What is your book about?
“Carolina Dream” is a book about trust, and about taking a chance on God.
Where is your story set?
The main character, Sarah Crawford, is from Western Kentucky, but the bulk of the story is set in the area around Pawley’s Island, SC.
What truth do you hope people walk away with after reading your story? Do your books have a spiritual message?
I want them to know that we have a God of second chances, that we are able to trust implicitly to love and care for us. Most definitely.There is a spiritual message. I use two scriptures – Psalm 37:4 and 2 Timothy 1:7 – as the basis for the story.
What do you feel makes your story stand out from others in this genre?
While my characters have very real trials and concerns, I like the idea that the “big event” in the story is a positive thing, not a negative. Sarah and Jared face their fears by turning toward their Savior, and not by simply turning to their friends and relatives, although they do find God speaking to them through others.
What inspired the story behind this novel?
This novel was completely inspired by a dream I had, about an antebellum mansion with many rooms to be explored and a pair of dark brown eyes.
Sarah Crawford wants more from life than to attend the wedding of her ex-fiancée. An unexpected inheritance in South Carolina comes at the perfect time, just as Sarah is willing to use any excuse to get out of town.
When she meets potential business partner Jared Benton and discovers that a house is part of the inheritance, she is sure that God has been preparing her for this time through a recurring dream. But will a dream about an antebellum mansion, many rooms to be explored, and a man with dark brown eyes give her the confidence to take a leap of faith, leaving friends, family, and her job behind?
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About the Author:
Regina Merrick began reading romance and thinking of book ideas as early as her teenage years when she attempted a happily-ever-after sequel to “Gone With the Wind.” That love of fiction parlayed into a career as a librarian, and she is currently the director of a small public library in Marion, KY. She began attending local writing workshops and continued to hone her craft by writing several short and novel-length fan-fiction pieces published online, where she met other authors with a similar love for story, a Christian worldview, and happily-ever-after. Married for 30+ years and active in their church, Regina and her husband have two grown daughters who share her love of music, writing, and the arts. Visit Regina on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or on her website at www.reginamerrick.wordpress.com.