Today I am ever so pleased to be taking part of Alicia Ruggieri’s blog tour for her newest book in her A Time of Grace series, “A Love to Come Home To”! I am so excited for this book. I have absolutely adored the first two books in this amazing series, and know I’ll love this one too. :) As I hope you will! If you haven’t read this series yet, I definitely encourage you to check them out! So worth your time. :)
Not only do I get to spotlight the book, I get to share about the super giveaway Alicia is hosting, and introduce you to one of the characters here! How exciting is that? I think we should begin. :)
(Love the cover!!)
A Love to Come Home To
Book 3 in the A Time of Grace Trilogy
By Alicia G. Ruggieri
This book released: July 22, 2016 in softcover and on Kindle
You can purchase it here
BACK COVER BLURB:
Hardened Ben Picoletti thought he’d turned his back on Depression-era Rhode Island years ago. Nothing remains there for him, except for haunting memories of an abusive childhood. Yet when a criminal accusation shatters his ambitions, Ben has nowhere to flee but back to his stepfather’s home.
There, he finds that redemption yet waits for him… but the sacrifice required to attain it may exceed the limits of his family’s hearts.
Meanwhile, his musical sister Grace continues her studies in New York. She longs to hear a word of affection from her high-school beau… yet only Paulie’s silence greets her. Grace must decide whether she wants to live in the past or move into an unknown future with unexpected love.
Lyrical and sensitive to the aching heart, A Love to Come Home To affirms that God delights in being a stronghold in times of trouble; that He renews His mercy every morning; and that He will work every bitter thing together for the good of His children.
(Photo taken from Pinterest; I do not own or claim to own this picture)
Grace Picoletti – and the memory of a geranium-filled upstairs room – came first. Everyone else in the A Time of Grace Trilogy arrived later, but Grace had tiptoed through my imagination for a little over a decade. She’s a quieter sort of person, and I didn’t mind her company for so many years!
Growing up in the 1920s and 1930s, Grace is the responsible one in her large Italian-American family – the middle child, always watching out for her younger siblings and even for her ill-treated mama. Sometimes, she’s manipulated by her older and thoughtless twin sisters and passed over in favor of her younger sister. Her heart yearns for her papa’s sincere love, but her father can’t give what he doesn’t have. Though quiet, she’s spirited and persevering and sometimes surprised me with her responses to what life gives her.
Grace worships the ground her big brother Ben walks on. He calls her “Canary”, alluding to her beautiful singing voice – a voice which she originally longs to use to gain admiration for herself. (For more on how that turns out, see books one and two.) Ben leaves home, however, and Grace finds herself the only one left to keep the Picoletti household in one piece. Her sole source of joy comes from the scarlet geraniums she sees on a neighbor’s porch each day as she walks home from high school – a neighbor whom God uses in a very special way.
She never expected to have anything to do with Paulie Giorgi. Oh, she’d always known that he was a fellow classmate: the kind who badgered the teacher to raise his grade from a 99.5 to a 100. But she never knew how his kindness and love would touch her life – or that of her family.
As the author, I am so thankful for the way God fused my childhood memory of winterized geraniums in an elderly woman’s upstairs library with the idea of a poverty-stricken but determined teenager. Grace’s character became intrinsically connected to the theme symbolized by the geraniums: that God will bring sweetness out of every bitter thing for His children.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alicia G. Ruggieri writes grace-filled, Christ-centered fiction, including the A Time of Grace Trilogy. She’s a graduate of Rhode Island College, where she studied Communications and History, and her adventures include children’s theatre direction, restaurant management, and small business ownership. Alicia and her husband live in coastal New England, where she may be found drinking far too much coffee and penning stories with her emotionally-disturbed second-hand pug by her side.
And last, but not least, The Giveaway!