Thursday, January 3, 2019

Rebecca's Hope ~ Kimberly Grist ~ Part II ~ Timeless Thursday ~ Giveaway

Dream Big, Spread Joy 
with Kimberly Grist

I was recently asked an interesting question. What inspires you? Without really giving it thought, I answered jokingly, coffee and chocolate. My husband can attest that I am not a morning person, so it is true the thought of a good cup of joe motivates me when the annoying sound of the alarm clock doesn’t. I probably don’t even need to explain the magnetic force of chocolate.
But what really inspires me is everyday people who overcome obstacles with grace and dignity. My seven-year-old nieces' artwork sums it up nicely, Dream Big, Spread Joy. Although her spelling may not be her strong suit yet, Ali is inspiring, witty, artistic, has an amazing vocabulary and prays so fervently, she causes chills to run up and down my arm. Like many precocious children,  you never know what Ali will say next. She is an exceptional young lady, a force to be reckoned with and I am a better person for knowing her. She is also legally blind. 
In my personal life, I wear so many hats working inside and outside the home. I work hard, try harder and then begin again the next day. Despite my best efforts, sometimes life just stinks. Bad things happen, and I need and want an outlet, an opportunity to relax and escape to a place where obstacles are met and overcome. I want to hear Good News. That is why I wrote Rebecca's Hope.

Rebecca’s Hope:
Raised by her guardian and influenced by the mostly male population of Carrie Town Texas, Rebecca benefited from a forward-thinking, 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. Most single women in the area didn't stay single long. Most, but not her. The one man she had said yes to was dragging his feet. The townspeople all agree she needs a husband. Even the young girls in her Sunday School Class have taken action by writing an ad for the paper.

Wanted: Husband for Rebecca Mueller. **Must be handsome, nice, like children, and live within walking distance of Carrie Town School.

Will her circumstances change and allow her to hold out for true love?
Fans of historical romance set in late 19th-century will enjoy this beautiful story of love and forgiveness. As the unfortunate circumstances of Rebecca's childhood are revealed, 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 delightful tale of courage and reminds us how God uses adversity to strengthen us and draw us closer to Him.

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About Kimberly:
I am married to my high school sweetheart, Nelson, who is a pastor in Griffin, Georgia. We have three adult sons, one with Down syndrome, and share a passion for encouraging others with family members who have special needs. I feel called to share experiences both good and bad in an effort to inspire others and offer hope. I tend to be a perfectionist and am forever trying to add or change things to make it better. The unfortunate side of being creative in this respect is not always positive. Often my attempts fail, and my life ends up resembling an old episode, of I Love Lucy.

I've enjoyed writing since I was a young girl; however, I began writing my first novel in 2017. Inspired by so many things life has to offer including traumatic events one of which includes our oldest son's diagnosis of cancer I find 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."
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About the Giveaway:
Kimberly is offering to give away a copy of Rebecca's Hope to one reader who leaves a comment below. Winner's choice: eBook or print (US Only) Please leave your name and contact information (e.g: you(at)123XYZ(sot)com) so we can let you know if you're the winner. Giveaway ends one week from today on January 10 at Midnight, CST.  Winner will be drawn on Friday and notified via email. Thanks for entering!


  1. Peggy,
    Thanks for allowing me to be your guest. I enjoy your blog so much.

    1. The pleasure is all mine, Kim. And thanks for your kind words.

  2. Hi Kim! There is so much to tell you idk if it would all fit here but I'm so proud of you! I think of you often and have missed you more than you will ever know. You were such a positive role model in my life. I remember you giving me The Purpose Driven Life one year and though it took me 10 years to finally pick a copy up, when I saw it I immediately thought of you! I wish I had been more open minded back then and read it and gotten it's message earlier. Anyway, I love you and hope to read your books one day soon!
    Diana Turner

  3. As you know, I volunteer in the church library.
    If I win, Kim's book will be given to the library so that others may enjoy it too.
    Janet E.

    1. Hi, Janet, Thanks for stopping by. Got your name in the hat *grin*

  4. Hi Peg and Kim. I enjoyed the interview and would love to win a copy of Rebecca's Hope. This sounds like my kind of book! Thank you for the giveaway offer. Should I win, I would read the book, then donate to our local library, after leaving a review in a few places. (Friendly competition with Library Lady! LOL!). Best wishes for a Blessed 2019 everyone!

    1. Patti, so great to hear from you. Thanks for visiting. You are entered in the drawing.

  5. Hi Kim, Thank you for sharing about your life and writing experiences. Your book sounds interesting. I enjoy both historical and contemporary novels. I am also an author and enjoy writing about the hope we can have in Christ. Joan Deppa