Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"Hope Rising"

Stacy Henrie has always had an avid appetite for history, fiction and chocolate. She earned her B.A. in public relations from Brigham Young University and worked in communications before turning her attentions to raising a family and writing inspirational historical romances.

Henrie applied the Page 69 Test to her new novel, Hope Rising, and reported the following:
From page 69:
“What food does that cabbage-head cook have today?” Louis asked as he followed her up the path.

A soft laugh escaped Evelyn’s mouth. The sound surprised her. She hadn’t laughed since finding out Ralph had been killed. “Whatever it is, we will both accept it gratefully. That’s what my grandmother always taught me.”

“I remember ma grand-mère.” Louis pulled back on Evelyn’s arm so he could scoop up a pebble with his free hand. “She smiled and told stories while she sewed. I miss her. Ma mère does not smile anymore or tell stories.”

Sadness filled Evelyn as she thought of Louis’s mother, trying to make do without her husband. Evelyn now knew what it meant to have the person one loved and counted on suddenly taken away. Though she’d never met this other woman, she felt bonded to her by grief.
This excerpt from Page 69 gives a great glimpse into Evelyn’s strength and the effects of the Great War on people all over the world. Evelyn has been dealt a severe blow, losing the man she loved, and her life has been drastically altered because of it. But she isn’t one to whine or retreat. After all she’s an Army Nurse Corps nurse in France. In this scene, she manages, in spite of her own grief, to give attention to young Louis. Their bond of grief and friendship is one that plays a significant role throughout the whole novel, even before Evelyn meets her sweetheart’s best friend Corporal Joel Campbell.
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My Book, The Movie: Hope Rising.

--Marshal Zeringue