I’m thrilled to have my friend, Barbara Britton, back on my blog this week to shine a spotlight on her Contemporary Romance novel, Christmas at Whispering Creek. This story is special because it was inspired by Barbara’s personal cancer story, which she shares at the end of the book.
Be sure to comment below by May 2 for a chance to win a signed paperback and some book swag! (Open to US winner only)
“Don’t you feel embarrassed sharing that you have breast cancer?”
I stared at the member of my church and pondered how to answer this question. I was in shock. Weren’t Christians supposed to share their struggles with other believers? I blurted out a response, “No. I want as many people praying for me as possible.”
My relationship with Jesus and the huge prayer support that I received during my cancer battle, strengthened me during a difficult time in my life. An uncertain time that had me facing the reality that I may not be on this earth much longer. That my friends is a scary thought. I trusted Jesus and His Word that however long I would be on earth was His perfect time.
During my cancer treatments, I recited some of my favorite verses—Philippians 4:4-7 and Philippians 4:13.
“I can do everything through him (Christ) who gives me strength.” (NIV)
I also remembered the lyrics to old hymns such as “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow.”
Before this post gets to be a Debbie Downer, I am still typing away in 2023, seven years after my breast cancer diagnosis. Praise God! I cherish that each new day is a blessing. I had taken my health for granted and now I realize how precious good health can be.
When I first contemplated writing a book about a breast cancer survivor, I hesitated. Would the subject be too heavy for romance readers? Then, I received calls from two friends who had received a breast cancer diagnosis. This disease affects a wide range of women, and I wanted women (And men) to know how I got through the challenge.
That’s how “Christmas at Whispering Creek” was born. I decided to follow a young breast cancer survivor as she falls in love while keeping a cancer secret she eventually has to share. I added humor to a tough topic and kept in step with the romance genre and gave my heroine a happily-ever-after or a happy-for-now. But I also added my real-life scenario at the end of the book.
If you know someone going through a health crisis, there is a lot you can do to support them. I appreciated the prayer support, the cards of encouragement, and the meals that were delivered to my door. Friends offered to drive me to appointments, and I received more flowers than at any other time in my life.
I knew Christ was with me, comforting me with His Spirit, but it was encouraging to see the church in action.
How have you been encouraged during a difficult time? Feel free to share the Scripture that spoke to your heart.
Thanks so much for sharing your story, Barbara. You are an inspiration to many, and I pray God will continue to use you and your stories to offer people hope in Jesus!
For a chance to win book swag and a signed paperback of Christmas at Whispering Creek by @BarbaraMBritton, comment on her interview by 5/2. (US only) #amreading #giveawayTweet
Join the conversation. Do you appreciate novels inspired by the author’s personal experience? What Scripture can you share that helped you through a hard time? Have others encouraged you when you faced a crisis?
Be sure to keep scrolling and comment below by May 2 for a chance to win book swag and a signed paperback of Christmas at Whispering Creek! (US winner only)
If you’re interested in my review of Christmas at Whispering Creek, you can find it here.
Check out this book trailer for Christmas at Whispering Creek.
Christmas at Whispering Creek by Barbara M. Britton
Click the book cover for purchase link
All Samantha Williams wants to do is to use her teaching degree to instruct a classroom of second graders. But, after a breast cancer diagnosis at the age of twenty-three, and failed reconstruction surgery, Sam finds herself without a job and temporarily living with her parents. This isn’t the life Sam expected. When a family friend dies and leaves Sam a house and land in Whispering Creek, Tennessee, Sam must decide if leaving Wisconsin for Southern living is in her lesson plans.
Nashville native, Cole Donoven, left his family’s electrical business to write country music. When Cole’s song-writing partner and girlfriend dumps him for a country music star, Cole abandons Nashville to hole up in Whispering Creek and compose one more song. The last thing Cole expects to find in the sleepy small town is a deceased friend, estate squabbles, and a Northern beauty. Will the chaos in Whispering Creek help create a bestselling song for Cole and possibly help him find a life-long collaborator?
Barbara M. Britton lives in Southeast, Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She writes Christian Fiction from Bible Times to present day USA. Her Tribes of Israel series brings little-known Bible characters to light. Her novel “Christmas at Whispering Creek,” is a compelling, yet fun story, shining a light on breast cancer. Barbara has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate.
Please share Barbara’s post on social media to help spread the word about her book!