Today I’m happy to welcome author Sara Jane Jacobs and spotlight her new book, Season of Hope.
I began writing as a hobby while raising my two children. In 2015, I dusted off my stories and my dreams to see if I could turn my hobby into a career. My first story, Season of Hope, was inspired by summer vacations which always included a trip to Franklin, North Carolina, to visit family and explore The Smoky Mountains. When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time with family. I love most any activity that involves being outdoors, especially camping, hiking and spontaneous excursions to splash in the ocean. I currently live along the Emerald Coast of Florida with my cat Selah and her delightful offspring, Colby, Jack and Tuesday.
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When Amanda Jarvis prays that a special friend will move into the vacant house near her isolated mountain home, she isn’t upset when God sends a boy instead of a girl. But Amanda’s not the only one receiving unexpected answers to her prayers. After fleeing with his mother from an abusive father, Tyler Armstrong finds much-needed love and acceptance with Amanda’s family over the next ten years.
As high school graduation nears, Tyler is shocked when one carefree afternoon with Amanda churns up an inner turmoil he would have never imagined; he’s crushing on his best friend. And for the first time in his life he’s hiding a secret from Amanda. Convinced the timing is all wrong, Tyler pushes his feelings aside as he and Amanda prepare for the future. He will soon begin training to pursue his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL, while Amanda makes plans to spend the summer in Manhattan with her aunt and then return home to the community college.
When Amanda’s summer job catapults her into a modeling career, she readily accepts the much-needed distraction. Tyler’s impending deployment is turning her world upside down. Along with the fact that she’s falling for her best friend. And, for the first time in her relationship with Tyler, she’s hiding a secret, too.
Phoebe Garrison, Amanda’s controlling aunt, is thrilled when she is given the power to act on behalf of her underage niece. Bored with her Fortune 500 advertising agency, becoming Amanda’s manager is just what she’s been looking for to rekindle her aspirations. But as Tyler becomes aware of Phoebe’s obsession to push Amanda into supermodel status, tensions rise. As the three of them become entangled in a mass of concealed ambition and desire, each will make decisions that will send ripples of turbulence across their futures.
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– An eBook of Season of Hope
As Amanda prepares for her high school graduation and Tyler’s inevitable departure for boot camp, she is thrilled when her aunt extends an invitation for her to come and spend the summer in New York. She can’t imagine that her father won’t see it as a great opportunity for her. But when she springs the news on him at dinner, she is fast to realize he is opposed to the idea, as we can tell in the following excerpt from Season of Hope.
“No.” Ethan’s tone was firm. “I’m glad Phoebe is making an effort to get to know her niece after all these years, but I will not agree to you living with her in New York.” It was their first night home after the weekend, and Amanda had blindsided her father with Phoebe’s suggestion.
Amanda began to protest. “But, Dad…” She retreated at the look of warning on her mother’s face.
Her father caught his wife’s expression. “Did you encourage this?”
Forever the family peacemaker, Catherine held out her palms as if it would help keep things from escalating. “I would like to talk about this later,” she answered softly. “Will both of you just stay calm? This topic is not something to be discussed at the dinner table. We’ve only been home a few hours,” she reminded Amanda. “And I told you that I would discuss this with your father.” It was evident to everyone that she wasn’t pleased that Amanda had failed to heed her instructions.
“I’m sorry. I just thought Dad would see this as a great opportunity for me.” She looked over at Tyler, seated next to her, glad that he had agreed to stay for dinner. She knew he understood. No one understood her like he did. “I just want this so much.”
“Okay, let it go.” It was Catherine’s turn to be firm.
Amanda sat back in her chair, resisting the urge to bolt from the dinner table. She shuffled her broccoli around with her fork before taking a bite.
“Hey, Amanda,” Tyler gave her foot a nudge under the table. “We should groom the horses after dinner. I think they missed you this weekend,” he stated, reaching for his glass of sweet tea.
“Okay.” A slight smile pulled at the corners of her mouth. Grooming the horses was practically code for let’s have a talk. Tyler also knew that spending time with the horses would soothe her. Her best friend was looking out for her. And she loved him for it.
That time of transition after high school can be rough on families. There are a lot of different emotions going on in everyone and can be a lot to process. I remember a Suzy Bogguss song called, Letting Go, which was popular when my daughter was just a toddler. The song has quite a different effect on me now when I watch it, as I look back and see how quickly those years passed. As Tyler and Amanda retreat to the barn, he is able to help Amanda see things from a different perspective. The same thing is happening back in the kitchen, as Catherine helps Ethan realize that Amanda needs a chance to find out what she wants to do with her life.
Have you sent any children out into the world yet? Were you ready for it?
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