Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Release Day (And Beautiful You)

Today is release day for Bittersweet!

This book is darker and grittier than the other two Home Sweet Home books.  Both the hero and the heroine have traumatic pasts. Both have lost people they loved. Both had their childhoods stolen. Both are strong and resilient characters who refuse to let their pasts define them.   

That makes me happy, but what makes me happier is knowing that the book I wrote during some of the most difficult times in my life is out in the world and being read by people who just might need to be reminded that the past is only a small part of who they are. 

We are molded and shaped, pummeled, broken and patched together by our experiences. Everything we've been through becomes part of who we are. Yet, it isn't our hardships, our triumphs, our failures, our mistakes or our successes that define us. We are defined by a creator who sees the essence of who we are- all the darkness, the sadness, the anger, the hurt and the ugliness- and still calls us loved. 

Whatever your past, no matter your struggles, I hope when you look in the mirror you see the truth: You are innately valuable, uniquely beautiful and undeniably worthy of love.