Sunday, 27 November 2022

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Celebrate Lit: Book, Chapter, & Vows

By Chautona Havig


Book, Chapter, & Vows

It’s becoming an annual thing. This little bubble of a trailer with a lift-up side and “Little Book Shop” painted in clean, cute lettering shows up in my social media—somewhere. I think it was FaceBook the first time. Instagram the next.  This time, it showed up as a screenshot in a video somewhere. I’m just sayin’ that the woman who owns this thing… if she’s a Christian, she’s guilty of making a sister in Christ stumble. Guilty of “making” me covet.  Or something.

Okay, so that’s some lousy theology right there, but it kind of fits where my latest release went and in more ways than one.  In Book, Chapter, & Vows, Mallory Barrows has a tiny house-turned-bookstore (not nearly as small or cute as the trailer). And yes, I have started a coin jar to save for one. How’d you guess? Throughout the series she’s taken it from island to island, spreading literary joy to the people of the fictional Independence Islands off the coast of Georgia.

But in this book, an old friend returns, and his own lousy theology disrupts Mallory’s life in several ways. I won’t go into details so as not to spoil the story, but one of the biggest things about that theological nightmare was that it was rooted in Scripture. In black and white, we’re told to do this one thing. And to rectify a past mistake, this character decides to do just that. Sounds good, right? Well, if that were the only verse in Scripture and if there wasn’t this little thing called context…. Sure!

But there’s more to Book, Chapter, & Vows than wrestling with heavy subjects. The unexpected twist at the end of Finding a Memory needed to be rooted out and laid open, seeing how each person Mallory has helped write and publish books, her writing her Uncle Bud’s story—all that had to be resolved.

And way back in the prequel to the series, Christmas on Breakers Point, one man walked Mallory home from her uncle’s funeral and began the slowest of slow-burn romances. Or did it?  You’ll have to read all the way to the end to find out!

Even better, when the final “The End” comes, and you turn that last page, you’ll get the first chapter of the next islands series—Under the Hibiscus. I can’t wait to dive in and see what stories there are in the South Pacific this time.


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 Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her on the web and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

 

 

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