Heartwarming Tale of Coming Home
Glynna Kaye’s debut novel, Dreaming of Home, is delightful. From first page to last, I enjoyed every minute I spent reading this tale of love triumphing over trials. Kaye’s endearing characters captured me from the start, and I rushed through the book, eager to see them overcome the challenges keeping them apart and find the future the Lord has in store for them. If you like a sweet, gentle romance with heart, this story is for you.
Widower Joe Diaz returns to his hometown determined to be a great dad to his little boy, whom he’d rarely seen during his Navy days. Still grieving and anxious to provide for his son, he has no time for a relationship with his pretty and pleasant new neighbor. Meg McGuire has come to the same small Arizona mountain community to rebuild her life after disease and a broken relationship shattered her world, only to discover that the handsome father of her Sunday school student is vying for the same teaching position she is. Can she keep herself from falling for the one man who can destroy her dreams?
I was privileged to judge Glynna’s story in the 2008 Golden Pen contest. As I read, I knew I’d discovered a gem. My comments to her read, “I fully expect to see your book on the shelves in the near future. You’ve got a winner.”
When the entry finaled, I was happy. When I learned that final judge Melissa Endlich from Steeple Hill had requested the manuscript and bought it, I was elated. This is the first time I’ve seen an entry I judged go on to sell, and it’s both exciting and rewarding. When I received the autographed copy of Dreaming of Home that Glynna sent as a surprise, I moved it to the top of my TBR mountain and savored her story without delay.
If you’d like to hear more about Glynna’s journey to publication, you can read her interview at my other blog, Romance Writers on the Journey. I’ll be publishing the post October 8th.
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