Pastor Grayson Sterling loves his wife. The problem is, Sara was killed by a hit-and-run driver two years ago. Grayson knows he needs to move on, that the continuing depth of his grief is not healthy for him or his young son. Desperate, he convinces his church to hire Mark Welch as associate pastor to relieve him of some of his load. When Adrea Welch arrives at his church with her brother, Grayson cannot deny his attraction to her.
For years, florist Adrea Welch has been artfully arranging white roses for Sara Sterling. Now those flowers are carried to the cemetery by a faithful, grieving husband. How can Adrea be so attracted to a man still devoted to his dead wife? When secrets from Adrea’s past collide with their budding relationship, both she and Grayson must learn to lean on God’s abiding wisdom.
Read Excerpt: White Roses
Purchase: White Roses from Heartsong Presents
The Bible House – Searcy, AR
Kathy’s Book Nook – Heber Springs, AR
Deni’s Inspirations – Batesville, AR
If you don’t live in Arkansas, check with privately owned Christian bookstores. If they don’t carry Heartsongs, they’ll usually order for you.
Awards: Complete list- 18th Annual Heartsong Awards
#3 Favorite New Author
#1 Favorite Contemporary – White Roses
#2 Favorite Contemporary Cover – White Roses
(Thanks Heartsong readers. I’m honored!)
Praise from Readers:
Hey, girl. I just finished White Roses. Great job! You packed a ton of story in such a little book. – Mary Connealy
I received “White Roses” yesterday and finished it…yesterday. 🙂 I really enjoyed it!! – Kimberli Campbell
I finished reading your book. I LOVED it. I will be on the lookout for the next ones. – Casey Heim
I could not put WHITE ROSES down and can’t wait for your next book! – Kerri Jackson Greenwell
Loved..the book! Couldn’t put it down. I had to find out if they ever got together! It also made me cry…but a good cry. Keep up the good work!! – Jackie Eason
I very much enjoyed reading your first published novel! You certainly laid some unexpected twists into the plot! I also like how the virtue of forgiveness kept coming into play and how difficult it can be to forgive when we have been hurt very deeply. I’m going to have to get the next novel because I keep wondering how Adrea and Prince Sterling are growing in their new life together! – Nanette Nichols
Shannon, I loved it! It was so real. These were normal people living normal lives. The book could have been very predictable, but just when I figured one thing would happen my assumption would turn out to be incorrect. The characters were very likeable and seemed like people that I would love to have as friends. One thing I appreciated is how realistically you portrayed grief and death. So many novelists make their characters be widows/widowers, but the authors seem to have forgotten to make any mention of the grief, memories, etc. They just tack on a child and a “past” with no delving into the emotions that are a part of it. Another thing I appreciated is that you gave the characters parents and siblings. Many books nowdays have these two single people that randomly move to a town, meet and fall in love. Their parents are conveniently dead, they were raised by a grandma, and they are all only children. I think the authors don’t want to write about these characters so make them non-existant. Now, I do realize that there are people who have grown up like that in real life, but I believe that most of us who are reading these books have grown up with parents and siblings. I have enjoyed books like I just spoke of, but I really think that the books I love best are the ones that have families. Even if the families are wicked and disfunctional they are still family. I’m really looking forward to reading your next books since I enjoyed this one so well. – Sylvia Miller
Hi Shannon, I met you in Scott, Arkansas this weekend. (Took a picture with you)
Purchased both your books. I started reading a page or two last night and tonight…when I had time I read it start to finish. I loved your book. I fell in love with the characters and I coudn’t put it down. A few hours later, with tired eyes, I was thrilled with the way it all turned out. I also got a kick out of hearing of familiar places in Rose Bud, etc. I can’t wait to read your second book. Although I can’t take an evening off to do so. lol It was a pleasure meeting you. Your books are as sweet and uplifting as you are in person. Thanks for a wonderful evening. My co-worker finished” White Roses” minutes before I finished White Doves. She said, “This chick better get busy writing another book”. lol She loved it too. Thanks for two wonderful books. – Lauren West