Since the death of her mother, rejection by her step-mother and alienation of her father, Rebecca Mueller has longed to be loved.
Raised by her guardian and adopted into the hearts of the mostly male population of Carrie Town Texas, Rebecca benefited from a forward thinking and unorthodox education not typical for a young woman in the late Nineteenth century.
As an adult, she is armed with skills that most would covet, yet she lives in a boarding house, works as a waitress and struggles financially. Due to a shortage of unmarried women in the area, most single women didn’t stay single long. Most, but not her. The one man she had said yes to was dragging his feet. After a disagreement, she begins to think that he regrets proposing.
The townspeople all agree she is in need of a husband. Even the young girls in her Sunday School Class take it upon themselves to write an ad in the paper for the very thing.
Wanted: Husband for Rebecca Towns Mueller. **Must be handsome, nice, like children, and live within walking distance of Carrie Town Texas School.
Her intended Sam Brady loves Rebecca but struggles with feelings of inadequacy and economic issues brought on by locust and extreme weather. He is a committed father to his twin daughters who add an element of mischief, fun, and love to the story. He desires to be financially secure before entering marriage.
Memories of childhood events continue to plague Rebecca as she struggles to overcome hardships brought on by her abandonment and stereotypical prejudice of the time. She faces her fears and makes an effort towards reconciliation with her father as she and Sam work out their difficulties through improved communication.
Ultimately surrounded by support from friends and family, Rebecca reunites and forgives her father. As father and daughter take steps to renew a relationship, Rebecca and Sam live happily ever after.
Set in the late 19th-century, fans of historical romance will enjoy this beautiful story of love and forgiveness. As the unfortunate circumstances of Rebecca’s childhood unfold, we discover a heroine who is both resilient and kind. Rebecca and Sam’s love story will have readers rooting for their happy ending.
Combining, History, Humor, and Romance with an emphasis on Faith, Friends and Good Clean Fun, Rebecca’s Hope, is a work of fiction that reminds us how God can use adversity to strengthen, draw us closer to Him and give us the desires of our heart in ways we may never expect.
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Kimberly Grist is married to her high school sweetheart, Nelson, who is a pastor in Griffin, Georgia. She and her husband have three adult sons, one with Down syndrome, and she has a passion to encourage others in offering special needs ministries. Kim is also a grandmother and feels called to help and encourage others and to share experiences both good and bad in order to be the witness that God would have us to be.
Kim has enjoyed writing since she was a young girl, however, began writing her first novel in 2017. Inspired by so many things life has to offer one of which includes her oldest son’s diagnosis of cancer she finds it especially gratifying to write a happy ending. “Suffering is, of course, is my least favorite thing. My objective is not to discuss my struggles specifically but to combine a love of history with biblical principles to produce a clean historical Christian romance, that shows how God uses adversity for our good in ways we may never expect.”
Kim enjoys teaching Sunday School and Children’s Church and working in her butterfly garden. She and her husband also raise rottweillers, one of which recently had a part in a made for original television series.