Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sherry Kyle's Delivered with Love

Sherry Kyle is a graduate of Biola University with a degree in Communications, and a minor in Bible.

She is the author of The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style (Legacy Press, 2010) and Delivered with Love (Abingdon Press, 2011).

Sherry and her husband have four children, three biological and one by adoption. When she isn't writing, she enjoys Zumba, watching movies, reading and spending time with her family and friends. She lives in California.

You can find Sherry online at
Website: www.sherrykyle.com, Facebook,
Twitter: twitter.com/#!/sherrykyle,
Blog on website: web.mac.com/dkyle/Site/Blog/Blog.html

She is a contributor to these blogs:
Fun Faith 4 Girls: www.funfaith4girls.blogspot.com and
Christian Authors Network: canblog.typepad.com

Delivered with Love

An old love letter found in the glove compartment of a young woman's inherited 1972 Volkswagen propels her to leave her life in Los Angeles and go to the small town of Capitola, California. There her dream of finding the writer of the letter leads her on an unexpected journey that changes her life forever.


Claire James, age twenty-three, is ready to make it on her own. When she's fired from her job as a waitress and subsequently kicked out of her sister's home, she sees it as an opportunity to start over. But even before moving, a thirty-five-year-old love letter written to her mother keeps Claire stuck in the past.

Michael Thompson, a middle-aged real estate agent, wants to keep the past where it belongs--at least until his grown daughter is married. But, then a young woman comes to town...

Here's an excerpt of Delivered with Love:

Chapter 1

The hum of well-wishers’ voices swirled around Claire James as she stood numbly in front of the brick fireplace in her mother’s cramped Los Angeles apartment. Her black dress, size six and at least two years old, squeezed the oxygen out of her lungs. Claire attempted to take a deep breath and willed herself not to cry. One minute at a time. That’s how she would survive.

She looked down at her feet to avoid eye contact with the so-called friends and family who came to pay their last respects. Where were these people when Mom was sick? Claire pushed the cynical thought to the back of her mind.

The scuffs on her black sandals were a sad reminder of her life the past few years since her mother had been diagnosed with cancer. They had spent all her college money on chemo, radiation, and natural remedies to keep her mother alive. But in the end it hadn’t mattered.

She walked across the room and stood next to the small circular table in the corner that held the punch and dessert. Haley, her older sister, had insisted on a reception, saying that their mother deserved a party. Party? Yes, Mom loved parties, but today was not a day to celebrate. Claire bought the punch, while Haley baked a homemade chocolate cake with vanilla icing. The sweet smell turned her stomach. Her sister topped each of the two tiers with daisies, their mother’s favorite flower. Claire picked one off the top and held it to her chest.

“I’m sorry about your loss.” Geraldine, the elderly lady from down the hall, startled her back to the present. She patted Claire’s hand. “She suffered a long time.”

Claire nodded and blinked back tears. She hadn’t seen her neighbor in quite some time.

“Well, it’s probably time for me to go.” Geraldine straightened the pillbox hat perched on her head. “I need to feed my cats.”

Claire forced what she hoped resembled a smile. Geraldine’s cats were fed better than some humans—including her. What she would do for freshly baked salmon instead of frozen dinners. The smell permeated the hallway every Thursday evening.

“Bye, Geraldine.”

Claire glanced at the clock. Only half an hour more and she’d have the place to herself again.

Each minute was an exercise in patience. The condolences, hugs, and empty words wore on her. She rubbed her moist forehead and swallowed. Suddenly, the room spun and her hands trembled. She needed to get out of there.

Here's the book trailer for Delivered with Love:



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Sherry is giving away a copy of Delivered with Love. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

19 comments:

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel :)

karenk
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Tracy Smith said...

Wonderful book trailer. Please enter me for this drawing.

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cjajsmommy said...

Having lost someone a little less than a year ago that I cared for in my home before she died, I can relate to some of Claire's thoughts and feelings. I would like to read this book.

lgm52 said...

Thanks for the giveaway...sounds like a sweet read!
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Charity said...

I would love to be entered in this giveaway! Sounds like a nice book:) Thanks!

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Marianne said...

Thanks for a great interview/post, Esther and Sherry. I would love to win Delivered with Love. mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo.com

Courtney said...

Thanks for the giveaway of this great book!! It sounds really good!!

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ann said...

sounds like a wonderful book that I hope to win

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apple blossom said...

love to be entered thanks

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PriviesAndPrims said...

Sounds like a good story line!

Please enter me~

Doreen
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Amy said...

Sounds good. Please enter me. Thanks.

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Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

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Rebecca said...

Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This sounds like a great book. I would love to read it. Thanks again.

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Judy said...

Great interview with Sherry! Love that melted chocolate with dipped strawberries!!

Congratulations are in order for your 23rd anniversary tomorrow!

This book sounds like a great read and I would love to win a copy of it. Thanks for this giveaway!

Blessings,
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Susan H said...

Sounds like a great book! I look forward to reading it!

Pam K. said...

I read the excerpt and watched the trailer, now I'd love to win the book and read the whole story! Thanks.
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Jo said...

Sounds like a good book. Please enter me.

Blessings,
Jo
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Amy Holbrook said...

I've been wanting to read this for a while. I hope I win.

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Meredith said...

Great excerpt! I'd love to read the rest!

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