Today I’mÂ privilege having Trish Perry with me. Â I just read her book The Perfect Blend. But before I talk about it I want to learn a little more about Trish.
When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?
Oh, goodness, there are so many!
If heâ€™s there, one person Iâ€™d like to meet is the Roman guard whose severed ear Jesus reattached in the Garden of Gethsemane. If Christâ€™s amazing, loving gesture convinced that guard of Christâ€™s divinity and led to his salvation, I want to hear his transformation story.
But to choose a shoo-in, Iâ€™d say Mary. One thing Mel Gibsonâ€™s The Passion of the Christ presented so heartbreakingly was the fact that Mary saw Jesus as her little boy. Always. Right to the end. Iâ€™m eager to see the joy in her face now that theyâ€™re reunited and she knows fully thatâ€”understatement of the millenniumâ€”everything worked out for her amazing Son.
What would be the first question you would like to ask him/her?
How did you carry on after your loss? How did you get out of bed in the morning? How did you keep from growing bitter? The same questions I would ask most mothers who have gone through losing their children. Of course, I imagine once we enter Heaven, we donâ€™t wonder about such things.
When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?
I honestly didnâ€™t give the future a great deal of thought when I was very young. I didnâ€™t think that far ahead. I wanted to achieve the perfect skateboard run. Master riding my bike downhill without holding hands. Get a real Barbie doll, rather than the cheap knock-off my mom gave me. Those were my ambitions.
I know my love of movies led to my thinking it would be fabulous to be an actress. But I never pursued acting in any fashionâ€”I suppose I anticipated the malt-shop-discovery route to Hollywood fame. Now I thank the Lord nothing like that ever happened! What a life!
Still, my leanings were always artistically inclined when I was young. I loved art, dance, singing, writing, and film. I actually dabbled in a few of those areas. But writing was the one that was real.
Of all the characters you’ve written which one would be your favorite? and why?
Honestly, my current heroine is always my favorite, because Iâ€™m so in her head while I write her story. So right now that would be Rachel Stanhope, a ballroom dance instructor in 1950s Arlington, Virginia (for Unforgettable).
But I have a secondary character in nearly every book who ends up being the smarty pants or amusingly dim one. I love them, too. Aunt Addie in The Guy Iâ€™m Not Dating is one like that. An older lady, she utters a few gems here and there, even while being pretty clueless much of the time. Love her.
We see a lot of advice out there for writers, but what advice would you give someone like me, who enjoys reading and writing reviews on a book? What makes a good review?
A good review never includes spoilers. And even though a review reader is wondering Whatâ€™s In It For Me?, I like a reviewer who shares why that book touched her (assuming it did). Comments like these from reviewers on Amazon:
â€œI’ve never been able to picture how a relationship could work like that, but this book left me with a sense of hope that Godly relationships between men and women are not dead and can be done.â€
â€œThis book made me want to call my own sisters and tell them how much I love them.â€
That human touch from a reviewer tells a lot about a book, as far as Iâ€™m concerned.
Thanks so much Trish. Â Now the pressure’s on me.
This story started off grabbing my attention. From the beginning I felt for Steph and what she was going through, not from experience, but I felt empathy for her. Â Each character, the good, the quirky, and the annoying, added to the story and Steph’s journey. The best part of this story is watching Steph grow as a person and finding her identity. Though,Â I think in many ways Millie was my favorite character. Â She exemplifies how we as Christians should act toward those we are hurting. Â I loved how she stepped out and reached out to Steph. Â Sadly Steph’s story isn’t an uncommon one. Â Working in at a college I see many students finding themselves in Steph’s shoes and wondering what to do next. Â This story was so entertaining and made me laugh out loud at times. Â But it also touched me deeply and reminded me of the important truth, God loves me for who I am.
If you are looking for a light read that will entertain you and encourage you, definitely read this book.
To learn more about Trish check out her website at www.trishperry.com (She has lots of book give aways and great reviews!!)
I want to thank Harvest House for the opportunity to review this book.
Contest: You can win a copy of The Perfect Blend by leaving a comment and since our setting is a English Tea Shop share your favorite type of tea. Â The winner will be chosen October 17th at 9:00 PM PDT using www.random.org. Â chances of winning are based on the number of entries. Â This is for those of you 18 and older within the United States.
FYI as of 10/8/10 CBD was cheaper than Amazon!!!!
||The Perfect Blend, Tea Shop Series #1
By Trish Perry / Harvest House Publishers
Steph Vandergrift leaves everything behind to marry attorney Rick Manfred . . . only to be left at the altar. So she takes a job at the local tea shop, where she meets eligible bachelor Kendall James. But by the time she’s ready to date again, Rick returns and wants her back. What does God have in mind? 256 pages, softcover from Harvest.