About the Book
Book: The Builder’s Reluctant Bride
Author: Stacey Weeks
Genre: Christian romance, women’s fiction
Release Date: July 8, 2016
He wants a second chance. She says there’s no going back. Ten years ago, a public disgrace sent Jenna Jenkins running from her hometown. Now, the success of her professional future hinges on joining her hometown church restoration project. Her partner and team leader on the job is William Scott—expert renovator, volunteer fireman, and the ex-flame who ruined her life. William is in crisis, facing the tightening screws of personal and professional failure. When the interior designer on the church renovation project turns out to be Jenna Jenkins, William sees it as a chance to make amends. But Jenna wants nothing to do with him. How much will William sacrifice to redeem his mistakes and prove his love? Can Jenna protect her heart this time or will William break her for good?
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About the Author
Stacey Weeks is the multi-award-winning author of Glorious Surrender (2016), and Chasing Holiness (2020), inspirational romances The Builder’s Reluctant Bride (2016), Mistletoe Melody (2018), Mistletoe Mission (2019), and inspirational romantic suspense novels In Too Deep (2017), and Fatal Homecoming (2019). Stacey lives in Ontario where she speaks at women’s conferences, teaches writing and bible study workshops, and writes about the things of the Lord. www.staceyweeks.com
More from Stacey
Afflicted but not Crushed
I created the character, Jenna, from The Builder’s Reluctant Bride, during a time of life filled with chaos. Changed ripped stability out from underneath me. I couldn’t tell if my challenges were from God deigned to build my faith or if they were a temptation from the enemy to doubt God. Life struck with a severity that stole the breath from my lungs, so I retreated into a fictional world to process. I needed to be reminded, like Jenna, that my current struggles didn’t negate the ways God was using me. I needed to remember that God would use everything in my life to shape me into His image and draw me closer to Him.
“I thought after his mom died, I had lost the both of them. Then, you came around.” The corners of his eyes crinkled.
“Me?” she squeaked.
“Yes. You changed everything for him. I know you left for college right after graduation, so you likely didn’t see the change. But God took that seed you planted in my son and grew this man.” He gestured to William, who stood with his fire jacket off and held a dog while it licked his soot-covered face. “This man of God.” Carmen looked squarely into her eyes. “I am indebted to you, Jenna.”
She squirmed at his unquestionable sincerity. She didn’t deserve his praise for directing his son to faith, the same faith that later let her down in every conceivable way.
When life’s chaos hit Jenna, it caused her to question her faith and question God’s goodness. It took her time to sift through the mess and find the truth. God is good.
It might not feel good. You might want to give up. You might think there is no way for God to redeem your story, but Jenna would tell you that you would be wrong.
Author Interview with Stacey Weeks
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I have a photograph of myself in front of Ernest Hemingway’s home in Key West, but finding his home was more of a happy accident. Visiting his residence was not the purpose of our trip, but it was a super fun bonus. I remember reading The Old Man and the Sea in school. I would sneak it when I finished my lessons early. I think the teacher knew I was reading, but she let me “get away” with it.
What is your favorite childhood book?
I loved the Bobbsey Twins by Laura Lee Hope and the “Elise” books by Martha Finley. My Grandma lent me her old and worn copy of Elsie Dinsmore, and I remember reading through the entire series one summer. It is such a special memory of a love we shared.
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
If I could go back in time, I’d tell myself that being an author was possible. I pursued different hobbies because I believed writing was something “other people” did. It was many years before I returned to my dream of writing a book. I’d also pay closer attention in English class, especially grammar! I’ve had to learn every grammar rule that I failed to master in school.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
The plot comes first! I have to know what is going to happen before I can think about what type of character should be in that situation. My rule is that I don’t begin to craft characters or settings until I have filled out a plot skeleton – which is the bones of a story.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
In no particular order, I enjoy running, music, studying Scripture, and home renovation projects.
Thank you, Stacey, for allowing us to get to know you better!
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