I’m honored to have friend and fellow inspirational author Kate Breslin with us today, sharing about her upcoming release, As Dawn Breaks!
For Such a Time by Kate Breslin
Beloved verse 4:14 in the Book of Esther (NIV), the story of Hadassah, a woman forced to hide her true identity, and though she became queen with all of the material luxuries her rank afforded, she suffered her share of trials. Knowing her own people would die, yet doubting her ability to save them without revealing her secret. A woman who asked God more than once, “Why me?” when she didn’t understand then His great plans for her.
In my upcoming novel, As Dawn Breaks, my heroine Rose Graham explores this same question, when after a seemingly random event she’s offered a chance at freedom—to escape her misery by becoming someone else. And with every guinea of good fortune that finds her, she’s convinced her daring act was God’s plan for her all along—until her trials begin, and resurrect her old fears, making her falter and threaten to expose her secret. Her confidence in God’s plan begins to flounder as she asks, “Why me?” in much the same way Hadassah did thousands of years before.
Most of us have experienced something similar. One minute we’re counting our blessings and the next our lives are a shambles, and we find ourselves questioning God’s plan. We may even ask why He let this thing happen, or sadly believe we’ve been abandoned by Him and turn away. But God never leaves us, nor is He responsible for the bad. Like Rose, He gave us the freedom to choose, and our heavenly Father watches patiently while we, His children, stumble and fall then pick ourselves up only to stumble again.
In As Dawn Breaks, Rose is quite the accomplished seamstress. She can sew perfectly onto a collar the tiniest piece of lace and one day dreams to have dress shop of her own. If we could imagine for a moment each choice we make as a single piece of thread, and throughout our days those threads becoming a wall tapestry with hundreds of thousands of choices running together to create an image of our character. At times the image might become distorted, or even ugly in our eyes, as pulled-out threads represent the wrong paths we took or decisions we made. Yet God is the master Sewer and has His patchwork of Fixes. He knows what we will do before we even consider it, and He’s always ready to turn the bad into the beautiful if we just trust Him. He’s the only One who can make us better for our suffering—wiser, more resilient, stronger, confident. And He offers Rose these gifts, for she has bigger challenges ahead and will need all of them in order to succeed.
“Lord was this Your plan for me all along?” she asks, and if Rose survives she’ll understand that with God’s help, every choice, every circumstance in her life has brought her to this place, for such a time as this.
What a great message! Can’t wait to read it, Kate!
Former bookseller-turned-author Kate Breslin enjoys life in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and family. A writer of travel articles and award-winning poetry, Kate received Christian Retailing’s 2015 Best Award for First Time Author and her novel, For Such A Time, won the 2015 Carol award for Debut Novel. Kate’s fifth novel, As Dawn Breaks, releases November 2021. When she’s not writing inspirational fiction, Kate enjoys reading or taking long walks in Washington’s beautiful woodlands. She also likes traveling to new places, both within the U.S. and abroad.
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Kate has graciously offered to give away a copy of As Dawn Breaks (when it releases in November) or her most recent release, Far Side of the Sea (winner’s choice) (US addresses only).