Sounds like a great story, Angie. I love the cover. Can you give us a brief synopsis?
"I'd love to," said Angie.
Jennifer Grahamm, mother, student, and embalmer's apprentice, could use a friend.
She finds one in McLane Larson, a newcomer to Mt. Dora. While McLane's soldier-husband serves overseas, Jen promises to support McLane, then learns that her tie to this woman goes far deeper than friendship.
When a difference of opinion threatens their relationship, Jennifer discovers weaknesses in her own character . . . and a faith far stronger than she had imagined.
A Romantic Times Top Pick! "Be prepared to shed a few tears in Hunt's emotionally gripping tale, the second in the Fairlawn series. With themes of family, friendship, and trusting God, the plot is enhanced by realistic and engaging characters. Jennifer's growth as a character is evident, and the supporting cast enhances the story in a significant way." --Melissa Parcels, Romantic Times reviewer
The first book in this series is Doesn't She Look Natural? Do people have to read the first book in order to understand the second? (And congratulations on the Christy Award nomination for that title!)
The Fairlawn series is set in a funeral home. Did you observe the embalming process in your research? I know for me, the more hands-on or the more information I have the better I can plot out the story and develop characters.
Did you read about embalming and interview morticians? It's fascinating.
My editor said that didn't feel right. "Too weird?" I asked. "No," she said. "There's always an odor in that room . . . not very appetizing." Ah. That's the sort of thing you can't always get from a book. :-/
Did you and your editors disagree over how much of the body preparation process was acceptable to include? I ask because I find all that sort of thing fascinating, and I think that I would include far more than most people would care to read, initially.
And you can be descriptive in a way that is clinical rather than gross. For example, "She searched for the carotid artery" as opposed to "her stomach clenched as her gloved fingers eased into the warm opening and she tried not to think of fish guts." So actually, none of my editors ever remarked on the level of detail . . . and none of my readers have complained. Yet. :-)
Sure. People die and Jennifer buries most of them. It's a funeral plot.
Ha,ha, you're so funny for one who writes about funeral homes. And besides, that's not much of a hint. Come on, give it up.
In She's In a Better Place, the third book of the Fairlawn series, Jennifer Graham is now running the Fairlawn Funeral Home. Her work takes on a new dimension when Gerald Huffman, her assistant and mentor, reveals that he has a serious illness. When she learns that he and his daughter haven't spoken in years, Jen decides to help them reconcile . . . but things don't go exactly as she planned. Once again, the mortuary is a setting for lessons of laughter, love, and life.
Um, Rachel, I think you're supposed to ask where they can buy the book.
I was gonna, I was gonna. (blush) So, please tell us how to get ahold of this book!
Be blessed, friend.
Readers, please, take time to get this series. I know you'll love it!