Monday, November 22, 2010

In Search of Serenity - Pamela Griffin

In Search of Serenity
by Pamela Griffin
HP 927
ISBN 978-1-61626-038-5

Hannah Thomas dreams large.

Determined to escape her humdrum life in 1939 Connecticut by writing a bestselling novel filled with mystery and intrigue, Hannah is relentless in pursuing her dreams. But then mystery lands on her doorstep in the person of Eric Fontaine. Why does his presence anger her father so—especially when Eric simply wants to help repair their house while Mr. Thomas recovers from a serious accident?

As Hannah works with Eric, she learns to trust him, but questions remain about his family—and long-held secrets that involve her parents. Even more disturbing, Eric makes Hannah question her own goals and values.

Will friendship with this disturbing stranger bring her the serenity she seeks, or will the knowledge he carries destroy the family she loves?

Ezekiel 18:20: “The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.”

“While our. . .houseguest is staying here, I want you to keep out of his way. He’s not the kind of man I want my daughters consorting with.”

That puzzled Hannah. Of all the young men she’d known, Eric seemed the least dangerous. One certainly couldn’t accuse him of a life spent in dissipation—he’d probably only had acquaintance with the word when browsing through a dictionary. And she knew his economic status didn’t matter—her parents had conceived this plan of moving into the rickety old farmhouse to take their children away from associating with the privileged class.

“I don’t understand, Daddy.” She voiced her confusion. “He seems like a nice man.”

“Don’t let appearances deceive you, Hannah. I don’t trust him, and you’d be wise to follow my lead.”

Hannah could barely believe what she was hearing. Eric had done nothing to merit disfavor. He’d done his utmost to seclude himself in his room, away from the family, at every opportunity. Hadn’t her parents endlessly told her not to judge people for others’ mistakes and to give second chances?

PAMELA GRIFFIN lives in Texas and divides her time among family, church activities, and writing. She fully gave her life to the Lord in 1988 after a rebellious young adulthood and owes the fact that she’s still alive today to an all-loving and forgiving God and a mother who prayed that her wayward daughter would come “home”. Pamela’s main goal in writing Christian romance is to encourage others through entertaining stories that also heal the wounded spirit. Please visit Pamela at:

What brings you serenity? Nature? Prayer? A walk? Being with people? Being alone? Something else?


  1. This book sounds fascinating! ~ Spending quiet time alone with the Lord genuinely brings me serenity. Also when I'm outside on a beautiful day and my neighborhood is quiet--except for the birds chirping--that fills me with serenity and amazement at God's creations!
    Blessings, Patti Jo :)

  2. I love the cover for this book!

    Time alone, daydreaming, thinking, being thankful for my family and my blessings...those also bring me serenity.

  3. Patti Jo and Erica, you both said it so well. I echo each of your comments. Each of those things brings me serenity.

  4. I agree with all the above. :)
    In such a busy, stress-laden world, serenity is often hard to find and difficult to hold onto once we do grab that peace ... it's nice to just kick back, relax, and smell the roses.

    Having a thankful heart helps me too - when life starts weighing me down, I think about all the things I am thankful for and list them in my head until I feel better. :)

  5. That's good, Pamela. Attitude makes all the difference.