A powerful faith and family saga. Susan Penleigh, a Christian wife, is unequally yoked with a non-Christian husband, Dave. Mysterious events arise to plague her, causing turmoil within her own family. Is someone stalking her? Good ol’ boy politics have her locked up. She is determined to survive.
My goal in writing this series: to give readers a clear understanding of a Christian viewpoint by the actions of my main character as she faces modern family issues. “SIN, SECRETS AND SALVATION” was awarded 1st Place in Religious Fiction 2013 by the Texas Association of Authors.
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An anxious look out the side mirror as she passed another streetlight, confirmed the van had followed her into the turn. Her heart thudded in her chest and her breathing quickened. What was going on?
Safety training kicked in, she drove to a well-lit shopping center and pulled into the parking lot. The van pulled in also. Perspiration beaded on her upper lip in spite of the cool air. Why were they following her? The loud beating of her heart penetrated her ears as fear engulfed her whole being. Catching her breath, she checked the rear view mirror for signs of the van. It was still there. Blue and tan van…Oregon license plates…
Adrenalin rushed through her veins as she slammed her foot on the accelerator. She spun the car around, drove behind a fast food restaurant and sped down an alley. Getting her bearings, she made a few turns and came out into a quiet neighborhood. She slowed down and kept a close watch on the rear view mirror. After driving several blocks, the van failed to reappear. Relieved, she dismissed her near panic reaction and tried to calm down, wondering what that was all about. With a trembling hand she turned her car around, decided to put this freak episode behind her and headed home. Probably some teens pulling a prank, she thought. Probably.
A loud sigh escaped her lips. Relaxed, she pulled onto her street only to have that disappear when she saw every light in the house on. That could only mean one thing, both her daughters and her son were alone and Dave, their dad, was not home. Why can’t at least one thing go right today?
Dave’s excuses of appointments to sell insurance to clients out of town, rubbed her wrong. There was no way all those late nights could have been work related. The signs were there and had been for a while. She couldn’t ignore them much longer. Something had to be done.
It hadn’t always been awful. The excitement of just holding hands and wanting to be together constantly, such a strong bond of love, it even overwhelmed them. They enjoyed doing so much together; Dave was the one who taught her how to drive a car.
Susan pulled her car in the driveway and locked it. The remote beeped loud and clear in the quiet night. Silence filled the space with faint, distant sounds of chirping birds passing by overhead. It was so peaceful to be home. Upon entering the house, exhaustion came over her and she yawned.
Determined, she walked through the house and straight to the kitchen.
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