Wednesday, October 19, 2016

NEED YOUR HEART HEALED?



The Heart Healing of The Restoration Trilogy

By Denise Weimer

The Restoration Trilogy features a modern bachelor who inherits property from ancestors he doesn’t know much about – a doctor’s house, apothecary shop, and log cabin – and the female preservation graduate he brings in to oversee the restoration project. As neighbors meddle, armadillos root and strange accidents threaten, Michael and Jennifer butt heads over the way this restoration should occur. Michael wants it livable and masculine, while Jennifer feels compelled to stick to authenticity as outlined by her textbooks. Functioning with unhealed past hurts, they’re also great at offending each other, despite their mutual attraction.


So with this modern romantic suspense series set in a Mitford-like community, what are three historical gals doing on the front covers? I’m just waiting for someone to ask me. So far, no one has, but I’d love to share the reason for that anomaly.
As Michael and Jennifer work side-by-side, they uncover items from the past in each building that allow them to piece together the stories of Michael’s ancestresses. In White, as they renovate the house, they learn about Georgia Pearl of the 1920s. In Widow, as they restore the apothecary, post-Civil War letters reveal Charlotte’s haunting tale. And in Witch, an artifact hidden in the log cabin and a rare journal stashed away by a family member highlight the Colonial-era mystery of Verity.
God times the revelation of each tale perfectly, striking the modern characters with how they need to apply the lessons from the past in their own lives. These lessons of family, forgiveness and faithfulness are at the heart of the trilogy, and that’s why Georgia Pearl, Charlotte and Verity grace the covers rather than Michael and Jennifer. (Besides, I was always a sucker for beautiful historical costuming!)

As I illustrated through our unlikely couple, God sometimes moves us, puts us in unusual or uncomfortable circumstances, drops someone new into our lives or allows a trial to shine a light on something broken or decayed in us. This might be an unhealed wound, a personality weakness, or a lie we’ve believed about ourselves or God. In order to be fixed, the flaw must be exposed. Then we just have to ask for His healing. He gently goes to work, removing the old debris and spackling on His truth. Isaiah 60:15: “Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, so that no one went through you, I will make you an eternal excellence, a joy of many generations. (NKJV)” And who wouldn’t want that?

What about you? Have you ever seen God working to uncover and heal something in your life? Which character/story intrigues you the most?



The Georgia Gold Series on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/bookseries/B00YVVV116/