My Christian Fiction Romances ~ 'Handmade Hearts' & 'Robin's Reward'

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An historical romance short story
inspired by a true story . . .

Cover design by Author Sarah Monzon

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'Handmade Hearts' is an historical romance short story set in New Orleans during World War II and was inspired by a true story.

Toward the end of his life, I asked my Uncle 'Allen' how he met his wife. He shared about how he met 'Irene' at a church social in their neighborhood in New Orleans in the early 1940s. He had been seriously wounded in Guadalcanal in the South Pacific as a young Marine and was using crutches to get around as best he could.

He had many inner wounds which needed time to heal, too. He had no way of knowing when they first met that Irene had suffered her own wartime tragedy. She bravely sought to keep her grief locked away deep inside because thinking about her loss caused her even more sorrow. She needed to be strong because she was the breadwinner for her small family.

Times were tough, but these two unique individuals made it through each day with inner fortitude, determination, and the sincere hope of something greater just over the horizon.

This inspirational short story follows the growth of Allen and Irene's relationship beginning with their chance meeting and leading forward to a lifetime spent together. 'Handmade Hearts' was created to honor this unique couple's love for and devotion to each other in a relationship which spanned seven decades.

~PRAISE for 'Handmade Hearts':

💗 A touching and sweet story! So glad the author decided to share her aunt and uncle's story with us readers as it made me smile. It encouraged me that healing can always happen in our hearts, even if it takes time. Plus, it was fun too. :)

Recommended to readers looking for a touching short romantic story! ~Laura G., Amazon Reviewer

💗 This delightful short story is based on a true WWII romance. It tells of the relationship that develops between a wounded soldier and a home front young woman who is grieving a terrible loss while shouldering the responsibility of providing for her family.

The author shows that, with love and understanding, hearts can heal, even under the most trying of circumstances. There is a significant meaning to the title Handmade Hearts that makes this tale a tender and inspirational read. ~Patti S., Amazon Reviewer
 💗 "What a lovely tribute to your aunt and uncle. It was a joy to read! . . . I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your story and thank you again for sharing it with me. ~Sandy, Reader from California

 💗 "It's a great story!" ~Laura A., Reader in Minnesota




     Bonita Creek’s librarian Robin Bennett is heartbroken after being abandoned by her husband, Thomas. The mysterious and handsome Jeff Clarke arrives unexpectedly and touches Robin’s life with his wit and warmth. Then, without warning, Jeff’s harsh words and abrasive actions scare her off, and Robin’s hope of finding true love withers again.

     Just when it seems Robin and Jeff might have a future, Susan Stinson, whose cruel taunting has plagued Robin since they met as young teens, decides Jeff should be hers, not Robin’s. Susan’s anger and jealousy escalate dangerously. Her vindictiveness threatens the foundation of Jeff and Robin’s young relationship.

     Robin’s journey through the peaks and valleys of her life meanders along the twists and turns of new challenges. Is a relationship which began with both parties harboring secrets destined to survive? Can they move past their troubles and the obstacles in their path to find love and happiness together? When their pasts rear their ugly heads, Jeff and Robin must use their faith to remain strong and true. But will it be enough for them to embrace a life of love, trials, and blessings . . . together?

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'Robin's Reward' is set in the small fictional town of Bonita Creek located in the coastal mountains of Northern California in Mendocino County. Several scenes take place in the botanical gardens located in Fort Bragg, California. Below are some photos of the Dahlia Garden and yours truly in my favorite spot to visit in the summertime when the dahlias are in full bloom. Stunning!


The above dahlia is Robin's favorite flower--the magenta
pom pom dahlia. Coincidentally, it's my
favorite flower, too!

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