Charisse is an awesome story with great characters. Spiritual lessons abound in this book of life, love, loss, hope, and forgiveness, while well-woven word pictures clearly show the settings and actions of the people in this book. This sweet contemporary romance flows naturally and is a heartwarming book romance readers everywhere will enjoy.
Readers (particularly women) immediately connect with Charisse Wellman and her adorable son. As she struggles to maintain her home and provide for her son, she finds herself in a most perplexing circumstance: remain unemployed and risk being homeless and hungry or accept a position with a person for whom she’s harbored bitterness and anger for some time.
“V. J.” (Vance, Jr.), a lovable seven-year-old missed his daddy terribly, even after he’d been gone a whole year. V. J.’s friendship with Cletus was instant, as was his affection for Cletus’s master, and the connections seemed to begin to bring V. J. out of his grief.
Libby Overstreet and Charisse have been best friends since high school. They worked together planning the high school reunion and confided in each other about the struggles in their lives. A twist involving Libby toward the end of the story will have you giggling.
Gideon Tabor never married. A man of character and integrity, his heart belonged to the girl he’d loved in high school. Trouble was he’d never told her. Their friendship had ended on a sour note. Then he’d made a legal decision, as a judge in criminal court that unbeknownst to him had deepened her wound. Gideon’s has a plan to reveal his true feelings in a most unusual place. Will he be able to pull it off without blowing his chances at realizing his dream?
Judge Delilah James, tactless and self-assertive, coveted Gideon Tabor’s affection. However, he wanted no personal relationship with Delilah and had every right to banish her from his life. But he didn’t, consequently inviting trouble into his plans to reconnect with the love of his life. Why did he continue to tolerate her shenanigans, and will Gideon connect with this mysterious person at the high school reunion, or will Delilah sabotage his plans?
Author Fay Lamb was very kind to answer a few questions I thought you might enjoy:
Who is your favorite character in the book? Why? Gideon Tabor is my favorite. He’s a judge, but he has kept a very fun nature. His interactions with V.J. are still some of my favorite scenes. He’s also wise, and he understands Charisse and V.J.’s need to overcome their grief. There, he shows himself strong enough and in love enough with both mother and son to allow them to share their memories of Vance Wellman.
How does Charisse’s life parallel with your own? Well, I worked in just about every area of law, but not at the level where Charisse is during the story. In my twenties I toyed with the idea of going back to school and getting a law degree. However, writing was my priority, and I chose that instead.
What would you like the reader to take away from this story? That forgiveness is necessary. There is healing in just letting the hurt, bitterness, and the need for retribution free.
Since this is part of a series, which characters can we expect to see in the next book(s)? Well, Libby has her own story for sure. She emerged as a minor character into a character whose story came about naturally. In Libby’s story, she is going to have a bit of trouble from a young lady named Hope. Then Hope has her own story to tell. Oh, and by popular request (from my editor, too) the Honorable Judge Delilah James has a story to tell. Gideon will return in full force and playfulness as will Charisse’s son, V.J. The series is entitled The Ties that Bind and as each story develops, the characters support and encourage—and play matchmakers—and they become a unique family.
Charisse is published by Write Integrity Press and is available in bookstores and at your favorite online retailer.
Fay works as an acquisition editor for Pelican Book Group. To learn more about Fay and her writing, visit her blog, On The Ledge, at http://www.FayLamb.com.
For writers, Fay offers advice for self-editing at the Tactical Editor both at http://www.facebook.com/tacticaled and for the Pelican Book Group Staff Blog at http://pelicanbookgroup.blogspot.com/.