In 2007, my husband was contemplating a career move, and his path led us to Texas. Our first visit there was a whirlwind tour of 30 homes in two days, complete with rental car, our first experience with a GPS, and three kids in carseats… all with their own seats on the airplane. As wild a weekend as that was, my husband and I were each struck by the kindness of the people we encountered. I don’t just mean the people we met as part of our house search, although they were lovely. Rather, it was the complete strangers that walked up to us in restaurants to comment cheerfully on our boys or just find something encouraging to say to our young family. Little did those folks know what a welcome they were offering to us who were about to move over a thousand miles to join that big-hearted state. We still miss the people and places we came to love while living there.
So, for me, picking up When We Last Spoke was like opening our squeaky back screen door and seeing a friend drop by with just enough time for a cup of coffee. The people in the book are, well, just plain real. I haven’t lived their history really, but in small ways, I think we all have. I was right there with Juliet’s busy-ness in her community and with her sister Evangeline’s parallel busy-ness with her career that keeps her away from her childhood home. At some point, you have to ask yourself when the busy-ness changes from productivity to just being an excuse to avoid facing old hurts. But, isn’t facing the old hurts – and old smiles – together what keeps us close?
Here’s the trailer for Marci Henna’s book, When We Last Spoke:
When We Last Spoke is a wonderful, wonderful story that you won’t want to put down. The book is available on Amazon in softcover and Kindle formats, and – at the time of publishing this post – is available at no additional cost through Kindle Unlimited. If you don’t have Kindle Unlimited yet, click here for a completely FREE 30-day trial, and read When We Last Spoke (and as many other books as you can) for free for 30 days.
Great news! Author Marci Henna is graciously offering her book, free. You can enter below to win a print, softcover version. And, if you visit her Kindle listing (by clicking here), you can download the Kindle version of the book absolutely free from February 20 through February 24. So mark your calendar and get your own copy of this wonderful, heart-warming story of two sisters. And enter the giveaway below for a copy to give someone as a gift!