A lifetime of watching her parents treat relationships like the flavor of the month has taught Julia Richardson that love is for fools and faith is for naïve. She’s always put her faith in her career. Then her life is thrown into a tailspin. First, she loses her job. Then she gets a panicked call and learns her former stepsister is having a crisis with her pregnancy. The crisis has Julia returning to the small Southern town – and the family – she’s been avoiding for years. Before she knows it, Julia’s been pressed into service running her stepsister’s wedding planning business.
Julia doesn’t know a garter from a garden hose, but now she must navigate couples along the bumpy path down the aisle. In the midst of the chaos, Julia makes the most unexpected discovery of all…Love, with Seth Graham, the widowed local minister! Julia’s been running from love and everything spiritual for most of her life. It’s not until she finds the courage to stop running and learns to believe in the power of love, faith and family that she finds her own “I Do” moment.
An Interview with Julia Richardson and Seth Graham:
Today, we’re talking to Julia Richardson and Seth Graham, the two leads from MARRY ME, a new inspirational romance from author Kristin Wallace. Julia and Seth had to go through the ringer to be together and their story is quite the funny ride.
Me: So Julia and Seth, tell us about when your impression of each other when you met?
Seth: You mean the first time we met? We were teenagers then.
Julia: I’d come to live in Covington Falls. My father was married to Grace. She was my second stepmother.
Me: Your second stepmother? How many have you had?
Julia: Four, five…I don’t know. (she’s shrugs) I’ve lost count. The last one was younger than me. My mom’s on husband number three.
Seth: Which might be why you’re a little cynical. (This comment is laced in sarcasm.)
Julia: As opposed to someone like you, who looks through the world through rose-colored glasses?
Me: Julia and Seth…you two met as teenagers when Julia came to live with her father and Grace. Were you guys friends back then?
Julia: We didn’t know each other that well. His parents lived across the street, and Seth was just the shy kid. (Julia turns a teasing gaze on Seth) But you had a crush on me, right?
Seth: What can I say? I’ve always had good taste in women. She was hot. Still is.
Julia: Aww…Are my cheeks flaming? Seth has definitely improved with age. If more ministers looked like him I think churches would be packed out everywhere.
Seth: Now I’m blushing.
Me: So Julia what was your impression of Covington Falls then? Did you like the town?
Julia: It’s Mayberry and Norman Rockwell and white picket fences all wrapped up in a Southern package. Like a smaller, daintier cousin of Savannah. It’s hard to believe there are places like Covington Falls anymore. It’s a Southern Belle Brigadoon.
Me: Did you feel like an outsider then and now?
Julia: Yeah, but I don’t know if that was more about me. Look, my dad was married to Grace, and then he left like he always did. I’m his daughter. How could I not be a reminder of that? But the people who really mattered didn’t care about all that. They loved me anyway.
Me: Seth, your father is now married to Grace, Julia’s former stepmother? Is that right?
Julia: (shaking her head) We’re like an episode of the Jerry Springer show.
Seth: (laughing at her dismayed expression) It’s not that bad. It was years before my dad and Grace got together. My mom died when I was college and I saw what he went through. After losing my own wife I understand even more. My dad and Grace are very happy and that’s all that matters.
Me: So when you met again, were the sparks instant?
Julia: He yelled at me.
Seth: I didn’t yell.
Julia: Yes, you did.
Seth: I was angry because you stayed away for fifteen years. Grace and Sarah missed you and you never came back to see them.
Julia: I thought I had to. They weren’t my family.
Seth: They loved you like family.
Julia: I didn’t know that. I had to figure out that family is the people you love, not necessarily the family you’re born into.
Seth: She’s a hard case. I had to do some major persuasion to get her to believe we could make it.
Me: Do you think you have made a believer of Julia?
Seth: I plan spend the rest of my life doing just that.
Me: Well readers…that is only part of the story. You can read about Julia and Seth’s journey in Marry Me, out now from author Kristin Wallace. You’ll meet this lovely couple as well as the rest of the characters that inhabit Covington Falls. Marry Me is available for digital download at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the Astraea Press website. And look for the print version in the coming months.
Growing up Kristin devoured books like bags of Dove Dark Chocolate. Her first Golden Book led to Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown, C.S. Lewis and the Sweet Valley High series. Later, she discovered romance novels and fell in love all over again. It’s no surprise then that Kristin would one day try her hand at writing them. She writes inspirational romance and women’s fiction filled with love, laughter and a leap of faith. When she’s not writing her next novel, Kristin works as an advertising copywriter. She also enjoys singing in the church choir and worship team and playing flute in a community orchestra.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Kristin-Wallace/e/B00G5KX80I