Saturday, May 20, 2017

Sit Down Saturday with T.R. McClure

Did you ever want something really, really badly, and then after you got it thought...now what? It's a little bit like a dog chasing his tail. Once he has the tip in his mouth, he slows down and looks confused.

The same thing happens to Wendy Valentine in An Allegheny Homecoming. You remember her from Wanted: The Perfect Mom. She's the reporter stuck in her small-town news station reporting the weather. The weather! She been looking for a big story to catapult her into the big time ever since.

Enter Josh Hunter. He's Sue Campbell Hunter's son. Sue owns The Cookie Jar and hasn't been the friendliest person to be around for the last year or so. She considers her son a hero. But Josh doesn't. Despite years of helping fellow soldiers as a medic, he is unable to rid himself of the guilt brought about by an accident. A crime that nobody knows about. Traveling the world as a soldier, he avoids his home town. Unable to return, unable to face the truth about what he did.


But he has a story and Wendy Valentine is hot on his heels. How far will she go to achieve her dream? What happens when she "catches" her big story?

Josh left home as soon as he graduated high school. He came home once in the last eight years and couldn't escape the feeling everyone in town knew what he had done. So he leaves again, until family troubles force his return.

Do we ever escape the events of the first twenty or so years of our lives? A half century can pass and yet we can't seem to forget incidents, good or bad, that happened then. Is it possible to let those memories go? Some people can compartmentalize. They put their negative memories on a shelf, walk away, and lock the door. Maybe they pull them out once in a while for a teaching moment. I guess that's the bottom line. What have we learned? After all, life is supposed to be about growth, at any age.

In the end, Josh returns home and is forced to confront his past. Is he forgiven? How else can he move forward when he's always looking back?

Return to Bear Meadows with Josh Hunter and Wendy Valentine.
As always, enjoy the read!
T.R.

16 comments:

  1. Congratulation on the release of An Allegheny Homecoming! I wish you the very best with it!!

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  2. I just finished reading it. Great story. I felt for Josh, and for Wendy with her overachieving sister.

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  3. Yes, I most definitely have got something and wondered, "What now?" Or "What have I done?" A lot of time it was a piece of paper: a university degree, a marriage certificate, a contract.

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  4. Congratulations, T.R.! Interesting questions you raise. It's so fascinating how life shapes us - and especially our characters. This is one of my favorite Heartwarming covers ever!

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  5. I look forward to reading An Allegheny Homecoming. Congratulations, T.R.!

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  6. What a sweet cover! Looking forward to reading the story!

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  7. If the tone of the book is anything like the tone of the blog post, this is an upbeat and fun fun fun story. Way to go, TR

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  8. I agree about the cover. Really beautiful! Sounds like a terrific story- Big congratulations on it.

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  9. I was away all yesterday and today, so I'm late here. Congratulations! It sounds wonderful and what a great cover! Best wishes for your success!

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  10. The story sounds amazing, and I can't wait to read it. Love that cover for An Allegheny Homecoming. Very romantic. *happy sigh* Wishing you a ton of sales! Congratulations!

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  11. Thanks for the positive and encouraging words, all.

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