ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Every Window Filled with Light
Series: The Weldon Novels #1
Author: Shelia Stovall
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.
Release Date: March 23, 2021
Genre: Women’s Contemporary Christian Fiction
A heartwarming small town story of faith and forgiveness, friendship, family, and hope.
Welcome to Weldon, where the only things the locals love more than fried fruit pies are gossip and match-making.
Librarian Emma Baker, a young and childless widow, believes her dream to build a family is over. It’s been two years since a student accidentally stabbed Emma’s husband to death, and her grief has stifled any interest in romance—until she meets Pastor Luke Davis. But when Emma learns Luke is counseling her husband’s killer fresh out of jail, her temper gets in the way.
Meanwhile, Emma discovers twelve-year-old Harley, abandoned by her drug-addict mother, hiding in the library, and takes the girl in as her foster mom. Then a young mother is made homeless by an apartment fire, and Emma opens her home again. One person and one prayer at a time, Emma begins to discover hope.
“Every Window Filled with Light by Shelia Stovall is a warm and delightful story of forgiveness and hope. Stovall skillfully paints a great word picture of her fictional little town of Weldon and peoples it with characters you will be glad to meet as you follow their stories. You’ll love the generous heart of Emma and admire her resilience as she faces the challenges of life and love. If you like feel-good stories, then Every Window Filled with Light is a book you won’t want to miss.”—Ann H. Gabhart, best-selling author of An Appalachian Summer.
When Emma meets Luke is one of my favorite scenes because although my book deals with some difficult issues, there is also humor.
At the last stack, Emma divided the books on the shelf and peeked through the opening. The lanky girl in the stained, sky-blue hoodie had been curled up in the chair all day, sleeping. Was that Harley? It had been weeks since she’d been in the library. Where had Harley been since school started? Poor kid missed the show. Emma removed her phone from her sweater pocket, turned, and walked directly into a hard, broad chest. The tall, dark, David-lookalike stranger stepped back and gripped her elbows.
“Excuse me.” They spoke in unison.
“Are you all right, Mrs. Baker?” His inviting voice made her yearn to lean in, to wrap herself in the warm tones.
She blinked. “Y–yes.” Emma slid her phone into her back pocket. But she didn’t have a back pocket. Good gracious. She’d just shoved her phone inside the waistband of her pants. She slapped her palm against her hip to try to catch it, but the device slipped further down. She’d burn these slacks.
“I’m Luke Davis.” He extended his hand.
Sweat broke out on Emma’s forehead, but her palm remained glued to her backside.
“You are Mrs. Baker, aren’t you?”
“Yes.” Her voice sounded raspy.
She let go of the phone and shook his hand. A current of energy traveled up her arm, and she inhaled sharply. In all her life, she’d never had such a reaction to a man, not even when she’d met Chris.
She stood there, dumbstruck, then gulped in air.
“Is there a place we can speak privately?” His low voice implied intimacy.
Emma bit her lip when her phone slipped further down her back thigh. Lord, have mercy. She jiggled her right leg. The phone slid down to the bend of her knee, and she smiled without showing her teeth. If only the dratted thing would fall down the rest of the way. It didn’t. With a sigh, she bent over and pretended to brush something from her calf. Finally! The onyx rectangle clattered to the floor.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shelia Stovall is the director of a small-town library in southern Kentucky, where only strangers mention her last name, and the children call her Miss Shelia.
It tickles her to see shocked expressions when folks learn she’s traveling to Africa—again. She’s the worst missionary ever, but God continues to send her to the ends of the earth as He attempts to mold her into something useful.
Shelia is a country girl who relishes eating a bologna sandwich at a country store just as much as savoring an elegant meal in a posh restaurant.
Shelia and her husband Michael live on a farm, and she enjoys taking daily rambles to the creek with their three dogs. Spending time with family, especially her grandchildren, is her all-time favorite thing. The only hobby Shelia loves more than reading uplifting stories of hope is writing them.
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