Linda Ford: The Road to Love

the_road_to_love_cover.jpgThe 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. 

abandonedfarm_web.jpgI 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.  

the_ten_lost_years.jpgRecently 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.’

linda_ford.jpgI 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!

  

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30 thoughts on “Linda Ford: The Road to Love”

  1. My grandparents were supposed to be married when the Great Depression started. My grandfather remembered it well and would speak about it periodically. He remembers that his father had gold coins which they all used to survive for a period of time. My grandparents were cautious about everything they purchased and they always paid cash.

  2. I have heard my grandparents talk alot about the Great Depression. I know those were some very hard times for people. Our country has come a long way from there ..but sadly, we are a wasteful nation.

    Thanks for blogging, I really enjoyed reading it!

  3. Linda congrats on your book it looks really good (I have a real craving to read one of this type of book but at present have a couple of others im struggling though first)
    Mum lived through the great depression which is why she hates pumpkin. it was a very cheap vegetable and they had it alot. Her father was out of work and use to work in the botanical gardens to earn a handout to feed the family. Like Maureen mum and dad never bought anything on credit and if they couldn’t afford it they saved till they could. They passed this down to me and I do the same. Saves going into debt.

  4. I find it so amazing how people survived on virtually nothing. I like to think that I could do the same.

  5. My mother has fascinating stories about growing up in the depression and I am amazed at how people persevered through this era. Congratulations on your book Linda; it looks great!

  6. My daughter just did a social studies fair project about the Great Depression and I was able to relate stories my mother and grandmother had told me about growing up then. Her interest started with an American Girl story about Kit set in the 1930’s. Your book sounds interesting.

  7. My parents were born during the Great Depression. I have heard many stories from my grandparents from that time.

  8. Like many of you I’ve heard lots of stories about the depression. My grampa was a farmer and had told stories about having to sell his horses because he couldn’t afford to feed them. For mom and her sibs, the main diet was creamed potatoes, and thanking God for a semi successful garden and a cow.

    It’s great to see books about the 30’s. Fictional accounts will help us remember, and look to the real history in the future.

  9. Thanks for all your comments. I wish I could interview each of you for a unique perspective on the depression years. Because of what she lived through, my grandmother became a hoarder. She wouldn’t throw away anything–not newspapers, package wrapping or even pencils that were down to one inch. Did you know if you stuck them in the cap of a pen you could still get more writing out of them? Thankfully she passed away before we started having excess packaging on everything. I don’t know how she would have managed.

  10. Your new book sounds like it is really going to be good. Finding strength, hope, and love amidst the struggles of daily life is a powerful theme. I look forward to reading it!

  11. Welcome to Petticoats and Pistols! Your book sounds like something I’d like. I loved “The Grapes of Wrath” that took place during the Depression. And of course, my parents talked a lot about living through those hard, painful times. They were vagabonds, migrant workers who were trying to earn a nickel however they could. Most of time they didn’t even have a place a live and certainly nothing to call home. Food was difficult to come by and meals were few and far between. They talked about having to eat water gravy and use flour with mealy bugs in it. Nothing was thrown away no matter how bad it was.

    Thanks for writing about this era. I don’t think enough authors are tapping into the times that shaped a nation and created a whole generation of courageous, strong people.

    I’ll look for your book because it sounds like a keeper. Good luck with it and your next one too. And be sure and come back and visit again sometime!

  12. I love stories that are based on fact. My grandparents lived through the depression but they luckily farmed (rented land) so at least never went hungry. My mom tells me stories of how they willingly let some come and help themselves.

  13. I love reading about stories from other era’s and especailly ones where 2 people are together by circumstances and realize they can’t be with out the other. I know that had to’ve been a very difficult era to live in people having to leave their homes behind sounds like you had alot you wanted to come threw in this book sounds like a wonderful read.

  14. Hi Linda:
    Thanks for writing a story about a tough time in American history. My maternal grandparents emigrated from Greece in the early 1930s to the US and their inability to speak English was compounded by the lack of work. My grandfather ended up working in a copper mine doing the blasting. He died several years later and my mother who was 8 recalled having to take care of my grandmother because she was just so depressed . They were poor for many, many years, but my mom is one of my personal heroines and I think her childhood definitely made her a tough woman.
    I’m suggesting your book to my mom as well.
    Thanks for writing.

  15. Congrats on your book!!! I have read Love Inspired novels before and they really get to the heart!!! Your story sounds wonderful… Thanks for sharing!!! 🙂

  16. Hello! First, I want to say that I am a fan. Crane’s Bride is still one of my fave books and I love to re-read it.

    Your latest books sound great too. It is a fascinating era to use as a setting and I look forward to reading them.

  17. Welcome, Linda. I just love to start out my day at Wildflower Junction. And congrats on your first book and those to come! My mom has incredible tales of the Depression even in the big city. I always thought her life deserved a book…and then came the hardships of WWII. A truly great generation of human beings…I know we’ll both enjoy your books.

  18. Glad to see you here Linda. My grandparents also were during the depression. I think we are headed for one now. Your book sounds so good I would love to win it. I love that it is based on true facts.

  19. What a great book,I always loved to hear my grandparents talk about the way things were back then,simple,hard but they were happy,they lived without a lot of the things we think we cant live without now,an raised their kids just fine,maybe we all need to go back to the basics of life

  20. Thanks for helping to chronicle the Great Depression
    years – we’re losing the folks who faced, and lived,
    through that time at too rapid a rate! Thanks,also,
    for joining us here today.

    Pat Cochran

  21. Thanks Linda for such a thought-provoking post. You’re right, it’s times like these in our history that makes us the nation we are and the people we are..and ANYONE who overcomes ANY trial in their life deserves to be honored!

    Pamela S Thibodeaux
    “Inspirational with an Edge!”

  22. My Dad used to talk about the hard times his family went thru in the 30’s.
    I will be looking for your books.

  23. Congratulations on expanding your writing career into Love Inspired Historicals, Linda. This setting sounds really interesting, and I love learning about history as I enjoy the unfolding romance.
    I never thought before about why some older people hang on to everything. A few years ago I had a friend cleaning up after a recently deceased friend of hers and it was just astounding. There were some treasures among the piles, but tons of it was junk that most of us would have willingly parted with, like cupboards full of plastic margarine tubs.

    What a lovely tribute to these survivors, to have their stories told by a talented author. I look forward to reading more of your excellent historicals.

  24. Wow, you guys are amazing. You represent so many stories. I hope as I do more depression era stories I can in some small way pay tribute to all our grandparents. What a tremendous heritage they’ve given us.

    I’d love to hear comments from you that read my book. You can contact me on my website: http://www.lindaford.org. My blog is attached to the site.

  25. The Great Depression affected both sides of my family – with my mom’s side suffering and my dad’s finding ways to beat it. That period affected everyone on some level. I’m looking forward to seeing how your heroes and heroines come out on top of this trying time in our history. They do come out on top… yes? 😉

    ~Debbie

  26. How wonderful your story sounds. Sorry to be late to the blog but was tied up.

    The Great Depression formed alot of people. The people from that era are very strong people. My family has the thought “that which doesn’t kill us make us stronger” and I think that is true for the most part.

    My grandmother till the day she died would story back food. She always remembered being hungry.

    Have a great evening all!

  27. Sounds like a great story. I have not read your books before, so this would be a great chance to try it out.

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