picks up where Entrusted leaves off. It is the story of Jenna’s new best friend, Carla Rowling and how she ends her career as county sheriff to start a new career as a hair stylist. What she sees as misguided faith in her others see as a reward for a woman truly worthy. Carla is bombarded with guilt and fear and yet finds her heart entangled with someone else’s – and I won’t tell you who this is either!
My favorite thing about these books –is the first person, PRESENT TENSE point of view! This is a rarity in the books I read, and I found it a refreshingly unique perspective that allows the reader to truly enter the mind of the heroine and feel emotions from her viewpoint. Kudos to Julie Arduini for making this bold decision and pulling it off in spectacular fashion.
My favorite character –
from Entrusted is Ben Regan. I wasn’t sure what to make of him at first, wanted to throttle him a time or two, but loved him anyway.
from Entangled is Noah Rowling. This wise yet still-a-kid young teen stole my heart. I love how much he loves his mom and how it is so obvious that he wants great things for her.
My favorite tidbit –
from Entrusted is the presence of a journal at an old cabin in the woods for those who visit it to write of their experiences there. I love the idea and the sentiments shared through it, and I want one for my next house.
from the narrator of Entangled, a book about a teen mom who leaves the sheriff’s office to cut hair: “Right. The teen mom who leaves the sheriff’s office to cut hair… There’s a book people will rush to read.” I love the irony!
Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of the re-release, ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, as well as the sequel, ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past. She also shared her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities at JULIE ARDUINI: SURRENDER ISSUES AND CHOCOLATE and the weekly e mail. SUNDAY’S SURRENDER AND CHOCOLATE.
FROM THE AUTHOR:
What did you like best about writing this story?
Overall, ENTANGLED was a difficult one to write. I struggled to get words on the page, and fought mind games the entire time that what I had written wasn’t good. I deleted a lot, and started over. That said, I enjoyed creating new characters that were part of the beauty school. Daniel, Mitzi, and the gang were fun to picture and add to the story.
Who is your favorite character & why?
In ENTANGLED, I think Noah is a standout for me. I love young people and feel more comfortable with kids/teens than I do my peers. Noah is a typical teen living in a rural community but when he struggles, it throws Carla into a panic that he’s following her footsteps. It was fun to expand his role in this story.
What is a beloved tidbit from the story?
When I submitted chapters to critique groups I’m a part of, everyone had an opinion of who Carla should choose. There was Team Will and Team Wayne. I had a smile every time I received a chapter back because no one held back on who they were rooting for.
Are there more “En” books on their way? / On what are you working now?
I am working on the last book in the Surrendering Time Series, ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future. Trish Maxwell, the “mean girl” from ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, is back in Speculator Falls with egg on her face and no plan for the future. She has to earn everyone’s trust after abandoning them for a big job in New York City, only to lose the job and come back to live with her parents. Things seem pretty bleak until she meets a handsome paramedic…
What are five frivolous things you love?
Taking nature pictures with my phone
Visiting the real Speculator that the Surrendering Time series is based on
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