Happy Monday, my friends and welcome to my Blog!
Today, I’m sharing an excerpt from my novel, That Melvin Bray:
Chapter 29— I LOVE YOU THE MOST
“As we rode out to the Jennings property, the three of us were all about the what-ifs. We couldn’t help ourselves. We arrived at the property and took the long road up to the house, passing the old well on our right. It looked so different. Todd parked under the even older and more mature pear trees in the side yard—the same old pear trees that Mother had walked under each night at about eleven fifteen, when her ride would drop her off from work. As we got out of the car, I could feel her presence, and for a moment, I noticed a wonderfully familiar, powdery fragrance floating around my head.”
This chapter is probably one of my favorites. It’s the next to the last chapter and it’s when we finally realize the depths of the incredible love a Mommy and Daddy have for their little boy. While it’s heartbreaking, it’s also a time of unmistakable joy and peace for a young family who had lost all hope.
“HOPE for a great sea-change, on the far side of revenge. Believe that a further shore, is reachable from here. Believe in miracles , and cures and healing wells.” – Seamus Heaney, Iris poet
My book has an awful lot going on in just thirty chapters, but it was worth the five years it took to write it…that is if you don’t count the sixty years it took for the research. True.
While I’ve been blessed with many wonderful Amazon reviews, here’s one that is not on Amazon, but one I’m proud to share with you, from the parent company of my publisher, Abbott Press:
“Author Margaret McBride treads some familiar ground with her Christian inspirational That Melvin Bray. There is a lot going on in this book; a lot that the Christian fiction reader will find of value here. Regular readers of Christion fiction will find a like-minded soul here, telling a story of faith and one’s ability to help rise us up from less than ideal beginnings. In a world where the dysfunctional family seems to be the new normal, this is a timely message and one that could be of significant service to many people.” -Writer’s Digest Annual Author Book Reviews
This week, my prayer for us all is that we’ll be aware of those we may meet for the first time and whether they’re happy, sad, outgoing, reserved, loud, obnoxious, whatever…try not to judge them too harshly if they don’t measure-up to your standards. I say this from personal experience and we all know that old saying, “Don’t judge the book by the cover”. I for one, know that’s not very kind, and let’s all think about how we treat folks, period.
“We met for a reason, either you’re a blessing or a lesson. Be obsessively grateful. We don’t have to be perfect to be amazing!” – Several Wise Guys
God is Good! God is Great!! Always!!!
I love you,
PS Today’s “Pear Photo” was taken by yours truly at the old farm where I grew up.