Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Chasing Lilacs

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Chasing Lilacs
FaithWords (June 17, 2010)


Carla Stewart

Carla Stewart’s writing reflects her passion for times gone by. She believed in Jesus, the power of the written word, and a good cup of coffee. She's a country girl living now in a mid-sized city with her engineering husband who just happens to be her best friend and biggest fan.She and her husband have four adult sons and delight in the adventures of their six grandchildren.


I grew up in the Texas Panhandle with two younger sisters and loving parents. Small town school. Great neighbors. Today, those small-town, fundamental things resonate within me -- the twang in people's voices, the art of being neighborly and just being a decent human being.

Growing up, I preferred the company of books over TV and playing outdoors. I imagined myself in many different careers, but given my down-to-earth raising, I settled on nursing. I didn't faint at the sight of blood and did well in science, so it seemed a natural choice.

I worked as a registered nurse off and on through the years, but primarily I stayed home with my four rambunctious boys and dreamed of the day when I could write the novels I loved to read. When our youngest son was in high school, I quit my job as a nursing instructor and settled in to pen my first novel. It's been quite a journey. One I wouldn't trade for anything.

I'm committed to writing the stories of my heart and am truly thankful to Jesus, my Savior, for allowing me this freedom. May all the glory be His.

Chasing Lilacs is her first book!

It is the summer of 1958, and life in the small Texas community of Graham Camp should be simple and carefree. But not for twelve-year-old Sammie Tucker. Sammie has plenty of questions about her mother's "nerve" problems. About shock treatments. About whether her mother loves her.

When her mother commits suicide and a not-so-favorite aunt arrives, Sammie has to choose who to trust with her deepest fears: Her best friend who has an opinion about everything, the mysterious kid from California whose own troubles plague him, or her round-faced neighbor with gentle advice and strong shoulders to cry on. Then there's the elderly widower who seems nice but has his own dark past.

Trusting is one thing, but accepting the truth may be the hardest thing Sammie has ever done.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Chasing Lilacs, go HERE.

Oh. My. Carla Stewart has penned a novel ripe with emotion. Sammie is at that difficult time of life, hovering on the brink of her teenage years, when uncertainty and insecurity are daily companions. Sammie's journey is made more difficult by the fact that her mother struggles with depression and finally commits suicide. Anger and guilt that she should have been a bigger help to her mother war with stark longing to know whether her mother loved her and a desperate effort to find a sense of belonging. Chasing Lilacs touched my heart.


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carla stewart said...

Thank you, Linda, for your lovely review. You've blessed me today, and I thank you for featuring Chasing Lilacs on your blog. I just happen to be a coffee addict and an RN in a former life, so I felt right at home. My best to you and yours.

Julia M. Reffner said...

As someone who has struggled with depression, this is on my must-read list for the summer. Great review, Linda.

Cathy said...

Wow another interesting sounding book. Cool, the author posted a comment.