Finding Hope in Hopeless Situations—Emily’s Life Mirrors Others.

By Kathy Boyd Fellure

Have you ever known the despair of life not at the optimal place hoped for?

Perhaps it was a close friend, or a relative, not you.

Emily Taylor is forced to face abrupt changes that occur outside her control. Sound familiar? The sudden death of her husband, the revelation of his infidelity, the devastation of her two daughter’s different reactions to the loss of their father, and swift financial ruin.

This story set in contemporary time reflects several circumstances family, church members, neighbors, and complete strangers who cross our paths, face with, or without faith.

Emily escapes to her safe haven, her nana’s cabin located in one of the most majestic mountain ranges and alpine lakes in America, Lake Tahoe. Where better to hide out from painful reality when hopelessness overwhelms her hollow soul?

Most people have a person like Nana in their life—a person of deep faith to lean on when the earth below shakes and the ground gives way. One who will lovingly be a Christ-light to us when darkness overshadows lost dreams, betrayal by those we loved, who did not love us back, or worse, inflicted sorrow on those we tried to protect.

Sometimes a hug, a kiss, words of encouragement, simple acts of kindness can assuage invisible wounds that need time to heal while the heart mends.

In a little forest neighborhood along the water’s edge, Emily deals with the losses she fears, and unravels secrets that remain untold while discovering much about herself she never knew before. Doc and Jack in the cabin next door are part of that journey, in good times and in bad. Family is like that, you know.

As Emily slowly regains the memory of her twin brother’s drowning, the lake that swallowed him, also offers a baptism she’s longed for. What will she chose?

No matter how hopeless situations are, there is hope of redemption. There is a new sunrise every morning after the darkest of nights. There is a Savior calling your name. Listen. His voice is gentle. His hope eternal.

About Kathy Boyd Fellure

Kathy Boyd Fellure is author of four children’s books, and her debut contemporary women’s fiction novel that released January, 2018. The Language of the Lake is the first book in the completed  ~ On the Water’s Edge Tahoe Trilogy.  Her 4th novel, Across the Pond and her WIP, Harper House, are both set in England. Kathy is a member of CWC, ACFW, and is the founder of Amador Fiction Writers.  She hosted, wrote & produced the TSPN TV Show ~ Authors, Writers, Books & Beyond from 2012- 2015.  Kathy has served as a judge for the NCAP book awards in 2017-18. She guest speaks, teaches at writer conferences, hosts an annual literary read, exhibits her photography, and is agented with Books & Such Literary Agency. Kathy Boyd Fellure currently lives in the foothill gold country of California with her family and three stand-up comedian rescue dogs.

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About shelia@sheliastovall.com

Shelia Stovall is a Southern, small-town librarian, and has an understanding of what women like to read. She is a member of ACFW and is currently the Treasurer of the Middle Tennessee ACFW Chapter. Shelia is a member of the Ky. Public Library Association and the American Library Association. Her short story, The Barber’s Sanctuary, won the fiction division of Kentucky Monthly’s sixth annual Writer’s Showcase in the November 2013 issue. Shelia is a weekly columnist for the Citizen-Times, based in Scottsville, Ky. Shelia’s Southern, small-town roots have given her an understanding of community and women's friendships. Her writing deals with difficult contemporary issues, but there’s always a thread of hope amid the calamity. Shelia is passionate about African missions and has traveled to Africa annually for the past four years. Community service is also important to Shelia, and she has volunteered as a crew chief for five years at Camp Habitat, (a Christian youth service camp that partners with Habitat for Humanity).

3 thoughts on “Finding Hope in Hopeless Situations—Emily’s Life Mirrors Others.

  1. Mary Struck

    I loved Kathy’s book, I fell in love with Nana and Emily. Nana was like reading about my sweet Mother with some sass mixed in. Emily, although not realizing it, was a strong woman searching for answers about her life and love. The discriptions of the lake made me want to jump through the pages for a swim! If you get the opportunity read The Language of the Lake, it will take you away!

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