but
    it is no longer the same.

    • Janet, I knew when I created the little town of Ruby, it would mirror the hometown of my childhood. It’s always a bit sad when towns change and evolve, but there are many that still embody that small-town spirit. 😊

  12. Bea LaRocca

    I love small town stories and the lovely cover and synopsis for this book make me want to read this story. Thank you for posting about this book

  13. Debra J Pruss

    The books sound fabulous. My Mom is in a nursing home. I can find the humor as well as how the residents look to the caregivers as family. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless you.

  14. Becky Kinard

    In all the craziness that is going on in our world, I love that you focused on God and the goodness of humanity. It is great that there are some books that uplift our spirits instead of dragging us down. Thanks for the opportunity & Happy New Year.

  15. Jeanna Massman

    I grew up in a small town. I love the closeness of the community! You know everyone and everyone cares about you!

  16. Charlene Drake

    What makes you want to read Her Faith Restored by Cynthia Herron? Cause we all could use some help sometimes.
    What do you like best about small towns? It’s so easy to run errands

    Have you ever experienced a difficult work situation? Haven’t we all How did you resolve it? After my jerk of a boss only got a slap on the wrist, I finished my last 3 years and retired….that will show em right? ;-(

  17. Julie Waldron

    The cover is beautiful and it sounds like an enjoyable read. I like small towns because you get to know people, everybody knows everybody.

  18. Patty

    I love small town stories. I grew up in a very small town, and as an adult live in a relatively small town (we do have a Wal-Mart) I just like the small town atmosphere.

  19. Barbara Montag

    The cover is so fantastic it makes me want to read this book!
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

  20. Julie Bickham

    I live in a small town, at Christmas one of the only two main streets we have looks straight out a Hallmark movie. I love living in a small town.

  21. Susan Smith

    I like the cover. I enjoyed living in a small town when I was growing up because we all knew each other and helped each other. I felt safe.

  22. Debbi Wellenstein

    I grew up in a small town. What I like best about small towns, is everyone knows you. What I like least about small towns is, everyone knows you!

  23. Perrianne Askew

    I’ve never read a Cynthia Herron novel, so I am definitely intrigued. I like a smalltown feel because there seems to be more warmth and neighborly individuals. The downside is that most of the time everyone knows your business!

  24. Christy R.

    I would like to read this book because it sounds heartwarming, and small town stories are fun because everyone knows each other’s business !

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