I am thrilled to have Nicole Deese stopping by today to chat about her latest book, A Season to Love!
At this point in her life, bravery is not a trait Willa Hart would readily claim. She believes her seven-year-old daughter, Savannah, who never knew her father and successfully tackled chemotherapy, is truly the courageous one. Yet after Willa has a fateful encounter with handsome young doctor Patrick McCade, her outlook—and her view of herself—begins to change.
Patrick, a thrill-seeking world traveler and temporary resident of Lenox, Oregon, sets out to show Willa the value of adventure, even within her tiny town. But just when their friendship shows signs of turning into something more, Patrick’s life as a traveling doctor calls him back. Will his last days in town signal the end of their journey, or will Patrick and Willa find the courage to transform a single season into a lifetime?
What inspired you to write this story?
After losing my baby sister two years ago, I had a fresh understanding of what it felt like to weather a significant life storm. During the eye of that storm, it took everything I had just to hold on. To believe God would comfort my grieving parents and family. To believe His promise to never leave or forsake us was true. When I emerged from the deepest part of that season of grief, I realized I’d picked up some new fears and anxieties along the way. I had to learn many of the lessons that Willa learns in her story. A Season To Love is about overcoming fear after the big storms of life have settled. A lesson in self-discovery and trusting God.
Personally, I love both A Cliche Christmas and A Season to Love. Both books are set in Lenox. Both books have very fun and real main characters. Now it’s time for the truth! Which couple is your favorite??? Georgia and Weston vs. Willa and Patrick? Why?
Haha! You know, I love both these couples for very different reasons. Georgia and Weston are just plain fun. They were easy to hear (in my head) and easy write. I loved hanging out with them and walking them through all their who are we now? conversations. Some of my favorite love stories are second-chance romances where the hero and heroine meet again after years of separation. And of course, I love their cheeky banter.
That said, I can relate most to Willa and Patrick’s love story. I definitely married a Patrick, a man who is wise beyond his years and is SO VERY PATIENT. Patience is often a quality we overlook in romance, but there’s a reason it’s listed as the first attribute of love in 1 Cor. 13. Their relationship starts off with a very specific goal and then develops into a friendship, which then becomes the foundation for their romance.
What is the message that you want to share with people through Willa’s story?
I pray the takeaway from Willa’s journey will be a deeper trust in God. We often think if we hold back from life and tighten our grip on control that we can protect ourselves from pain, hardship, and heartache. But the opposite is true. It’s only when we let go that we can experience true freedom and love.
What’s next on your list?
I’m working to finish a standalone contemporary romance titled, The Promise of Rayne. It releases in November 2016. I can’t give too much away yet, but here are some keywords: A forbidden romance, an 18-year feud, a family-owned lodge, an apple orchard, a wildfire threat, and an evacuation. I’m really excited about this one!
Where can people find you?
I’m very active on my FB author page: https://www.facebook.com/nicoledeeseauthor/
I’m also active on Instagram: nicoledeeseauthor. Please stop over and say hello!
Nicole Deese is a lover of fiction and writes contemporary romance with an inspirational twist. She is the Kindle bestselling author of the Letting Go series and A Cliché Christmas, the first book in her new Love in Lenox series. She lives in northern Idaho with her husband and two sons.