Friday, April 8, 2016

Pre-Order and Release Extravaganza: The Carpenter's Daughter by Jennifer Rodewald with Giveaway

Genre: Christian, Contemporary, Fiction
Publisher: Rooted Publishing
Publication Date: April 15, 2016
Number of pages: 349
One word can change a life…

Sarah Sharpe has grown up as a carpenter’s daughter, knowing only the rough and work-heavy world of her father’s blue-collar profession. Abandoned by her mother as a baby, she’s lived twenty-one years content to drive nails at her dad’s side. Following her father into the world of construction was a natural path, and she took it without a second thought. But a harsh comment about her “butch” appearance sends her on a search for identity.
​ Enter handsome and easygoing Jesse Chapman, the roofer she meets on her first foray into volunteer work for Homes For Hope. In every way, the quirky man is her opposite—confident, a people kind of guy, and most importantly, happy.  His likable qualities continue to draw her in, and for some reason he keeps coming back to her. But they can’t be more than friends—he’s made that crystal clear. Except for a handful of times…and the confusion is driving her crazy.

Sarah’s quest for self-definition becomes more tangled than she ever imagined, and she discovers that the journey will take her deeper than clothes and makeup. Filling the void in her heart becomes an obsession she cannot escape. How far is she willing to go to discover who she really is?
Jennifer Rodewald is passionate about the Word of God and the powerful vehicle of story. The draw to fiction has tugged hard on her heart since childhood, and when she began pursuing writing she set on stories that pointed to the grace of God. Jen lives and writes in a lovely speck of a town where she watches with amazement while her children grow up way too fast, gardens, and marvels at God’s mighty hand in everyday life. Four kids and her own personal superman make her home in southwestern Nebraska delightfully chaotic. She would love to hear from you! Please connect with Jennifer on:

Sarah Sharpe:

Sarah lives in a world that is foreign to most women. The tough culture of construction is all she’s ever known, and she’s comfortable with it. She knows how to work. How to build. How to create.
But she doesn’t know herself beyond a construction site.
When a harsh comment about her appearance reaches her ears, her world is turned up-side-down.
Sarah is a unique character. She’s not really feminine. She’s not a typical damsel. Though she is soft-spoken, she isn’t a pushover. Though she’s exceptionally shy, she perfectly capable of standing on her own two feet. Though she’s not entirely sure of who she is, she finds time after time that she’s pretty sure of who she isn’t. What she needs isn’t something that can be found in her work, in a man, or in a make-over. Though her journey involves all of the above, the answers she finds go so much deeper.
As unusual as Sarah is, her struggles are familiar to all of us. Who doesn’t wonder, at some point—and often more than once--who am I? How many of us have taken up a quest for identity, gone through some pretty dark places in the search, and have found that who we are is so much more than what we thought?

Jesse Chapman:

Oh, Jesse. Such a conundrum.
He’s sure about life. Except, he can’t seem to form a vision for the future. Not really stuck in the past…just looking for what’s next. A man grounded in the faith he’d learned from his parents, Jesse pours himself into a life of service. It suits him pretty well, even if the form of service (roofing for Homes For Hope) isn’t what this English Lit major thought he’d be doing.
Jesse’s charismatic personality draws people to him, and his kindness is well complimented by a handsome face. Green eyes, dark hair, strong build. The combination captures the attention of the women he encounters, and he never is able to read them quite right, which creates some uncomfortable situations as he moves around, doing his best to do good to those he comes into contact with. He never means to give the wrong impression—that of more interest than he actually has—but he seems to blunder with the female species more often than not. 

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  1. Thank you so much for having me, Katie

  2. A transformational Christian fiction book that influenced me is To Win Her Heart by Tamera Alexander. It opened my eyes to a period of history I didn't know much about.

    1. I love learning about new time periods, but I have to have some fiction mixed in with it. :)