I was thinking about Her yesterday, and about Juan Diego and his famous tilma. And about the roses that fell out of it, before the miraculous image of Our Lady appeared on it.
And then I remembered that I dedicated a page of Finding Grace to telling that story, as well as other stories well-known to Catholics in which roses play a part.
Here is page 124 (in Chapter 13 of the book).
Finding Grace gives a lot of information about the lives of the saints, but it does so much more. It's a sweet story about a girl who loves a boy but thinks he'll never love her back. It's about the mistakes people make, some of them life-altering, and the way they find redemption through faith and family, and through the Sacraments of the Church. It is a proudly pro-life, pro-chastity work of fiction, but not at all preachy. It is filled with endearing characters--and I hope readers will regard them as special friends by the end of the book (that's what happened to me during the writing process!). I believe in this novel and the power it has to do some good for young readers, even though it has not been widely read and probably never will be--especially now, since after the New Year, it will only be available to the public in the Kindle-formatted version.
So for Christmas, I wanted to give away a paperback copy.
God bless you for stopping by!