The Road To Love is my first Love Inspired Historical, and you’ll find it on the shelves in May. This story is set in the Dirty Thirties and features a widow with two children striving to make it on her own on a little dirt farm, and a wandering man who has been a cowboy, a farmer, and Jack of all trades.
This was a fun story to write—two people who needed each other but weren’t willing to admit it, kept together only by circumstances. Of course they find out they don’t want to continue to live without each other. I hope you’ll enjoy the things these two are willing to do in order to gain the love of the other.
I grew up on the prairie and often saw abandoned home sites like this one. Or perhaps only the cellar hole. Even as a child, I wondered what had become of the people. Why had they left their house behind? Sometimes there was still furniture in the house or machinery in the yard.
Then I married a man whose father had purchased a big house and farm for the price of working off the back taxes. The original owner had gone into debt to build the house and then the thirties hit. Unable to keep up his loan payments, the man had to abandon his house and farm to the bank. I was sad to think of the way so many dreams had been dashed.
Then there were the stories of those who stubbornly clung to their dreams, unwilling to give them up. These stories fired my imagination. Researching the era seemed straightforward enough. There was information about the drought, the dust bowl, the collapse of the stock market and falling commodity prices, but there were few stories about the emotional fallout of all these things.
I found a few first-hand stories. One that was especially insightful for its honesty was written by a child.
Recently I found a book buried among many in a garage sale. Titled The Ten Lost Years and written by Barry Broadfoot, it is full of first-hand recollections. I’m still thrilled to have discovered this wonderful treasure chest of tales of that era. In the preface to this book, the author says, ‘…there seemed to be a general feeling that the Depression should not be talked about…the Thirties were a shameful smear on people’s memories, so everyone should forget that it ever happened…. To the people I met, the Great Depression is not to be swept under the carpet. To all of these people, their survival of those days is a badge of honor to be worn with pride.’
I confess I feel much the same about those who survived one of the darkest times of our history. I want to honor them and their perseverance. I want to give life to the events that clawed at them. I want to show how the human spirit can overcome the worst and come out shining. Their lives have become heroic in my mind. Their faith has become a beacon.
I hope you find the stories I’ve created do the people justice and that they fill you with admiration. The Road to Love is the first of three stories set in this era. The Journey Home will be released in Aug 08 and The Path to Her Heart in Jan 09.
I’m giving away one copy of “The Road to Love” to a commenter today. Good luck!