Sunday, September 26, 2010

Head In The Clouds

by Karen Witemeyer

About the author:
Karen Witemeyer is a deacon's wife who believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters. To that end she combines her love of bygone eras with her passion for helping women mature in Christ to craft historical romance novels that lift the spirit and nurture the soul.

Karin holds a master’s degree in Psychology from Abilene Christian University and is a member of ACFW, RWA, and her local writers guild.

She has published fiction in Focus on the Family’s children’s magazine, written several articles for online publications and anthologies. Witemeyer follows her delightful first novel, A Tailor-Made Bride, with Head In The Clouds, another tale of romance in America’s West.

Karen is also an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. She makes her home in Abilene, Texas with her husband and three children.

The Blurb:
Adelaide Proctor is a young woman with her head in the clouds, longing for a real-life storybook hero to claim as her own. But when a husband-hunting debacle leaves her humiliated, she interviews for a staid governess position on a central Texas sheep ranch and vows to leave her romantic yearnings behind.

Gideon Westcott left his privileged life in England to make a name for himself in America's wool industry, he never expected to become a father overnight. And five-year-old Isabella hasn't uttered a word since she lost her mother. The unconventionality of the new governess concerns Gideon--and intrigues him at the same time. But he can't afford distractions. He has a ranch to run, a shearing to oversee, and a suspicious fence-cutting to investigate.

When Isabella's uncle comes to claim the child--and her inheritance--Gideon and Adelaide must work together to protect Isabella from the man's evil schemes. And soon neither can deny their growing attraction. But after so many heartbreaks, will Adelaide be willing to get her head out of the clouds and put her heart on the line?

What Others Say:
 Adelaide Proctor longs for romance and a hero to call her own. When she follows a fellow she thinks will fit that bill she is surprised to learn that he is married. Stuck in a new town with no job and very little money prompts her to apply for a governess position caring for the daughter of handsome rancher, Gideon Westcott. She gets the job when he sees how very good she is with his 'silent' Isabella. As Adelaide slowly draws Bella out of her shell with her playful and endearing ways she also slowly starts winning the heart of Gideon. But Bella's uncle wants her inheritance and will stop at nothing to get it. Maybe even murder!

This was the first book I've read by this author but I can tell you it won't be my last. The story was a well balanced mix of romance and suspense with splashes humor and touching moments along the way. Filled with great characters and lots of snappy dialog it held my attention from beginning to end. Adelaide was the type of heroine I love reading about. She was sweet yet feisty and her playful manner made me want to be like her. Gideon was a wonderful hero. He was strong yet sensitive and tender. Isabella is at the center of the story and is so cute you'll want to adopt her as your own. One thing I really appreciated about the story was that it reminds us that just because bad things happen to us doesn't mean God's not taking care of us. It was also clever how the author used an old testament story to guide out heroine. This was just an all around GREAT story that I would highly recommend. Great job, Karen! A thank you goes to LibraryThing Early Reviewers for this complimentary review copy." ~~Romantic Reader

My Take:
Tonight is the night. She could feel it.— The opening line drew me in. Ms. Witemeyer did an excellent job of keeping my attention with her well crafted characters.

Adelaide tried to be respectful, tried to be content, tried to keep her place. She really did. But I loved her outspoken ways. And how she did the right thing because she used her God given brain and thought like a woman. I really liked that part!

As a book worm myself I loved to read about Adelaide and how engrossed she could be with her nose in a book. Just as I was when I read Karen Witemeyer's latest story: Head In The Clouds.

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Book Contest: 
We are featuring Head In The Clouds by Karen Witemeyer this week.

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Leave a comment on any of my blog my posts this week along with information how to get hold of you if you are the winner. Posts on facebook do not count. We only check the messages on the blog to pick a winner.

We will send one special person a copy of Head In The Clouds.

God Bless your day and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, September 20, 2010

The ACFW Conference From A Founders Perspective

Guest Blogger: Lynn Coleman


This years conference was awesome and I don't choose that word lightly. In
the Bible awesome is only used in reference to God. It's in that connotation
that I'm using the word awesome.

Here are a few reasons why I think the conference was awesome: Jesus was there from start to finish. In meeting old and new friends, in workshops, in one on one appointments and lets not forget in worship.

When we started ACFW we had three main goals. One to be an organization of integrity and with God at the heart of everything we said and did. This was very important at that time and today. We wanted and prayed for "no' spirit of competition between one another. That each member would be thankful for the blessings of another when he or she made a sale. 


Yes, that does mean a personal loss for yourself if you were going for the same slot as your friend. But we truly wanted people to see that in rejoicing with your friend you were trusting the Lord and his timing for your book, in His hand. I personally had seen too many Christians being angry with their friends for winning a book contract that they too had wanted. The spirit of unity and joy is still alive and well in ACFW and truthfully it has grown. 


I publicly want to thank God and thank all of you for living in that place. Yes rejection hurts but God uses rejection to help us refine ourselves and our writing.

The second goal we had was to raise the awareness and need for Christian Fiction in the industry. Back when I was hosting online workshops for Christian writers in America Online (the beginning roots of ACFW) you could go into a Christian bookstore and see maybe a shelf or two of Christian Fiction. The stores just weren't carrying it. Many people did not know that there were Christian fiction books out there. I'm happy to say that isn't the case any longer. Back then there were several publishers who wouldn't consider fiction. Today fiction is eagerly sought out by almost all the Christian book publishers.

And last but not least, that the principle of encouraging Christian authors to grow spiritually as well as refine the craft of writing was key to success in writing Christian fiction. I must tell you my eyes watered with joy when I heard our president reflect that same principle at this years conference. Isn't God awesome?

God gave me a huge vision years ago when He called me to start ACRW then ACFW but it was not my vision alone. He called a small group of us together who prayerfully considered what this would mean to us and cost us personally to spend so many hours putting the foundation together. He also sent others to continue to build and help us develop this organization into the original vision. He has done that and is continuing to do it.

I know the cost is a huge one for many to attend. But I also know our God has many resources. Earnestly seek Him and ask Him to enable you to attend next years conference. It's going to be a wonderful celebration of all that He's done for the past decade and a platform for all that He's going to continue to do for the future of Christian Fiction, ACFW and you as a writer.

At this years conference there was joy, heartache, feelings of being overwhelmed, fun and most importantly education. Francine Rivers once told me she loved to sit in basic writing classes because she often times picked up something new. This year I saw some of the top writers in our industry sitting under the teaching of others, isn't that awesome? People who have "arrived" in the industry still wanting to learn. And people who are humbled by God's blessings on their lives.

So from the perspective of the one who was called to start this crazy, wonderful organization I am humbled and oh so ever grateful for what the Lord has done. I am expectant in seeing what the Lord will continue to do in the future.

My goal is to attend next years conference and hopefully bring my husband with me as well. After all, I couldn't have done what the Lord called me to if it wasn't for my husband's support and encouragement along the way. I had a great time at this years conference and I'm so ever grateful that the Lord enabled me to attend this year.

In His grip,
Lynn

Saturday, September 11, 2010

MEET ME IN THE STAIRWELL


Remembering 9-11~a message from God 

You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news On September 11, 2001. 

Neither will I. 

I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say 'Good-Bye.' I held his fingers steady as he dialed. I gave him the peace to say, 'Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK..I am ready to go.' 

I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn't coming home that night. 

I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. 'I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!' I said. 'Of course I will show you the way home - only believe in Me now.' 

I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls. I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered. 

I was on all four of those planes, in every seat, with every prayer. I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there, comforting and assuring them that their faith has saved them. 

I was in Texas, Virginia, California  Michigan, Afghanistan.I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me? 

I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name - though not all knew Me. Some met Me for the first time on the 86th floor. 

Some sought Me with their last breath. Some couldn't hear Me calling to them through the smoke and flames; 'Come to Me... this way... take my hand.' Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me. But, I was there. 

For those who were not in the Tower that day, you may not know why, but I do. However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time, would you have reached for Me? 

Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey for you. But someday your journey will end. And I will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I may be found. Then, at any moment, you know you are 
'ready to go.' 

I will be in the stairwell of your final moments. 

~~God 


First I want to thank the dear friend who sent me a copy of this message. I do remember September 11, 2001. 


I was not one of the people in New York that day but it still impacted my life, as it did yours. 


This was before Charley came into our lives. We had a Mooney back then and had just returned with our granddaughter from a trip to the west coast visiting relatives first in Washington and then California before landing at our home airport September 10, 2001.


One day later and we would have been stranded at a small airport somewhere until the ban on flying was lifted.


My writing came to a stand still. My earthly desires felt so frivolous. After a time of mourning God reminded me that He is the one who gave me the desire to write and that I was to write for Him. In spite of this tragedy, still the world must go on. But, He reminded me we must learn from it. 


So I plead with you now: Pause and remember 9-11 with an awe of our God. Appreciate God's power in your life. And continue doing what you know is pleasing to Him.  

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Preparing For The Writers Conference

Guest Blogger: Danica Favorite-McDonald
ACFW Secretary


As I'm getting mentally geared up for the ACFW conference this year, I wanted to share something on my heart that I hope will help people preparing for a conference (or really, any writing class). 


Years ago, I heard an author talk about how she always has a learning goal-- what does she want to get out of a conference? She said that she found that she took away a lot more if she had a tangible lesson she wanted to learn. 


I changed that idea a little and made it my own, calling it my one thing. I go to the conference wanting to learn about one thing. 


Some years it's characterization, some years, it's structure, some years it's an industry tidbit, other years it's a spiritual need. But whatever it is, I make a tangible goal to learn about one thing. At conference, you can be overwhelmed with information. My brain shuts down after a few sessions due to information overload. I've found that focusing on one thing helps alleviate that overload.

Here is what one thing is not: 


it's not saying, "I will leave with a contract, or an agent, or something of that calibre." Let me tell you, it's simply not possible. So break down your goal into something simple, tangible, and achievable.

Some of you have looked at the schedule and thought, "well, I already know all the things that are being taught on the subject I need to learn more about." Maybe, for example, you want to learn about characterization, and you've already heard those speakers speak on characterization before. 


Let me challenge you a little. Go anyway. I've heard James Scott Bell three or four times now on the same topic. The last time I heard him talk, I mentioned it to him, and he was a little surprised, but I thanked him. You see, each time, I learned something new and came home with a new nugget to apply to my writing. Each time, he has helped me find something to improve. 


If you go with an attitude of, "I've heard that before," you probably won't learn anything. So go with the expectation that you will learn something new. Even if it's just one thing.

I also present this challenge to seasoned authors and people who have been to multiple conferences. The best lesson I ever learned about the kind of writer I want to be is when I attended a beginning writing class. Would you believe that the woman sitting next to me was a New York Times Best selling author? The woman has had several MILLION dollar contracts, and no, that's not an exaggeration. But even after being in the industry for decades, there she was, taking copious notes. 


At one point, she even leaned in to me and said, "huh. I never thought of that." 


If she can learn from a class geared towards newbies, so can all of us. I've often wondered if her attitude about learning is what has brought her to the point of being that million dollar author.

So as you prepare for this conference, I hope that deciding on your one thing is part of the preparation. No one will be grading you on it, no one will even have to know. But you never know what that one tidbit will be or how it will help you move on to the next level in your writing.

However, if you do want to talk to someone about your one thing, I'm happy to listen, guide (as best as I can!), and encourage you! I wouldn't be here without all my friends guiding and encouraging me.

And if you haven't registered for the ACFW conference yet, there's still time, so I also encourage you to take the time to register. Who knows what one thing will come to you this year... maybe it's just the nugget you need to get through the next year.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Love Comes Softly


by Jeanette Oke

American Christian Fiction Writers has renamed their Book of The Year award to the Carol Award in honor of Carol Johnson, the editor of Bethany House who took a chance on Jeanette Oke and launched what we now know as Christian Fiction at it’s best.

My then sixteen year old daughter bought Jeanette Oke’s book soon after it came out. She loved the book. More than once she asked me to read Love Comes Softly because she knew I would love it too.  But, you know, somehow all these years have passed, and I never got around to reading Jeanette’s book.

So. . . as I prepared for my trip to Alaska I loaded Jeanette Okes book Love Comes Softly on my Kindle. I promised myself it would be the first book I read on this trip.

About the author:
Janette Oke (born 18 February 1935) is a Canadian author and pioneer of inspirational fiction. Her books are often set in a pioneer time period and centered around female protagonists. She is a committed Evangelical Christian.

Janette Steeves was born in the Depression years in Champion, Alberta, to a Canadian prairie farmer and his wife, Fred and Amy Steeves.

She graduated from Mountain View Bible College in Didsbury, Alberta. Janette met her husband Edward Oke (pronounced "oak") while they both attended college. They were married in 1957 and have pastored churches in Indiana, and Calgary and Edmonton, Canada. He later became the president of the college. Janette and Edward had 4 children, including a set of twins[1]. Her daughter, Laurel Oke Logan, has co-written books with Janette.

Her first novel, titled Love Comes Softly, was published by Bethany House in 1979. This book was followed by more than 75 others.

She received the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award and has been awarded the Gold Medallion Award for fiction.

The Blurb:
A Compelling Love Story Set in the "Little House on the Prairie" Era

She ventured west with the man she loved, but in one day her whole world had crumbled around her...

Nineteen-year-old Marty Claridge starts west with her adventurous, boyish husband, Clem, seeking to claim land and hoping for good fortune. But when the venture turns suddenly to tragedy, Marty is left alone with her great loss. And coupled with her grief and heartache is the grim reality that there is no way to return home.

Clark Davis and his little girl, Missie, are also in great need. Clark's wife has died, leaving him to care to Missie and the farm at the same time. His offer to Marty comes with good intention, but will courage and faith be enough to bring them to true love?

First introduced in 1979, Love Comes Softly has become a beloved classic in the inspirational fiction category. A generation of readers has laughed and wept and rejoiced with Marty and Clark Davis whose tragic circumstances threw them together on the frontier prairies of the 1800s. More than one million copies of Love Comes Softly have been sold.

Winner of the Gold Book Award (500,000 copies sold),

NOTE: Love Comes Softly was transformed into a Hallmark Channel Original Movie, which premiered in April 2003 and has won a CAMIE Award.

What Others Say:
If you like to read inspirationals and have for some reason missed Love Comes Softly, I'd recommend seeking it out. And if you're looking to try out inspirational fiction, this wouldn't be a bad place to start."  --Likesbooks.com

"If you are a fan of the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, you'll soon become a fan of Janette Oke. Love Comes Softly, the first in a series of five fictional books, begins a saga of Marty Claridge Davis, a young, vibrant and independant girl of 19. The hardships of prairie life, a tragic accident, a grief-stricken widow, a lonely father and child make up the elements of this tender story. It's refreshing to read of two broken hearts who find wholeness through patience, loyalty, and faith in God. The style and readability of this romantic novel will make it difficult to put down until the conflict is resolved and the courage and beauty of true love and deep faith are realized. For good, clean, enjoyable reading, you can't beat Janette Oke."  --Christian Woman, July/Aug 1987

My Take:
This Story Will Bless Your Life

Why is it that when we suffer we lash out and sometimes even hate the very one's who are helping us. Why is it that so many of us want to be independent. We don't want to need the help of other. We want to be the ones who are strong and who others can depend on. But God wants each of us to learn that we do indeed need each others. When we admit we are weak, then we can become strong.

This is the message that all great Christian fiction wants to portray. Why did I wait so long to read this powerful story? Perhaps God knew I would need it more at this time in my life. I am blessed to have read Jeanette Okes book.

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God Bless your day and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

New Releases from ACFW Authors for September



ACFW Authors have reached a record number of new releases for 2010. We have 34 new releases for September, including six Christmas-themed novella collections. Lots of good reading, and it's never too late to start that Christmas shopping! There is something for everyone on this list.


1. Across the Cotton Fields; Mississippi Brides, book 1 by Diane T. Ashleyand Aaron McCarver-- Romance from Barbour. Alexandra Lewis must find a husband before a family scandal follows her to Mississippi, but where does God fit into her plans?

2. A Door County Christmas; The Heart's Harbor by Cynthia RuchtiRide With Me Into Christmas by Rachael PhillipsMy Heart Still Beats by Eileen Key, andChristmas Crazy by Becky Melby, A collection of four Christmas-themed romance novellas from Barbour. A Door County innkeeper guarantees four single women that her Christmas cactus gifts˜and love˜will bloom by Christmas. As December nears, will barren plants and romances blossom into holiday joy? 

3. A Hope Undaunted; Winds of Change series, book 1 by Julie Lessman -- An Romance from Revell. While on a summer law internship, a sassy and modern woman of the Roaring 20s butts heads with her lawyer boss, a stubborn pest from her past.
4. A Memory Between Us; Wings of Glory, Book 2 by Sarah Sundin -- An historical from Revell. During World War II, B-17 pilot Maj. Jack Novak has never failed to meet a challenge - until he meets Lt. Ruth Doherty, a striking nurse with a shameful secret.

5. A Prairie Christmas Collection by Deborah RaneyTracie PetersonTracey V. Bateman, and six others -- A collection of nine Christmas-themed romance novellas from Barbour. An instant holiday treasure, this fiction collection is penned by nine multi-published authors. Each novella promises a sweet Christian romance on the historical American Great Plains.

6. A Riverwalk Christmas by Elizabeth GoddardMartha RogersLynette Sowelland Kathleen Y'Barbo-- A collection of Christmas-themed romance novellas from Barbour. Four young women find love in the most unexpected places at Christmas.

7. A Very Private Grave; #1 The Monastery Murders by Donna Fletcher Crow -- A Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from Kregel. A new policeman must protect a young social worker from big-city gangs making their evil way down south. Felicity thinks she knows everything, until a brutal murder teaches her she doesn't know anything.

8. A Woodland Christmas by Janelle MoweryTamela Hancock MurrayDarlene Franklin and Ramona Cecil-- A collection of Christmas-themed romance novellas from Barbour. Experience a nostalgic Christmas in the Piney Woods of East Texas where a traveling wood-carver dispenses wisdom that brings four couples to realize the gift of love.

9. Alpha Redemption by P.A. Baines -- A Science Fiction/Fantasy/Futuristic from Splashdown Books. In man's pursuit of knowledge, artificial intelligence was created. In the pursuit of love, artificial intelligence found God.

10. Baby Makes A Match; Love Inspired/Chatam House Series by Arlene James -- A Romance from Steeple Hill. A rodeo cowboy rescues a stranded pregnant girl and with the help of three matchmaking aunties….well what else do you need?

11. Christmas Mail Order Brides by Vickie McDonoughSusan Page Davis,Therese Stenzel and Carrie Turansky-- A collection of Christmas-themed romance novellas from Barbour. Ride the transcontinental railroad as marriage arrives by mail-order-and just in time for Christmas.

12. Finding Becky; Book 3 Winds Across the Prairie by Martha Rogers -- An Historical from Realms/Strang. Rebecca comes home with a new attitude, but Rob wants to find the Becky he's loved since their youth.

13. Formula for Danger by Camy Tang -- A Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from Love Inspired Suspense. Dermatologist researcher Rachel Grant is pursued by an enemy trying to take her latest research and her life.

14. Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer -- A Romance from Bethany House. When a recovering romantic goes to work for a handsome ranch owner, her heart isn't the only thing in danger.

15. High-Stakes Inheritance by Susan Sleeman -- A Romance from Steeple Hill. Claiming an inheritance turns deadly when Mia Blackburn returns to her hometown.

16. In Every Heartbeat by Kim Vogel Sawyer -- An Historical from Bethany House. Three best friends, three cherished dreams, three searching hearts...

17. Judgement Day by Wanda Dyson -- A Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from Random House/Waterbrook. One reporter's love of sensationalism leads to a horrifying story and someone willing to kill her to keep her quiet.

18. Lily and the Lawman; Idaho Brides, Book Two by Erica Vetsch -- An Historical from Barbour. A wary woman has no choice but to join forces with a local lawman to rescue her kidnapped niece.

19. Love Finds You Under the Mistletoe by Anita Higman and Irene Brand-- A Romance from Summerside Press. Two heartwarming stories of Christmas past and present.

20. Lydia's Charm by Wanda Brunstetter -- A Romance from Barbour. Will the anonymous gifts left for Lydia bring her hope for a new life, and when tragedy befalls her yet again, will the mysterious gift giver be there to support her?

21. Making Waves; CHAIM series, Book Four by Lorna Seilstad -- An Historical from Revell. After Mr. Boring presses for an engagement, a witting debutante meets an intriguing sailing instructor who is everything her hum drum suitor is not.

22. McKenzie; Montana Skies Series by Penny Zeller -- An Historical from Whitaker House. She wanted to change him and mold him into the man she was supposed to marry. Instead, she was the one whose heart was changed.

23. Medical Error; Prescription For Trouble (book two) by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. -- A Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from Abingdon. Identity theft isn't normally fatal, but this time it was.

24. More Than Words; Daughters of Amana #2 by Judith Miller -- An Historical from Bethany House. Will Gretchen Kohler's one impulsive decision cause tragic consequences for the entire Amana Community and cost her everything, even the love of her life?

25. Second Chance Brides; Texas Boardinghouse Brides #2 by Vickie McDonough -- An Historical from Barbour. When the man they came to town to marry weds someone else, two mail order brides must find a way to survive in Texas--or find another man to marry.

26. Secret of the Shroud by Pamela Billings Ewen -- A Suspense/Mystery/Thriller from B&H Publishers. A powerful Bishop reaches for revenge when he's suddenly confronted with the secret of the Shroud and a choice that can destroy him.

27. Tender Vow by Sharlene MacLaren -- A Romance from Whitaker House. When John Evans is killed in a skiing accident, his brother, Jake, reaches out to his widowed sister-in-law, but Rachel will have nothing to do with his charity, particularly since they have a "history" she'd rather forget--but God has other plans.

28. The Columns of Cottonwood; The Alabama River Heritage Series bySandra Robbins -- A Romance from Barbour. When a handsome stranger purchases a woman's plantation for back taxes, she vows to recover her land, but they discover God has a greater solution--a compromise to benefit both.

29. The Doctor's Blessing; #2 in The Brides of Amish Country by Patricia Davids -- A Romance from Steeple Hill. A nurse-midwife to the Amish and the newdoctor clash over her home deliveries.

30. The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson -- A Romance from Zondervan. The Sleeping Beauty fairy tale comes to life when Rose, the apprentice to the town healer, falls in love with Lord Hamlin, the betrothed son of a duke.

31. The Newcomer by Laurie Alice Eakes -- An Historical from Barbour. Marigold sacrifices things precious to her, for the sake of her young charges and isn't willing to let their uncle take over when danger follows in his wake.

32. The Perfect Blend; The Tea Shop Series by Trish Perry -- A Romance from Harvest House. A jilted bride encounters chaotic jobs, overbearing society matrons, and charming suitors in her quest for love, independence, and the occasional glimpse of God's will.

33. The Wolf of Tebron by C. S. Lakin -- An Science Fiction/Fantasy/Futuristic from AMG/Living Ink. A young blacksmith goes in search of his missing wife, journeying to the four ends of the world and solving riddles with a faithful wolf at his side.

34. Where Hearts Are Free; Darkness to Light Series, Book #3 by Golden Keyes Parsons -- An Historical from Thomas Nelson. In the freedom and promise of the New World, Bridget Barrington and Philippe Clavell fall in love, but nothing about their love seems possible, apart from God's intervention.