Annabelle’s Joy ~ Betty Thomason Owens

Yes, I know it’s Thursday. But there’s something happening that I just had to share with you. My friend and crit partner, Betty Thomason Owens has released the sequel to Annabelle’s Ruth.

I’ve followed Annabelle’s and Tom’s story through the first two books in the Kinsman Redeemer Series, and I’m excited to finally read how it all works out. Psst! You won’t be disappointed. I love these two characters!

In my Sutter’s Landing book review, I mentioned how one character’s prayer made such an impact on me that I’ll never forget that scene. That character was Tom!

Ready to learn more? Keep reading!

Annabelle’s Joy

Annabelle’s Joy – Kinsman Redeemer, Book 3

Genre: historical romance

Author: Betty Thomason Owens

Book Blurb:

She’s waited too long. When Tom proposed last year, Annabelle wasn’t ready to open her heart to another man. Pain still held a thin crust around it. Time has healed her heart, but with a new woman in town, one who clearly has her sights set on Tom, does it matter if Annabelle’s heart is ready to love again?

Folks in town are keeping a close eye on their pharmacist, hoping to be the first to hear the good news. He’s been courting the widow Cross for nigh on two years now. Annabelle Cross better wake up and put her dancing shoes on. Mr. Tom is prime real estate.

Drift back into the simple, country life of Tennessee in 1957 with this sequel to award-winning ANNABELLE’S RUTH.

“A 1950s Clean & Wholesome Romance”

About the Author:

Betty Thomason Owens considers herself a word-weaver, writing stories that touch the heart. Besides her work on the KCWC planning committee, she also leads the Louisville Area ACFW group and is a co-founder of the multi-author Inspired Prompt blog. Married forty-four years, she’s a mother of three, and a grandmother of eight. A part-time bookkeeper at her day-job, she writes for Write Integrity Press, and has seven novels in publication. You can learn more about her at BettyThomasonOwens.com. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

“Time has healed her heart, but with a new woman in town, one who clearly has her sights set on Tom, does it matter if Annabelle’s heart is ready to love again?” @batowens @GailJohnson87 #books #amreading

What a Friend!

When thinking about this post, I thought about the different ways a friend provokes growth into our lives. We all know the blessings and, unfortunately, the dangers of allowing people into our private lives. Being misunderstood, misjudged, or maligned is painful. Yet, vulnerability is the price we must pay to gain friends.

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). 

To be friendly means we must be open with others. Easy? Hardly! But, I think it’s worth the pain to find a good friend. I’m grateful for the gift of friendship, aren’t you?

Friends help us through good times and bad times. They mourn when we mourn and rejoice when we rejoice. However, sometimes earthly friends can’t be there for us because of responsibilities, emergencies, forgetfulness, or they’re unaware of the problem. During those instances, we may get upset when they don’t show up and show out. Remember the three “M” words above? Yeah, it happens.

Thankfully, there’s a friend who can and will be with us no matter the circumstances. He has no time limitations and no responsibilities that keep Him from us. He is omnipotent and omnipresent. And He calls us friend.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you (John 15:13-15).

The following hymn holds the truth I’m speaking about. But first, a little history.

While living in Canada, Joseph Scriven received news of his mother’s illness. Financially unable to make the trip home to Ireland, he penned the words to a poem in hopes it would comfort his mother.

Later, Charles Converse wrote the melody to “Pray Without Ceasing,” Today, we know the poem as the beautiful hymn, “What a Friend We  Have in Jesus.

As you read the words, try not to sing it. Let the truth sink deep into your souls.

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

What a friend we have in Jesus

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Ev ‘rything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

Oh, what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Ev ‘rything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged;

Take it to the Lord in prayer:

Can we find a friend so faithful

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our ev ‘ry weakness,

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge;

Take it to the Lord in prayer:

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer;

In his arms he’ll take and shield thee;

Thou wilt find a solace there.

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).  @GailJohnson87 #friend #hope

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