I’m thrilled to have Elaine Marie Cooper with us today sharing about forgiveness from her novel, Love’s Kindling. Plus, you’ll have a chance to win your choice of either of her novels, so stick around to the end!
My latest book release, Love’s Kindling, focuses on the aspect of forgiveness. My heroine, Aurinda, has undergone a terrible trauma at the age of 5 when her father returns from war and takes her away from the only home she’s ever known. Laws in Colonial America were such that fathers owned their children, and the law was on his side, despite the cruelty of removing her from the only place she’s known love.
Further hurt occurs when she discovers a dreadful lie her father has told her:
“You could not have hurt me more if you’d cut my heart out! And to find the story to be a lie? How could you? You have been a constant source of pain to me my whole life. Your actions and words have hurt me to the core. But this … this is the worst of all injuries to my soul.”
Her aunt tenderly confronts Aurinda about the importance of forgiving:
“Look deep in your heart, Aurinda. Stay true to the faith yer mother longed for ye to have. Forgive yer father. I know ye may not feel the desire. But forgiven’ is not about the feelin’ of it, ‘tis about obeyin’ God.”
Aurinda replies, “’Twould take a miracle to bring me to forgive him. And I see no miracles today.”
Whether a great hurt or a small one, most of us can identify with hurts that are difficult to forgive. But the greatest truth we can glean from Love’s Kindling is that forgiving others is a decision, not something we do because we want to. Perhaps you can relate. I know I can.
Be blessed, Elaine
Elaine Marie Cooper’s most recent novel, Scarred Vessels, is a finalist in the 2021 Selah Awards Contest. Her novel, Love’s Kindling was the second-place winner in Historical Romance for the 2020 Selah Awards. Like many of Cooper’s books, they focus on the era of the American Revolution. She has authored several historical novels, a non-fiction memoir, and has been published in numerous anthologies and magazines. Although not a current resident of New England, Cooper’s heart for history was birthed there and continues to thrive.
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