Managing a bookstore has its perks. One of my favorites is receiving advance reading copies of books from publishers. Being an avid, aka, addicted reader with an unsatiable love of fortune cookies led me to believe I had a winner when I saw the cover of your book. I curled up in my bed one night with three advance copy books from three different authors.
First book, two chapters in, tossed it aside. Second book, had potential, but didn't have me coming back for more after four chapters. As I stared at the cover of book three......your book, and read the fortune--"Some people are lucky in love. You aren't one of them," I groaned, "Well this one is obviously written for me. "
I just finished the final page (and yes, I even read your Haiku) and am now compelled to give you my version of "happiness that doesn't fleet."
My father was killed in Vietnam when I was 10 yrs. old. My mother died from ALS when I was thirty-five. My two children were born with an incurable disease called epidermolysis bullosa. After 20 years of marriage and one month from my 50th birthday, my husband unceremoniously dumped me for a prostitute in Thailand. Some happiness can be very "fleeting." As I lay on my dining room floor in the fetal position sobbing, I realized that the only true happiness is that which comes in the form of comfort and peace from our divine God who is the only one who knows how all the pieces will fit back together again. It is the happiness which I hold strong to today even though the puzzle of my life has not yet fallen back into place enough to see a clear picture. But I wake up every morning and go to bed every night with a happiness which cannot be quenched because I am held in the palm of the One who knows it all and tells me ---"Angie, you win in the end."
Blessings to you on your new publication. You have a winner on your hands! I can't wait to tell everyone who comes into our store!