Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Another Day with Mildred Colvin!

'Route 66' photo (c) 2008, Chuck Coker - license:

In Building Amanda's Future, Amanda is the third friend to tell her story. Tessa came first as she faced her past head-on when her youngest son's father showed up unexpectedly in her life. Then Sarah's present takes a totally new direction when she kept an appointment to meet the baby she gave up for adoption and ran into the boyfriend she'd never forgotten.

Amanda's situation is a bit different from her friends', however. Unlike Tessa and Sarah, Amanda was married before and lost both her husband and her baby daughter in a car accident. As a result, Amanda has no interest in remarrying. She only wants to teach school and live an independent life. Then a tornado brings destruction, and Amanda's compassion brings her to help with clean up afterward. That's when she is reintroduced to Chad, the man she ran from fourteen years earlier when she believed he'd betrayed her love with another woman.

I love stories of reunion where the hero and heroine has a past problem so huge it seems insurmountable. Each book in this series is that way. Of course, their past isn't the only problem the hero and heroine must face. As they become reacquainted, the past and present merge to reveal even more emotional obstacles that must be overcome.

Route 66 plays an important part in Building Amanda's Future, just as it did in Facing Tessa's Past and Redeeming Sarah's Present. The Mother Road extends across the western half of our country from Chicago to Los Angeles. Like many Americans I've always romanticized the idea of Route 66 and feel privileged to have grown up close to a part of it. Although I understand the importance of the major highways and freeways that have replaced so much of the old road, I still long for the simplicity of the two-lane road that wound its way through every small town as it opened up new experiences for travelers.

In some way, Route 66 brought the three couples of this series back together and helped them find the answer to their greatest need - that of making things right with their Savior.

Question of the Day
Have you ever traveled on Route 66?


  1. Mildred, this book sounds very interesting. You are such a talented writer. I know God is using you to do wonderful things. I agree about the roads--there are too many highways. Too many people trying to get somewhere fast. If we could just slow down. Your books do just that for me--help me relax and slow down.

  2. AnonymousJuly 20, 2011

    Hi Lori! I do believe we've given up so much to our busy lifestyle. Yes, I've traveled Route 66 many times and still do occasionally. It's a little hard to find now, but there are still road signs that let us know the old Mother Road still lives on. Of course, Route 66 is mostly memory now of a simpler, slower time.


  3. We drove down route 66 last summer during our family vacation. We had a great time.

  4. I love the sound of this book. I've never been on Route 66. In Ky we have 31W which may be the closest I've come to that. There's even a Wigwam motel.

  5. AnonymousJuly 20, 2011

    Hi Jamie and Jackie! Route 66 touches 8 states from Illinois to California, and Kansas can claim only about 13 miles of the road. I'll have to look up 31W. I do know Route 66 has had some interesting businesses over the years - some real tourist attractions.