Today, Kristen is sharing a bit about Morning Star. Kristen, thank you for giving an insight into your characters.
Do you have a friend that is always the chief-in-command? Maybe she always takes the lead? Maybe she’s the first born? Or just a perfectionist, and hence thinks she’s the best for the job, so she takes charge?
This was my high school best friend. I relished being on the sidelines watching her work. She was, and still is, tough as nails, consistent, fiercely loyal, and superbly bossy in all the finest ways.
My heroine, Addie, is like this. She’s strong-willed, driven, and even authoritative at times. In fact, most might be a little bit intimidated of her—until she smiles really big and talks about God as her best friend.
Addie learned as an apprentice under her dad. After his death, she keeps his legacy alive by continuing in his footsteps restoring old homes on the brink of being torn down. She grows the business and gets the opportunity of a lifetime when she’s asked to star in a reality TV show about her life. She risks everything and buys one of the oldest, and most expensive, homes on Moanna Island, setting out to bring it back to life.
Her first day, she meets the boy next door who’s hiding out in his Grandmother’s beach house. Addie senses he’s hurting and, remaining true to herself, begins to pray for him. Because, you see, the biggest thing people learn quickly about her is that she’s not only fiercely loyal to her friends/crew and family, but she’s also this way with God. Her relationship with Him isn’t a façade, that it’s real and intimate. As an early riser, she has a dedicated quiet time every single morning, hanging out with the Morning Star (Jesus) to begin her day. She says it’s fitting because “the sun brings light into each new day, and Jesus, the Son, brings light into the world.” And she quotes Revelation 22:16, “I am the Root¾meaning the very foundation of everything¾and the Offspring of David¾a prophecy fulfilled¾, and the bright Morning Star.” (NIV)
Addie does a great job demonstrating to all of us how to be a Christ-follower, how to overcome fear, heartache, loss, and even how to love. I hope readers grow in their own relationship with God while getting to know her, and if anything, begin to see the Morning Star in a new way.
Addie McHenry, restoration home builder extraordinaire, catches her big break when the House to Home network contracts her to film a reality TV show focusing on how she brings homes back to life. She sets her sights on one of the oldest on Moanna’s beach and has to risk everything just to get it.
Shane Armstrong moved from Savannah to his grandmother’s Moanna oceanside house when his world shattered five months before. He went on leave from his job as a Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmer, hopeful his grandmother’s peaceful street will help him heal. The reality TV show’s arrival threatens this serenity.
But the construction and camera crews are nothing compared to Addie herself. She’s tough as nails, challenging, and superbly bossy as she works to get her way. But she’s also kind, hardworking, and has a relationship with God Shane can’t begin to understand.
With each encounter, Shane’s walls start to crumble as Addie brings more than just the historical home back to life, but him as well. Addie tries desperately not to enjoy spending time with the irritable and scowling boy from next door. He hides his heartache well, but she sees it there behind his prickly exterior. Soon she begins to uncover the sacrificial hero underneath the façade.
With both of them only temporary residents on Moanna Island, their thin ice relationship crashes to a halt. Can Shane return to his risky job with the Coast Guard? Does he even want to? And can Addie let him go and follow her dreams even when tragedy strikes?
Kristen Terrette holds a Master’s degree in Theological Studies and served as a Children’s Ministry Director for five years. She cherishes her Southern roots and currently lives forty-five minutes outside of Atlanta, GA. She’s following her dream by writing Christian fiction during the day and being a wife and mom come early afternoon when the family starts to arrive home. She serves on the Wholly Loved Ministries team, serves at her local church on the women’s leadership and teaching team, and writes for Crosswalk.com. To learn more about her writing projects, check out her website at www.kristenterrette.com.