Grace & Lavender: excerpt

Hello, reader friends! Join me in welcoming author friend Heather Norman Smith for a JustRead blog tour and giveaway celebrating Grace & Lavender!

about the book

Title: Grace & Lavender
Author: Heather Norman Smith
Publisher: Ambassador International
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: March 1, 2019

Recently retired Colleen Hill is always busy, constantly on a quest to make life more interesting.

When the ladies’ group at her church partners with the local children’s home, Colleen jumps in as usual, volunteering to share her passion for cooking with a troubled teenager named Grace. But Colleen must balance the new project with her pursuit of becoming a contestant on a television game show, along with all the other ideas her brain continually spins out.

Colleen’s daughter Melody is quite different. She lives a calm, simple life and is content with who she is. That is, until an unexpected opportunity to work with Grace, too, pushes her to reevaluate life and dare to take on bigger dreams. The path starts with a newly-found interest in soap-making and leads her to responsibilities she didn’t even know she wanted, including helping Grace understand the meaning of her name.

Grace & Lavender is a book for all audiences—a heart-warming story that reminds us to seek God’s purpose for our lives.

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What Colleen considered interesting about a person was different from most people’s definition of interesting. People who were especially kind or jolly for no apparent reason and people who had a vast amount of knowledge about common things like birds or plants fascinated Colleen. She found people interesting who had been through difficult circumstances and yet had made something of their life, people who had suffered great heartache and yet still expressed gratitude toward their Maker. In her part of the country, it seemed those kinds of people were a dime a dozen, but, nonetheless, interesting.


about the author

Heather Norman Smith aims to entertain and encourage, while illuminating the redemptive love of God through her writing. Along with Christian Fiction, she writes devotions and children’s books. She also enjoys writing songs and singing about Jesus.

Heather is proud to be a life-long North Carolinian and hopes to present the beauty of the Tar Heel State in her writing. Her home is just outside Winston-Salem, NC, where she lives with one husband, two daughters, one son, two cats, and two dogs. Heather loves words and does not enjoy math, except when it comes to counting blessings.

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tour giveaway

One winner will win a print copy of Grace & Lavender (US only)!
Four winners will receive an ebook copy of Grace & Lavender (open internationally)!

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight March 4, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm March 11, 2019. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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tour schedule

Colleen sounds like an interesting lady!
Share your thoughts on that excerpt, reader friends!

18 thoughts on “Grace & Lavender: excerpt”

  1. Thanks for being part of the JustRead blog tour for “Grace & Lavender” by Heather Norman Smith. Sounds like a great book and one that I would really enjoy having the opportunity to read.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net


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