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Should A Christian Novel Be Advertised as Overtly Christian?
8/27/2010 2:47:39 PM
A Conundrum for Crestmont author, Holly Weiss
If you read the plot synopsis of my historical fiction novel, Crestmont (here on Authors Den) you will find no mention of God. However, themes of grace permeate the book and the characters are believers, struggling to make sense of their lives with God's help like you and I. I fretted over how to portray the book to mainstream public. My feeling is that if I want non-believers to read it and perhaps be touched by its message, drawing them closer to Christ, I might be wise to draw them in gently without plastering it all over the back cover.
However, if you read my website, www.hollyweiss.com
you will find my faith firmly entrenched there.
I hope you will check out Crestmont. I look forward to feedback on my choices in not advertising my Christianity on my sleeve or book cover.
Here's the book synopsis:
"A dream, after all, needn't be fueled by particulars, only by desire."
So notes main character, Gracie Antes, in CRESTMONT, a historical fiction gem set in the 1920s.
Determined to take control of her life, sheltered Gracie Antes leaves her unhappy home in 1925 to pursue her dream of a singing career. On her way to the big city, she accepts a job as a housemaid at the bustling Crestmont Inn. Once there, Gracie finds a life-changing encounter with opera singer Rosa Ponselle, family she never imagined could be hers, and a man with a mysterious past. Relive the 1920s with a colorful cast of characters. Discover with Gracie that sometimes we must trade loss for happiness.
Set in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, the story is interwoven with details about the town, the rich history of The Crestmont Inn, and the family who passed ownership from one generation to the next. Many attempts have been made to explain how the mountaintop lake nestled in this tiny town came to be. Crestmont gives a new twist to an old Native American legend, setting the tone of grace around which the story is built.
Let the period of the Roaring Twenties spark your interest with its unique social mores, fashion, jazz, and yes, a little bootlegging thrown in for pizzazz."
Take a look and let me know what you think. You may view reviews on Amazon at this url
Holly Weiss, author of Crestmont
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