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About the Book
Thirteen years ago, pediatrician Hope Michaels was the fool-hearted girl who came home from college to learn the man she loved was engaged to her twin. But now to move on with her life and accept a proposal of marriage, she must confront the one man who holds the key to the wounds of her past.Fire Captain Carl McGuire can put out any flame, except for the one Hope sparks within him. As she stirs up his life and heart, Carl knows some things never change. Even a past he’d rather keep hidden.
When a new neighbor moves in across the street who would be a perfect fit for their family, Mary and Brody form a plan to bring their dad and Hope together. But how will it work if Hope keeps pushing him away?
In My Opinion (Review)
When Hope returns to her hometown, she’s shocked to discover her house is directly across the street from Carl. How can she handle living so close to the man who not only stole her dreams of the future but also stole her twin sister from her? And why, after all the hurt, all these years, can she not let go and move forward to find her own happiness.
There is a depth of characterization in this novella that is sometimes difficult to find in these shorter stories. With the history Hope and Carl share, as well as the family, I was immediately wanted to know more about them.
With themes of forgiveness, second chances, and following your heart, To Gain a Mommy is an excellent choice for a story with some meat to it when you’re not quite ready to start that next novel. Add in a couple of precocious kiddos, a dog, and chocolate, and there is plenty to love about this one.
I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
About the Author
Tanya Eavenson is a bestselling and an award-winning inspirational romance author. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book.
Guest Post from Tanya Eavenson
I’d like to thank Celebrate Lit for featuring my first novella in my Gaining Love Series, To Gain a Mommy, for this tour. I’m looking forward to visiting with you along the way!
Recently I was asked to share what inspired me to write To Gain a Mommy. Believe it or not, my inspiration came from a prayer.
Last year my employer offered me a great promotion, but the catch was I’d have little time to spend with my family. So I prayed, asking God for direction for my family, my job, and my writing.
God knows us so well. He knew I had a desire to work with other authors and to write my first novella. He also knew that without a push, I wouldn’t do it.
It all began with a simple post on my Facebook timeline. Another writer posted that she had messaged me but wanted to let me know since FB has a couple of message boxes (I had no idea!). I clicked on my messages, and there it was—the extra message box, filled. As I read through the messages, I found one asking if I’d be interested in joining a novella boxed set. Right away I knew God had answered my prayer.
Needless to say, I didn’t take the position at work and joined the boxed set. Since then, To Gain a Mommy has become an international bestseller and has been a finalist in two contests. My Gaining Love series continues to grow, with the third novella, To Gain a Bodyguard, releasing in time for Christmas. Isn’t God good!
The Lord tells us to trust in Him and that if we do, He will direct our paths. It still amazes me how the Lord works behind the scenes in our lives to give us hope and a future.
Yes, God gives us hope. He gives us a future. This is why I named my heroine in To Gain a Mommy Hope. Romans 5:5 says, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (NKJV). Although my heroine can’t see her future or what it might hold, she is reminded that God will not disappoint.
The Lord reminds us of the same in our own lives.
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September 24: Christian Bookaholic
September 25: Karen Sue Hadley
September 26: Singing Librarian Books
September 27: His Grace is Sufficient
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October 1: Bibliophile Reviews
October 2: Quiet Quilter
In honor of her tour, Tanya is giving away a grand prize package consisting of a $5 Amazon Card and pillow cover from Redbubble! Click the link below to enter! https://promosimple.com/ps/c141
Marilyn R says
To Gain a Mommy is the perfect read when time is limited instead of starting a novel. A nice review of this story filled with hope, God’s forgiveness and second chances.
Suzie Waltner says
Tanya Eavenson says
Suzie, thank you for hosting me and for sharing your lovely review! I’m so glad you enjoyed To Gain a Mommy! Have a wonderful weekend!
Suzie Waltner says
You are welcome! It was a fun read! Thanks for stopping by.
Tanya Eavenson says
Thank you so much, Marilyn! Grateful for your visit!
Linda Moffitt says
Sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing the book and the giveaway with us.
Suzie Waltner says
You are welcome! Thank you for stopping by.