|Laurie Alice Eakes at a lighthouse.|
Many years later, I found myself in New Jersey again, this time in Morristown at The Seeing Eye. Scores of men, women, and children donate their time and money each year to raising puppies to become Seeing Eye dogs. They love and socialize these special animals, knowing all the while they have to give them up in a year.
Thus, with these experiences behind me, when I worked on a proposal for a series for Heartsong, New Jersey seemed like the natural choice. And so did the theme of sacrifice that emerged in the creation of Marigold and Gordon’s lives in The Newcomer, sacrifice of personal dreams for the sake of others, sacrifice of self-centeredness for a better relationship with God.
It is, of course, a love story between Gordon and Marigold and more than the central romance—love for family, love for friends, love for strangers who become more than strangers in their lives.
After all, the reason why I write is because of the ultimate sacrifice—the price Jesus paid.