Lori Bates Wright joins our circle this week. Lori writes Christian historical romance with a touch of mystery and intrigue.
Gather ’round as we welcome this wonderful author.
A Word from Lori Bates Wright
Hi, y’all. I’m Lori Bates Wright, and it’s a pleasure to be with you today. Thanks so much for having me, Linda. I’m excited for this opportunity to share with your readers as we take a look at Thanksgiving 2020.
First, let me tell you a little about myself. For me, writing historical novels was a natural progression. Some of my favorite childhood memories centered around my grandmother’s dining table where stories of times past were shared each time the family gathered. It was during one of these family get togethers that I found out my distant ancestors were seated at both sides of that first Thanksgiving table in 1621. My grandmother’s people were Native Americans. Her three time great-grandfather was Chief of the Chickasaw. My grandfather’s distant great-grandfather was William Bradford. The concessions of goodwill that day forged a tradition of Thanksgiving in this country to became a national holiday in 1863.
That brings us back to 2020.
Thankful in the midst of an earth-shaking crisis? How do we count our blessings in the face of a pandemic? What if (gasp) all the toilet paper mysteriously disappears again?
So many questions. As we navigate these unchartered and turbulent times, we lose sight of normalcy. Nothing feels normal anymore. In fact, the world tells us this chaos is our “new normal.”
I don’t know about you, but that makes me cringe.
So much of what we consider normal is cloaked in our daily routines and traditions. Traditions that run deep in the heart of who we are. There were no Easter egg hunts this year. Fourth of July was all but cancelled. Many of us celebrated birthdays from afar with parades of cars honking birthday greetings. No Harvest Festivals. Our cherished traditions have been turned upside down and inside out. Must we forego our much anticipated turkey dinner? No family. No church socials. Who knows what Christmas will look like. Do you feel panic rising at the very thought?
Lori Bates Wright: There’s no doubt this has been a year of unspeakable hardships.
Many around the world have lost income, friends, and loved ones. While our country is reeling, and our lives are completely disrupted, we pause … and it’s here, in this unsociable quiet, that I recalibrate.
I’m reminded that the Spirit that makes traditions so special is still with us. Remembering God’s goodness and thanking Him for all He has done boosts my faith. I become more resilient. Soon, I find my perspective has shifted. A turkey with all the trimmings is a blessing, but the real focus of Thanksgiving 2020 for me and my family will be one of simple gratitude. God’s hand of protection and provision has been monumental. Thinking of the many ways He has so graciously sustained us throughout this crazy year humbles me. I have a feeling Christmas will be much less fussy as well. The true reason for the season will again become the focal point, as Emmanuel, God With Us, takes on a whole new meaning.
Lori Bates Wright: “Check out my latest book, SACRED HONOR, the finale of THE SABERTON LEGACY series.”
Follow the Saberton family through the devastation of the Civil War, as they prove that love really does conquer all.
Aurora Haverwood has loved Zachery Saberton for as long as she can remember. News that Zach is missing and presumed dead as the American Civil War draws to a close dashes her dreams. Refusing to believe he will never return to her, she sets out to find the truth.
Captain Zach Saberton, notorious blockade runner for the Confederate Navy, has outfoxed the Yankee War Department once too often.
In order to save his neck, Zach agrees to go undercover in London to help the Union recover a million dollars’ worth of gold bullion missing from the failed Confederate Treasury.
When Aurora discovers Zach Saberton is alive and well in England, attending one social affair after another, she decides to pay a visit to her uncle, the Earl of Kendal, in hopes of finding some answers. The journey from her devastated homeland to elegant London society plunges her into a web of danger.
Zach, desperately trying to avoid another civil rebellion, soon comes to realize that it’s Aurora who holds the key to their survival.
But in accepting her help, he risks losing her forever.
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Finally, to thank you for joining the conversation today, I’m giving away a free copy of SACRED HONOR, your choice of format! Linda will pick a random winner from those who leave a comment.
Happy Thanksgiving! I pray blessings upon each and every one of you this holiday season.
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Lord, please bless each word Lori writes for you. And bless her readers as only you know how.
~ For Jesus’ sake