Death becomes her

My good friend Angie Hunt, who is also a prolific novelist, unveils a new book next month and I happen to know all kinds of tidbits about it. The title is Doesn’t She Look Natural? and I have to say I am intrigued by the premise of this three-book series. It’s fresh, it’s clever, it’s not run-of-the-mill.

The back cover copy goes something like this:

How do you live when God asks you to bury a dream?
Jennifer Graham, the no-nonsense chief of staff for a Virginia senator, quits her job after her divorce—and finds herself an unemployed single mom. Forced to live with her mother until she can find work on Capitol Hill that does not involve her gregarious ex-husband, her efforts are stymied until she learns that she has inherited a funeral home in picturesque Mt. Dora. Jennifer journeys to the small Florida town with her two sons and her mother, never dreaming that within a mortuary she will uncover mysteries of love and life.
Here’s Angie to tell us a little more about her first book with a casket on the front:

“I read HEAVEN by Randy Alcorn and naturally began to think about the life to come. I’ve also lost several friends over the last couple of years, and I’ve come to realize that death, for the believer, is not to be feared. I thought a series about a funeral home might be a good way to address issues affecting the living and those who are facing death. Jennifer Graham and her family are completely fictitious, but Mt. Dora is a real place. I’ve never been a mortician, but I’ve always been interested in all things medical.”

And the meaning behind the title?

“When my editor and I were talking about titles, we were trying to think of things people always say at funerals. We’ve come up with three: Doesn’t She Look Natural?, She Always Wore Red, and She’s in a Better Place. In the second book, Jen goes to mortuary school, and by the third book she is actively operating the funeral home. So I’ve had to learn quite a bit about funeral homes, caskets, supplies, embalming, burial versus cremation, etc.

Angie has a simple take-away in mind for readers of Doesn’t She Look Natural. “I would like readers to see that God is always leading us . . . even when we don’t like the direction in which we’re moving. And when God moves us, He supplies our needs . . . sometimes in the most unexpected ways.”
Ain’t that the truth!
Hope you come back to the Edge on Friday, because I have another new book to tell you about that will hit the bookstores shelves next week. It just so happens to have my name on the cover. And the cover itself is quite fetching. See you at then . . .

Author: Susan

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