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. We’ll meet Joya next week, but in this week’s snippet, Evelyn and Gail are working through part of their plan to set her up with Shannon. Gail has left the logistics to Evelyn but she’s starting to have her doubts.
“…Just be at church Sunday with Joya. Men look at the outside, how pretty a woman is, but for women, it’s the inside that counts. And any man who has his priorities set—God first, his momma, then his family—there’s nothing sexier to a woman. Joya will see that.”
It seemed wrong to Gail to use the church as a location for their matchmaking, but since she didn’t have any other ideas, she didn’t argue. She simply told Evelyn, “I hope you know what you’re doing.”
“Trust me, okay?”
“Famous last words.”
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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