Friday, December 14, 2012

Hope for the Journey by Joi Copeland

Kayla Musso has been married to her husband, Brad, for several years. Having just had a baby, Kayla feels her life couldn't be more perfect. Then one day, Brad drops a bomb shell on her that threatens to destroy everything they have worked so hard for in their marriage. Suddenly she is faced with a choice to forgive or let go of the life she loves so much.

Emily Sorenson had always been the picture of health, but when a trip to the doctor becomes the shock of her life, she is faced with a decision, like Kayla, to either fight the battle before her or give up the life she loves. In addition, her husband Jake has to come to grips with the struggle before them as well. As he does, he begins to question God. How could He let Emily go through such pain? As he wrestles with his questions, he faces his own dilemma. Would he be willing to seek God in his time of despair or will he walk away from everything so dear to him?

Every marriage has it struggles. Into every life, rain must fall. At some point, we all question God and his motives. Although the characters in this much-anticipated follow up to Hope for Tomorrow are fictitious, the turmoils they face are very real for many people all over the world every day, and you may find the solutions are something you can apply to give you Hope for the Journey we call "life".

Here's an excerpt of Joi's book:

A special day. Emily wondered, though, when Josephine would wise up and begin dating her only child, Steven. Emily sighed. One day soon, she hoped. And maybe then she would get that grandchild.

Thursday was spent cleaning the house, going through closets. Every so often, Emily got a hankering for super cleaning. She would tear through the entire house, getting rid of clothing, dishes, and other odds and ends she and Jake just didn't use anymore. She had taken all of the things she collected to the Goodwill.

Today was Friday, and Emily was exhausted. The day hadn't even truly begun yet. The sun had poked its head out already and was just beginning to dance its way across the sky. Thinking back, maybe she overdid it? Perhaps she did a little too much yesterday. That didn't seem likely, though. She was a bundle of energy. She could go days without napping and feel just as energized as when she was in her twenties.

Emily slowly got off the couch and went into the bathroom to get the thermometer. She needed to know just what she was dealing with. When she walked into the bathroom, the smell of mouth wash assaulted her senses. She placed her hand on her stomach, willing away the nauseous sensation that threatened to consume her. She reached into the cupboard and pulled out the thermometer.

As she placed the thermometer on her forehead and waited for the beep, she caught a glimpse of her reflection in the mirror. Her short, gray hair was rumpled and messy. Her gray blue eyes had lost the spark they normally held. They were red-rimmed and slightly puffy. She flinched as she caught the concern in her eyes. It confirmed what she already knew: Emily Sorenson was sick.

She knew it. Her body wasn't right. Where could she have gotten sick? Looking over the last week, she knew she was busy. Perhaps she caught something from someone. She thought back to her week. Sunday she had gone to church. She volunteered in the children's area.

She loved holding the babies! It was so much fun to snuggle with them and listen to their gentle coos. If only her son would make her a grandmother. Emily knew he would have to be dating someone for her to even get closer to that notion.

Monday, she and Jake went on a hike. It had been a beautiful day. The sun was shining without a cloud in the sky. Lovely! And time with her wonderful husband was always a plus!

Tuesday, she and Jake went to the senior citizen home. She was almost one herself! But her body didn't feel like one. Just because she was in her mid-fifties didn't mean she was ready to retire yet!

Emily shivered, probably due to the fever. She wrapped a blanket around her petite shoulders and slumped down lower on the couch.

On Wednesday, she had spent time with Josephine Johnson. She loved Josephine like she was her own daughter. Emily knew Josephine felt the same way about her. The two of them got along great. Jake had taken Josephine under his wing once he had met her at the hair salon she worked for. He didn't know why he had felt drawn to her, yet he did.

Looking back, Emily knew it was Divine Providence. Josephine's parents had died in a car accident a little while after Jake began his friendship with Josephine. Jake and Emily had adopted Josephine's entire family as their own. Emily felt blessed they had taken them in, as well. She and Josephine spent the afternoon together, drinking tea and sharing their hearts with one another.

It was something was seriously wrong with her. Emily was used to being all natural, but this look did not suit her in the least.

The beep sounded. 102.5 degrees! Emily frowned as she put the thermometer away. How in the world did the fever get to be so high? She put a hand on her stomach. She was feeling queasy again. Ugh, she groaned silently. She needed to wake up her husband. She didn't like to be doted on when she was sick, but Jake hated it when she was sick and didn't let him take care of her. Today, she needed his help and she knew it. She would give in to him seeing to her needs. That should make him happy, she thought with a slight smile.

With her legs feeling like lead, she trudged her way to their bedroom. Jake was still sleeping. The covers were resting under his strong, tan arm as he lay on his side. His gray hair lay rumpled around his forehead. She knew when he awoke, his hair would be standing straight up. It was something she enjoyed teasing him about.

Emily stole a glance at the clock. It was a little after eight in the morning. While Emily was awake with the birds, Jake could sleep like a bear in hibernation!

She sat down on his side of the bed and gently touched his arm. “Jake, honey,” she whispered.

“Huh?” Jake more grunted than spoke.

 “I'm not feeling so well.”

Jake put his hand on her arm and bolted upright. “Emily! You're burning up!”

She nodded. “I know. I just took my temperature. It's over 102 degrees.”

Jake shot out of bed and put Emily back into it. “Let me make you something to eat. And we need to get some liquids into you.”

Emily rested her aching head on her pillow and closed her eyes. “I couldn't eat anything right now. I feel nauseous.”

Jake's eyebrows came together. “That's not good. Do you think you have the flu?”

Emily rolled onto her side, barely able to keep talking. “I don't know. Just so tired.”

The last thing Emily remembered was Jake covering her with a blanket.

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Joi Copeland is married to a wonderful man, Chris, and has three amazing boys, She is living the dream in beautiful Denver, Colorado. Joi loves being a wife and mom and also enjoys spending time with friends over a good cup of coffee or tea. She's been a Christian for over twenty years. She's the author of two books, Hope for Tomorrow and Hope for the Journey, and one novella, Christmas Rayne.

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Joi is giving away a copy of Hope for the Journey. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Judy said...

This excerpt stopped before I wanted it to! What a great read. I can't wait to read this book. I would be delighted to win a copy of Hope For The Journey.


Library Lady said...

I would love to win the book, "Hope for the Journey" by Joi Copeland.
I can't wait to read her other books too.
Merry Christmas!

Library Lady said...

I forgot to leave my name and email. Janet E.

My Mom has been with Jesus for almost a week, hence my scattered thoughts.

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this story

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

cjajsmommy said...

This book probably has little more meat than fluff, I'm thinking. I would like to read it. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

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