Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Guest Post from Author Robin Wells

It’s only fitting that my book, Still the One, is coming out in May, because May is Mother’s Day Month. The book is about Katie Charmaine, a small-town hairdresser who wants, more than anything, to be a mother. She’d given up a baby for adoption as a teenager, and although she was sure she’d made the right decision for the child, her heart had always felt the loss. As the book opens, it’s two years since her husband died in Iraq. She thinks that along with the love her life, she’s lost her chance at motherhood.

Imagine her shock when her first love, Zack Ferguson, shows up in town. Zack left town abruptly after sharing a single night of passion with Katie when they were both teenagers. Zack is not alone; he’s accompanied by Gracie, the daughter Katie last saw in the delivery room seventeen years ago. Gracie’s adoptive parents have died in a car crash. She’s got a smart mouth, a bad attitude---and a baby on the way.

I usually write romantic comedy, and although there are lots of humorous moments in this book, this novel touches on some deep issues. The romance between Zack and Katie deals with teen pregnancy, grief, loneliness and loss, and the secondary romance between Katie’s mother-in-law and father-in-law deals with divorce, infidelity, alcoholism and aging.

It’s not a dark book by any means, but it explores the complexity of relationships -- and there’s no relationship more complex than that of mothers and daughters! I wanted to write about how there are two sides to every story, and how everyone’s perceptions are colored by their own personal histories. I also wanted to write about the need to forgive not only others but ourselves, about the redeeming power of love, and about the importance of finding humor in even the worst situations.

I hope you’ll pick up a copy and read it for yourself--then I hope you’ll my website, robinwells.com, and share you thoughts about it. If you belong to a book club, you’ll find some discussion questions on my website.

Happy Mother’s Day, and happy reading!
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Carolee Sperry on Thu May 13, 10:08:00 AM 2010 said...

Visiting from Bloggy Moms.

Looks like an interesting book.

Have a great day!


Guest Post from Author Robin Wells

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