A different story. Refreshing.
Save the Date by Ellen Fannan released in October in the Contemporary, christian romance genre.
What if you were given the chance to rekindle the flame with your first love? What happened to all those girls who were mean to you in school? Should Hannah Jensen take the chance of attending her high school reunion to find out?
Hannah hasn’t been back to her hometown in more than twenty years. Now, a widow, raising a teenaged daughter, she has the opportunity to go home for her twenty-fifth high school reunion. The invitation to the reunion stirs up a lot of old memories at the same time she is dealing with loneliness, the challenges of single-parenting a teenager, people who want to “set her up” with eligible men, her own insecurities, and her eccentric family.
The story interweaves the present with scenes from Hannah’s past and her fantasy of “happily ever after” with her high school boyfriend in a humorous and entertaining manner. Her feelings from being “shunned” by the cool kids resurface as she reflects back on her time as a teenager. There are several roadblocks on Hannah’s journey from a teenager through her present. The growing pains and amusing situations in which she finds herself are ones to which we all can relate. As she walks the path of self-discovery, she also discovers the most important life lesson of all–her relationship to God.
Meet the Author:
Award-winning author Ellen Fannon is a practicing veterinarian, former missionary, and church pianist/organist. She originated and wrote the Pet Peeves column for the Northwest Florida Daily News before taking a two-year assignment with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board. She and her retired Air Force pilot-turned-pastor husband have been foster parents to more than 40 children, and the adoptive parents of two sons. Her first novel, “Other People’s Children,” is a humorous account of the life of a foster parent. She is a regular contributing author for One Christian Voice, and her stories have been published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series as well as Lifeway’s Open Windows devotional booklets, among many other publications. Her third novel about a veterinarian entitled “Don’t Bite the Doctor” will be released in 2021. She lives in Valparaiso, Florida, with her husband, sons, and assorted pets.
I was taught in typing class (yes, back in the dark ages when we actually learned on manual typewriters) that a double space should follow a period. That is no longer correct, for whatever reason. Does anyone know why this rule was changed? I have tried for a good five minutes of internet research to find out why double spacing is now wrong, but all I can come up with is, “it just is.” (For the record, if you actually know why, I don’t necessarily want to be enlightened. I would rather gripe.) I suppose some grammar gurus were sitting around bored one night and decided to mess up years of conditioning in us old dinosaurs to make us stand out as uninformed and obsolete with our double spaces. I can tell you it is blasted difficult to break myself from double spacing after years of doing so. But not to worry. With “find and replace” I can easily fix my double spacing faux pas.
Commas, on the other hand, are a bit trickier. It seems the rules of comma placement have changed, also, but I’m too lazy and set in my ways to try to figure them out. I’ll let grammar check do that for me, and if I don’t like their advice, I’ll ignore it. Don’t even get me started on the Oxford comma, which, until recently, I didn’t realize had a name. I love the Oxford comma, which, for those of you as ignorant as I was, is the last comma following a list, such as, blue, green, red, yellow, and white. A lot of experts deem the last comma unnecessary, but it can be confusing not to have that last comma, as, in the above example, the last item could be construed to be yellow and white, rather than two separate colors. There’s probably a grammar rule about that comma I’m ignorant of, as well.
Just to show the differences in the way men and women think, a group of students was asked to punctuate the following sentence: A woman without her man is nothing.
A woman without her man, is nothing. (Punctuated by men.)
A woman: Without her, man is nothing. (Punctuated by women.)
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- Autographed copy of SAVE THE DATE by Ellen Fannon (USA only)