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I never set out to write a novel but after I found letters in my mother’s trunk penned in the late thirties by her first love, I knew the makings of a fascinating book was buried within them. I’ve loosely based this poignant story of lost love on those letters.
Reminiscent of Nicholas Sparks’ The Notebook and Robert James Waller’s The Bridges of Madison County, this wholesome account of Emma and Noah’s whirlwind romance and heart-rending separation prior to World War II is refreshing and uplifting in view of a culture that paints love and intimacy with a broad brush and in fifty shades of grey.
This moving love story, set in the throes of the Great Depression, portrays the young couple’s struggle to keep their love alive regardless of events that threaten to tear them apart. From its engaging first chapter to its unforeseen conclusion, Beyond the Rainbow will resonate in the heart of every woman who has ever remembered a lost love and asked “what if,” or who has suffered through the heartache of “if only.”
Writing a novel isn’t the first rainbow I’ve chased. I’m an incurable rainbow-chaser and am profoundly grateful for my husband, Michael, who’s always supported me in my starry-eyed pursuits. He’s veered off the highway on more than one occasion to chase rainbows so that I could capture their essence in photographs. I can’t think of anyone I’d rather do life with. Outside of my heavenly Father, he continues to be my biggest cheerleader in whatever I undertake to do. Now my agent, Cyle Young with Hartline Literary Agency, is searching for that rainbow’s end as he seeks a home for my story. I’m confident he’ll find one.
Someone said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” I love that. It’s the way I feel about chasing rainbows. I’d rather err on the side of hope than spend my time in a colorless day seeing nothing beyond a palette smudged with shades of gray.
Born to chase rainbows? Absolutely. God has given us his divine permission to do just that. “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26). Won’t you join me in my pursuit? Even if rainbows aren’t within our grasp, perhaps we’ll land beyond them in a mountain of rainbow dust. Wouldn’t that be fun?
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Keep chasing rainbows! It’s embedded in your DNA—so why not?