Today we’re taking a peek at my friend Cheryl Wyatt’s (a writer of romances who was born on Valentines Day. How cool is that?) newest book, A Soldier’s Reunion. Here’s the story in a nutshell: “Despite a decade apart, this isn’t the reunion Mandy Manchester expected! She thought she’d put high school sweetheart Nolan Briggs behind her. Now he’s back…and the para-rescue jumper literally sweeps her off her feet. He’s ready and willing to rekindle what they once shared. Mandy, though, isn’t prepared to put her heart at risk. He left her before—she won’t trust him again. Can Nolan teach this grounded girl to take a leap of faith?”
Well, I am thinking he probably can! Here’s a little Q and A with Cheryl:
Edgewise: So, Cheryl. What kind of research did you do for this book? Did you jump out of any planes?
Cheryl: Ha! Nope, didn’t jump out of any planes. I had military servicemen and women, though, who have jumped out of planes, assisting me with the technical stuff in (Wings of Refuge) the PJ (Pararescue Jumper) stories. I researched this series for many years before selling my debut novel, which was the first book in this series. And the research is ongoing. Of course certain things are changed on purpose, such as uniforms, etc. Also, the PJs are actually airmen, not soldiers. But my publisher wanted “soldier” in most of the titles since soldier stories tend to sell better around an election year.
Edgewise: Well, that’s something I haven’t thought enough about! What has drawn you to the romance genre?
Cheryl: Because a happy ending can always be counted on. I read to escape because life has so many sad endings. I want to know that when I finish a book, things are going to turn out fine. And since I’m an avid romance reader, it was only natural for me to write them. I love entertaining people with stories that guarantee a happy ending.
Edgewise:Why do you think love stories have such wide appeal?
Cheryl: I think because life’s struggles don’t leave anyone alone. Everyone will go through something hard. And because love stories, or romance at least, normally carries with it a happy ending. We all have dreams that we want to come true. Love stories let us hope for that happy ending without fear of disappointment I think.
Edgewise: What’s your hoped-for takeaway with this book?
Cheryl: I hope that folks will feel romanced by God through this book and that anyone who has at one time had a strong relationship with God but who is now distant will be encouraged to draw near again. It has a strong reuniting theme, both for the characters and between the heroine and God.
On Friday, my review of The Help. I am almost done reading it. Achingly good.