Today is Release Day for my Civil War novel, Beyond These War-Torn Lands. What could be better? After nearly two years of research, writing, and waiting, I thought its launch would be the highlight of my week. But, it fell into second place after an amazing, unexpected blessing yesterday.
When one of my ARC readers emailed me explaining why she had been rather silent about the book, my first thought was that she hadn’t liked it. But as I read further, I realized that wasn’t the case. Instead, she explained that the novel had resurfaced some wounds from her past, and she’d had to process and work through them. The struggles my heroine faced were all too real to her.
TOUCHED BY WORDS
Though I won’t share details about what this reader went through, I was so touched by her words regarding Beyond These War-Torn Lands, I asked her if I could share them with you. Here are her words after she found peace with her emotions.
“They say the sign of a great author, is, making the reader feel something. You Cynthia Roemer, have more than done that! Reading this story, gave me the chance to see what I’ve gone through, with God’s love on my side and, a fresh look. Your messages have always been inspiring, this one, well, it was life changing.”
Life changing. I can’t tell you how soul-satisfying those words were to hear as an author. It has ever been my prayer that the Lord would touch the hearts of readers who read my novels. How thankful I am to know that this is one heart that has been touched. May the Lord touch others as well and bring healing where there is hurt.
I’ve entitled this new series the Wounded Heart Series because each book will feature at least one lead character who has a wounded heart that needs to heal. I covet your prayers as I delve into Book Two in the series. Without the Lord’s hand on it, the novel will be just words on a page. Thank you for your prayers!
BEYOND THESE WAR-TORN LANDS
The War brought them together ~ Would it also tear them apart?
While en route to aid Confederate soldiers injured in battle near her home, Southerner Caroline Dunbar stumbles across a wounded Union sergeant. Unable to ignore his plea for help, she tends his injuries and hides him away, only to find her attachment to him deepen with each passing day. But when her secret is discovered, Caroline incurs her father’s wrath and, in turn, unlocks a dark secret from the past which she is determined to unravel.
After being forced to flee his place of refuge, Sergeant Andrew Gallagher fears he’s seen the last of Caroline. Resolved not to let that happen, when the war ends, he seeks her out, only to discover she’s been sent away. When word reaches him that President Lincoln has been shot, Drew is assigned the task of tracking down the assassin. A chance encounter with Caroline revives his hopes, until he learns she may be involved in a plot to aid the assassin.
Beyond These War-Torn Lands has a special place in my heart, as much of it was written while undergoing treatments for cancer. I hope its message of Christ-like love over bitterness will speak to your heart as you read Drew and Caroline’s Story.