The Catfish Connection — Lynne Tagawa

Today I’m thrilled to welcome author Lynne Tagawa as she share insights into her novel, A Twisted Strand. Read through to the end to learn how to enter to win the giveaway.

What do genetic engineering and eating kosher have in common? Well, you’ll find explanations of both in A Twisted Strand, my debut novel released just last month.

Terrorists release a virus in South Texas . . . and an estranged couple are thrown back together during the ordeal. Each of them is confronted with the truth of the gospel—and along the way, they see how the Law of Moses relates to twenty-first century folks.

The catfish connection. You see, when I first lay in my bed at night, imagining a rogue virus stalking South Texas cattle—and maybe people, too—I also had another plot thread in mind. Sometimes it’s hard to understand exactly where the Law of Moses went. We all know about the Ten Commandments. But doesn’t the rest of it apply to us too?

For example, today is Yom Kippur. The Day of Atonement on the Jewish calendar. It’s in the Bible. So why don’t Christians celebrate it? For that matter, what about Passover?

I decided that I would make one of my characters Jewish. But she’s also a Christian, and she explains to another character a bit about catfish, something her parents wouldn’t have eaten because it wasn’t kosher. Then she touches on the purpose of the Law:

Her brows knit. “Obeying the Ten Commandments isn’t something we do to get on God’s good side?” Rachel didn’t know religious terminology and she was sure she sounded stupid.

But her sister-in-law didn’t seem to notice. “That’s exactly right. None of us can keep the Law perfectly anyway.” She put the saucepan on the stove. “When Jesus came, He did two things in relation to the Law. He obeyed the Law perfectly, on behalf of all who believe. He also fulfilled all the Old Testament pictures. All the ceremonies and rituals—like Passover—that pointed to Himself.”

So Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, has already happened for the Christian. By faith we look back at the cross and rejoice in the atonement that was made for us. We don’t have a yearly celebration, because Christ did it once for all time.

But it doesn’t hurt to look at the calendar, or read the Old Testament directives, and think of Jesus Christ, to Whom all those pictures pointed.

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About A Twisted Strand:

After dragging her heart through a divorce, Rachel Davis is ready to settle down on their South Texas country home, raise her kids, and find some peace. Can she find the secret to making her heart whole again?

William Davis, MD, would do anything to take back his horrible mistake, but infidelity is more than his wife can forgive. He goes home to an empty house in Austin every night, trying his best to be a good dad to his kids from afar.

When Rachel discovers their Jersey heifer dead from a hemorrhagic fever, she quickly realizes that the danger may spread to humans. Working for an epidemiologist, she joins the investigation. Is it natural? Or terrorism?

The family vet sickens, and Will enters the fray. Could this become an epidemic? Why was their family targeted?

Estranged from God and from each other, both Rachel and Will encounter the truth of the gospel and struggle to make sense of it all. Is there hope? And is there hope for their relationship?

About Lynne:

Lynne Tagawa is married with four grown sons and three marvelous grandbabies. A biology teacher by trade, she teaches part-time, writes, and edits. She’s written a Texas history curriculum in narrative form, Sam Houston’s Republic, and has just published her debut novel, A Twisted Strand. Lynne lives with her husband in South Texas.

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