Wouldn’t it be the scariest thing in the world, waking up with no memories? In a hospital? With a baby??? Well, this story IS that! It also has a great title, one I loved so much I asked Nell, the author, to tell me more about it and what she told me might be one of the best thing I ever read. Trust me (or if you don’t, keep reading).
Hi Nell, and thankyou for being here! I love the title of your book! Can you tell us more about it?
Thank you for having me. I’m elated the title of my new novel is resonating with its readers. In the Land of Milk and Honey received a thoughtful review recently that said:
“I chose this book to review because of the title. A promised land, something that is worth fighting for even though there maybe be lots of downs before the high. The book didn’t disappoint.”
That sums the meaning behind title of In the Land of Milk and Honey up so well. If life is a journey, that implies a destination and many agree love is the ultimate destination. This is definitely the case for lead characters, Bree Valentine and Daniel Baird. They’ve filled up their lives with stuff, great stuff, like successful careers and friends that are more like family, but both feel a terrible void inside. Bree has distracted herself raising her son. Daniel fills his days scorching earth in the business world. All is well until they meet and so begins an internal ache inside them, and you get the feeling it’s not for the first time…
You can be in love while you’re everywhere else in the physical world. You can be in love while physically separated from the object of your love by distance or time. We don’t describe ourselves as being “in hate” or “in cynicism” or even “in like”. Love is metaphysical. Even when the chips are down if you have love you are rich, and you are found, and you’re seen. Love is warm and real, however impossible it is to prove or explain. Love comes with a caravan of verbs to express your feelings to the other party, but love isn’t necessarily a verb; a doing word. If that were true people in love would never be hurt in the act. So although love is free, there are often costs.
The story or Daniel and Bree in In the Land of Milk and Honey popped into my imagination with the title included. In common lore, the land of milk and honey is a place of salvation, prosperity, and rescue. A safe place where you belong. It doesn’t promise obscene wealth but tranquility and prosperity and if you trust the journey you will get more than you ever dreamed of. A lot like love, setting out on a pilgrimage requires blind faith and invariably some will call you crazy for trying. The story begins with both lead characters, Bree and Daniel, missing that leap of faith, justifiably in many cases. Their judgments are clouded about themselves, their ability to love, and about each other. So much of letting yourself be in love is trust and that wasn’t there. A great deal history and roadblocks must be unpacked first.
Blind faith doesn’t come naturally to Bree, the guarded, realist, everywoman, and Daniel, the ruthless, pragmatic, aristocrat, but in the end they get there. I hope their journey keeps readers engaged during the roller coaster towards the happily ever after.
This is a tour, and you can find the schedule here: (http://xpressobooktours.com/2018/03/23/tour-sign-up-in-the-land-of-milk-and-honey-by-nell-e-s-douglas/).
Her favorite books are Pride and Prejudice, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Her favorite movies are Gladiator, anything by Scorcese, The Time Traveller’s Wife, and Bridesmaids.