Title – A Heart Made For Love
Author – Linda Tillis
Genre – Historical/Inspirational Romance
Publisher – The Wild Rose Press
Book Blurb –
In rural Florida, 1903, Mae Hinton cares for her father and younger brothers, trying to fill her deceased mother’s shoes. Her life is shattered and her faith tested when her innocence is stolen by roving miscreants. Left unconscious, unable to identify her attackers, she pledges to help other victimized women. She pursues an education and learns to deal with bigoted ministers, well-to-do hypocrites, and men with higher regard for their livestock than their women.
Edward Finch is nearly done with medical studies in England when he comes home for the holidays. Love flourishes, and Mae seems close to achieving her dreams of both true love and a haven for victims, once she can explain to him why she carries a pistol. Then her new-found happiness is upset by a murder as one of her attackers returns.
She may settle this herself…or she may find that vengeance truly belongs to God.
A faint breeze drifted across the balcony, bringing a whiff of something that brought Mae out of her daydream and began a growing sense of unease.
As her nose caught the elusive scent again, her stomach tightened and she began to tremble. The fragrance, wafting in and out of the reach of her memory, was lemongrass. Mae understood it was unreasonable to be this frightened by a hint of lemongrass on the breeze, and she’d almost calmed her foolish nerves when she became aware of male voices. Right behind the palm trees at her shoulders, one of the men said something she could not understand, and then the second one spoke: “Perhaps this is not such a good idea after all.”
Mae wanted to stand, to run, to scream, but she found herself frozen to the bench. Time stood still. She could no longer hear anything. There was just the roaring in her head. She could see Patrick clapping his hands and jumping up and down as the fireworks display illuminated the evening sky. Everyone on the balcony was staring off to the north, where the beautiful colored lights made intricate patterns in the air.
Mae could only hear her inner roar — the sound of the culmination of a fear so strong she was almost paralyzed by it. The only sound she made was the soft rustling of her satin dress as she first stood, then collapsed as if her bones had melted. It was a good minute or two before anyone became aware that the young woman lying on the balcony floor had fainted dead away.
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Author Biography –
Linda was born in Goody, Kentucky, the heart of coal-mining country. She lost her mother to cancer when she was ten years old. The then moved to Florida to live with her father and his new family.
She was a voracious reader in high school and often earned a couple of dollars by writing book reports for others.
She went to work in the garment manufacturing industry a week after graduating high school. She spent nine years on the sewing floor, then nine years as assistant to the production manager. Linda saw the hand writing on the wall when the garment industry started its migration overseas.
She then went to work for the local police department as a dispatcher, but after six months, she started training as a Crime Scene Investigator. After she spent twenty years of photographing, recording, and testifying in abuse cases, homicides, and everything in between, her husband convinced her that the job was slowly killing her. She agreed and retired.
After a year to recuperate and clear her head, she went back to work as a 911 dispatcher and continued for another seven years. As the last retirement drew closer, she started writing. Her stories are of strong women who overcome adversity to find the love they deserve. She hopes they will give strength to someone out there who needs to understand that they are NOT alone.
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