Today’s first line is from
All of You
by Sarah Monzon
Welcome to our first Special Edition Friday!
I am excited to have Sarah Monzon with us today. She is sharing about All of You (which features a very swoon worthy military hero) and her NEW release, The Esther Paradigm.
Which books/authors do you YOU hoard?
As you can see from this blurry picture of my kindle, I hoard Tamara Leigh books. ❤ I’m going to limit myself to just the one author, or we could be here all day.
Which character do you relate to most in All of You?
Michael. Not because our stories are even remotely similar, but because how we approach difficulty is. Michael has suffered a severe blow and I’ve had some fairly rotten things happen in my life too. But those things make us cling to God and to our faith, not turn away from it. We may ask God why, cry at our finite understanding of injustice, but in the end we trust the He loves us, is moved by our suffering, and covers us with His infinite grace.
Tell us an interesting thing you learned while researching All of You.
Hannah Pratt dreams of starting a school for the Bedouin clan she grew up with as a missionary kid, and finally her hopes are coming true. But shortly after she returns to the desert from her college years in the U.S., she discovers her parents have received threats from their Muslim neighbors. As the danger escalates, Hannah finds she’s in the middle of a battle no one seems to understand. She must decide to what lengths she’ll go to stay faithful to the mission to which God has called her. Even if it costs her everything.
As sheikh, Karim Al-Amir feels the weight of responsibility as the leader of his people. When a mysterious illness ravishes the clan’s flocks and threatens to destroy their centuries-old way of life, locals believe the American doctors and their daughter, his childhood friend, Hannah, are to blame. Karim must do something to keep them safe—even if the only solution can be found within marriage vows.
In a society where the line is drawn between us and them, Christianity is outlawed, and foreigners are mistrusted, will their union heal wounds or inflict the final fatal blow?
What’s something that readers would find surprising to learn about you?
I’m terrified of talking into microphones. I don’t like speaking to a crowd at all, but if I *have* to do it I usually can do okay if there isn’t a microphone required. Put one of those things in my hand, however, and I start to shake all over, my mouth goes dry, and I get a bit dizzy.
Present Day, 100 Miles off the Coast of Virginia
Lieutenant Michael “Finch” Carrington pulled up the zipper of his green flight suit and stared at the mass on the opposite rack.
About the Author
Sarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings. Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, has finaled in contests such as the Inspy Awards and received a 4 star review from Romantic Times.
What are you reading? What is your first line?
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