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
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
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?