Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Book Spotlight : The Heartbeat at My Feet: A Christmas Story of Love and Forgiveness



Hello lovely readers,  today I have a book spotlight for you. The book is titled The Heartbeat at My Feet: A Christmas Story of Love and ForgivenessThis is such a great book. It has a great message and comes from a place of love. I will have a review later in the year and an interview with the lovely author. 


So let's check out this book, shall we? 



A summary of The Heartbeat at My Feet: A Christmas Story of Love and Forgiveness


Lilly faces her most difficult year in school, feeling inadequate with a single mother and not much money, but then the unthinkable happens. When Lilly's mother is hospitalized and her brother is gone, she has to look to others for support and a place to stay. Wanda, her trusty terrier, is the only constant in Lilly's life. Just when it seems things couldn't get worse, it does.

 Lilly has to look to others to help her define family. She learns to embrace her strengths and lean into the support of friends to get her through the roughest time of her thirteen years. In the process, she learns even the most popular of her classmates are dealing with insecurities and doubts. As the holidays approach, Lilly, her foster mother, and her brother plan to welcome her mother home to a renewed family, hoping it will be a fresh start for everyone. 

However, everyone may not be in a position to accept the new definition of normal, especially, Lilly's new friends. Hope and new experiences promise to see Lilly through a difficult milestone in her coming of age. However, she may not have faced the most difficult adjustment. She learns everyone has a story, even the most consistent and reliable. 

She observes that trouble sometimes makes a person stronger and builds character, and protection may shield the thing most likely to cause growth. “I guarantee you, Lilly, strong, independent people didn’t get that way living charmed, pampered lives.” Red sat with his hands on the table in front of him. He was trying to explain the benefit of hardship.

 Lilly understood what he was saying. She knew she was stronger because of her experiences with Virgie. “Struggles make people stronger. If Macy had not experienced what she did in her early twenties, she would probably not be here the way she is today. She might be a different person. I have to say, I liked her before that defining experience and after, but it changed who we are. There is no doubt about that.”

Links to purchase this book : Amazon 

A little bit about the Author: 


Phyllis H. Moore was in her sixties before she published her first book. Yeah, a late bloomer. She has a master's degree in social work and retired from thirty years in the field to own and operate a bed and breakfast for seven years. Those experiences gave her inspiration for settings and characters to populate several novels. She remembers the fifties fondly and some things about the seventies.
Fannie Flagg, Rebecca Wells, Katherine Stockett, and most recently Sarah Addison Allen and Alice Hoffman are some of her favorite authors. Phyllis also enjoys the classic southern authors, McCuller, Faulkner and Lee. Writers not afraid to expose the underbelly and allow readers to come to their own conclusions are her favorite.
Phyllis enjoys gardening, refinishing furniture, reading, travel and writing. She currently lives on Galveston Island, Texas with her husband and adopted terrier, Ollie Bubba.

Phyllis was born and raised in south Texas. Small town, rural settings are what she knows best, but she loves being in the city and imagining the characters that inhabit the dense population. Southern authors have been her favorite. They capture the character and place she knows and expose everything that is wrong with it along the way. She believes artist, no matter their medium, have a responsibility to use their platform for the greater good. Not everyone has to agree. However, they should be willing to look, listen, and contemplate another perspective. Her goal is to present many perspectives in the essence of her characters. 


Links to find out more info: 

Goodreads

Amazon Bio Page 

Website 

Pintrest 

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