by Kristen Terrette
Published: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Hartwood Publishing, Hart & Soul Imprint
Purchase: Safe Harbor
Eva Elliott is left with a jaded heart after the death of her boyfriend while she was pregnant. She pushed away the idea of God and love, focusing solely on her daughter, Willow. She accepts an offer from her mom to move to Moanna Island, off the coast of Georgia. She hopes the move will help her tuck away the guilt for the role she thinks she played in her boyfriend’s death.
Thad Smith is the local youth mentor and football coach, who’s finally recovered from his fall from grace when his NFL career ended. The day Eva arrives, Thad saves her daughter from drowning in the ocean the day, instantly connecting the pair. Eva stubbornly fights the stirring in her heart the moment Thad smiles, but since Thad coaches the football team where Eva teaches, and lives down the street, God continues to intertwine their lives. Eva will not agree to a date, so Thad uses his adventurous spirit to his advantage.
She doesn’t expect Thad’s ex to throw a kink in the fragile plan, nor for Thad’s relationship with God to convict her own shame and brokenness. Just when she opens the door to God, finally ready to make things right, an accident occurs that could leave Willow an orphan and Thad all alone again.
Get to know Kristen...
I am a totally addicted to Pinterest and therefore all my main characters have already been pinned as a celebrity look-alike about a million times at this point. When you see my Character Inspiration board, you’ll quickly see Jason Momoa splattered all over it. He is definitely Thad’s twin (Safe Harbor’s hero). He’s a super tall, muscle-clad, ex-football playing, brute of a man. He has some tattoos and an air of toughness about him, but when he smiles…your insides turn to mush. Thad and J. Momoa both have sincere smiles that leave creases all over their gorgeous faces.
My heroine, Eva, is more of a Rachel Bilson look-alike. She’s a dark beauty and on the petite side, which stands in stark contrast to Thad. Rachel comes across as a southern belle- which maybe because of her show Hart of Dixie- but Eva is much the same, only without the twangy voice.
What's your favorite chore?
I have gone through three Swifter Sweepers over the last handful of years. I wear them out! I buzz that little mini-vac with a duster cloth on the bottom all through my house at least once a day. Sometimes more. My family hates the sound it makes at this point.
What’s your favorite book?
At any given moment, the answer to this question could be different, but the book that popped in my head was Lynn Austin’s Hidden Places. The weave of characters and their life-stories was breathtaking to me as a writer. I kept thinking, “I want to write like this one day!” It was a stretch for me to even pick it up, because I normally only enjoy recent contemporary settings in the books I read- which is weird because I love history and just completed a literary fiction novel that spans generations. This story is set in the depression era, but was recommended by a trusted reader friend, so I read it and was so glad I did. It’s opened my mind to other stories out of my comfort zone ever since!
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