Thursday, January 24, 2013

Dreaming of a Father's Love by Sharon Lavy

Back Cover Blurb:
Sara Brubaker was two years old when a German Baptist couple adopted her. She has become a beautiful woman, and works as a secretary for Alexander's. Now she's torn between wanting to live in the normal world of fun and fashion, or joining the Dunkards to truly belong with her adoptive family.

Birdie Alexander thinks if she works at the family business hard enough and long enough she will gain her father's love. Can she learn a thing or two from the German Baptist secretary?

Irene West is Birdie's lifelong Sunday school friend. Irene misses having a father figure around, and is very boy crazy, which causes Birdie to struggle with the friendship and Irene to struggle with life.

Will Birdie overcome her self-righteous nature before it's too late—for Irene?

Read the excerpt:

She’d been called Birdie for so many years, that when the superintendent called on Roberta Mona Alexander to give the Valedictorian speech, she didn’t respond. If a classmate hadn’t jabbed her and whispered, “That’s you,” Birdie might have missed the second call as well.


The following morning, as Birdie entered the conservatory that housed her father’s experimental plants, the rest of her life stretched before her. The lyrics of Helen Reddy’s song, I Am Woman, raced in her mind. Elation surged through her body like a jolt of lightning. If she had her way, by the end of summer any one of these plants could win a blue ribbon.

During her high school years Birdie had taken special care in learning about each of the cultivars Alexander’s grew. Wanting to learn more about plant genetics, she’d checked out the horticulture classes at the local junior college. She knew that some plants needed to dry out between watering while others preferred to be kept constantly moist. But no plant liked soggy soil. Birdie was determined to give each one the exact amount of water and fertilizer they required.

It was still dark outside. Birdie flipped on the lights and almost tripped over a two-foot roll of ½” tubing that wasn’t in the room yesterday. She wondered how long it would be stored here. Could she find someone to scoot it out of the path?

Moments later, as she headed down the first row of herb-scented geraniums, a tickling sensation crossed her ankles. Birdie bent and scooped Miss Chloe into her arms. The cat smelled of the foliage where she loved to play. “If you get much bigger, I won’t be able to lift you,” Birdie said as she straightened and draped her pet around her shoulders.

Last winter when she’d found the miniature cat shivering in the snow-covered display garden, the kitten was just a fluffy fur ball and fit into the palm of one hand. Now five months later, she weighed twenty-five pounds. Chances were she wasn’t yet full grown.

Birdie hummed as she deadheaded the plants. The contented purr from Miss Chloe was like a massage on the back of her neck. The dried blooms crumbled between her fingers gave off a lemon-rose scent. Before long, the tabby jumped down to pounce on the wilted flowers. Birdie laughed and threw a few more of the special geraniums blooms toward her. Miss Chloe tried to catch them in her paws.

How had Birdie’s father known which genetics to track to get the various scents? Would he take her more seriously if she learned more about DNA? Would he take her more seriously if she used her formal name?

Would he ever take her seriously?

To buy her book, go here:

About Sharon:
Sharon A Lavy lives with her husband in SW Ohio. When not reading, writing, or sewing for her family, she enjoys traveling with her husband in the small plane they call Charley. She is best known in the novel writing community, as that German Baptist lady. In the Old German Baptist community she’s a dressmaker, a pattern maker, and the sister who writes. And in her own mind she’s a wife, a mother, and a grandmother, but above all a child of God.

Her greatest desire is to be a woman after God’s own heart

Sharon has a heart for hurting women, and writes women’s fiction. Because when it’s all said and done, it’s about relationships.

If you enjoyed reading this book, would you be so kind as to post an honest review? She's been a WordServe client since 2012 and is a member of: ACFW, RWA, FH&L

To contact Sharon, go here:

Amazon Author Page:

Sharon is giving away a copy of Dreaming of a Father's Love. 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


Charity U said...

Sounds interesting! I'd like to read it. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Judy said...

Dreaming of a Father's Love is going to be a great read and I'd love to win a copy of it.

I enjoyed finding out a little bit about Sharon. A small plane named Charlie. I wonder who picked out that name? Known as the Old German Baptist lady isn't bad either. I think the name is cute!


Teela said...

Sharon's. Book dreaming of a fathers love sounds like a great read. I would love to read & write a review on this book and then place it in our church library knowing others would enjoy reading it as well. Http://

Sharon A. Lavy said...

Thank you for stopping by. I wish you could all win!

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win Sharon's book sounds like a wonderful book

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Tea norman said...

Thankfully, I had a father in my life. Can't imagine life without him. Would like to read about Birdie. Enjoyed reading your excerpt.

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this beautiful story

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Library Lady said...

I enjoyed reading the article about Sharon. I love the cover of the book and I would love to win it too.
Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
Janet E.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. Thanks for having the giveaway.


Nancee said...

Thanks for sharing about your new book, Sharonn! It sounds wonderful! I would love an opportunity to win a copy! Thank you for offering it in this giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Hello Sharon. This is my first chance to win a book by one of you girls. Neat! This sounds like a really good book. I would love to win it. Thanks for the chance. I love following this blog.
Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

HomePlace Gatherings said...

Would love to win! Torn between two worlds is always an interesting story.

priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

cjajsmommy said...

Recently I've backed away from Amish books because they aren't written by Amish and, having now met some Amish, I don't see a whole lot of reality in the Amish books. Initially I was not interested in this book until I realized that this was a German Baptist lady writing about German Baptists. Reality! Not an outsider's viewpoint. I'd like to read this book. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Caroline said...

Thank you ladies, for stopping by! Love all your comments about Sharon's information.

Cjajsmommy, I wanted to mention (which you may already know):) is that many of the Amish writers are connected someway w/the amish. Susanne W Fisher grew up w/them. Mary Ellis travels to each Amish sector she writes about and learns about them, even though she grew up near them and was strongly connected to them. I don't know about all the writers, but I do know some do a lot of research and/or are connected.

Most writers do a lot of research about the topics they write (at least the ones I know). Sometimes we've not experienced it personally (what we're writing about) but through our research, or through the lives of those around us, we can get so connected it feels as if we have/are going through it.

I hope that explains a little bit more about writers to you.
Special blessings and thanks for your comment. I'm so glad you've discovered Sharon's debut book! We're looking more from her in the near future!

Sharon A. Lavy said...

Thanks for all the wonderful comments. You have blessed me.

Anonymous said...

Congrats on your book! I am hoping to win a copy :)
Elizabeth N

Amy R.S. said...

This book sounds really good. Also she is a new to me author. Thanks for the giveaway.

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