Welcome to the Blog Tour for Every Window Filled with Light by Shelia Stovall, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
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 FictionA 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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and an autographed copy of Every Window Filled with Light!
Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight October 12, 2021 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on October 19, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US/CAN only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.
Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.
Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!
*NOTE: This post contains affiliate links.
I fell in love with this book and its author when I read Shelia Stovall’s dedication:
“I dedicate this book to those who have endured a tragedy and are still waiting for God to use it for His good.”Shelia Stovall
That told me so much about the book I was preparing to read…and about the author’s heart. I knew I was about to read the story of Emma, the widow of a man who who was killed by a young assailant. Clearly, there’s the tragedy. But the quote gave me hope that Emma might just be on the path to something amazing.
I adored Emma from the get-go. She is understandable and relatable (who among us hasn’t struggled with forgiveness, often for things much less challenging than a spouse’s murder?). She works in the field of one of my great loves (she’s a librarian!). She has a good dog. And she recognizes a man she’s attracted to, even though she tries to talk herself out of that.
But, Emma is not perfect. (Whew! Lucky for us.) She has what Christians, years ago, might have called a “besetting sin;” something dogging her that is “persistent,” “constantly in evidence,” or “deeply rooted.” (www.woh.org) Emma’s besetting sin is anger. Anger that flares up when the hottie Pastor Luke suggests that she might want to begin to work on forgiving her husband’s murderer, Winston; or to read the letters he has written to Emma. (Winston is in a men’s group that Luke is leading.) Or when her loving yet highly controlling mother arranges events or responsibilities for Emma to lead without talking to her first. It’s there. It may not proceed into outward physical expression, but it is in her heart and mind, fighting against her. She is able to put that off until Harley, a teen girl who’s homeless, comes into her home (Emma’s now a foster parent). And Harley has the same besetting sin; from different yet just as devastating events.
Weldon, Emma’s small town, charmed me. (Some of my favorite years of life occurred when I lived in a town with a population of less than 15,000.) It includes, of course, the gossips, the backstabbers (only a few), and the rabble-rousers, but mostly it’s people who dearly love each other, from Miss Dot at the diner to Pastor Bob, who loves his congregation mightily.
So I loved both the setting and the characters of the book. And, I loved Every Window Filled With Light for its hope, its care, and the love of God that the reader can see, little by little, as Emma’s and Harley’s lives change and begin to creep towards newness; of life, of occupation, and of relationship. Best of all, it’s a fantastic read! I found myself binge-reading it (that sounds so much better than “gorge,” doesn’t it?) again and again, never content to stop with just one chapter. All those things together prove that Shelia Stovall is a fabulous writer…and that Every Window Filled With Light should be next on your reading list!
Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.