Welcome to Weekend Writing Warriors, where participants share excerpts of their books or works-in-progress. It’s a fun way to sample new books and find new authors! Be sure to check out their website. Today’s selection comes from my new release, The Book of Joy. The full synopsis is below. In this snippet, long-time friends, Evelyn and Gail, who are trying to set up their adult children, Shannon and Joya, are checking in to see how their first attempt at matchmaking went.
“Well, did it work?” Gail asked, her voice low since Joya was in the other room. It was early in the day, and Gail was sitting on her bed talking to Evelyn, the television playing in the background, hopefully drowning out any part of the conversation Joya might hear. “Did Shannon say anything?”
“He said they were just friends, but you saw the way they were looking at each other, didn’t you? And how long they were talking in the kitchen? They weren’t swapping recipes, I can tell you that.”
“So, what do we do now?”
“We keep the momentum going.”
Shannon wants for nothing except the love of a good woman. However, he is so focused on his career and caring for his elderly mother Evelyn, he doesn’t realize he’s missing anything. Until he meets Joya, the widowed daughter-in-law of a family friend. She is a loving, generous woman who brings a much-needed spark into his life; but because she is younger than him and still dealing with the loss of her husband, he is hesitant to approach her.
Joya, for her part, maintains a good attitude about her situation and is appreciative of the people around her—especially Shannon, whose friendship fills the gaps in her life that would otherwise remain empty. But after burying her husband, she isn’t sure she has it in her to fall in love again.
This, of course, will not do for Evelyn, who sees the potential for love (and grandchildren) in them. Nor for Gail, the family friend, who has her own reasons for wanting to match the two. They go to great lengths to bring Shannon and Joya together. But as the four contend with the directions their lives are moving, they soon discover that sometimes life is more about letting yourself be loved than it is about falling into it.
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