This morning we have the wonderful Linda Matchett on the blog. She is going to give you a little behind the story adventure on her newest release, Love’s Rescue. I’ll be reviewing this book soon, and I’m very excited!
Love’s Rescue: The Story behind the Story
By Linda Shenton Matchett
I was recently asked by a reader where I get my story ideas. It’s a common question that authors often receive. For me, ideas come from numerous sources such as books, movies, or television shows, sometimes because I don’t like the way a topic is covered or the way the story ends, or sometimes because a kernel of an idea sprouts from something a character does or says.
For example, the idea for A Love Not Forgotten in which a downed pilot experiences amnesia came from a gag in a sit-com. Newspaper and magazine articles are also great sources, especially for mysteries, because as it is said: “truth is stranger than fiction.” Overheard conversations can also lead to story ideas, especially if only a snippet is available.
For Love’s Rescue, I turned to the Old Testament.
As the second in my Wartime Bride series that began with a retelling of the book of Ruth set during WWII, Love’s Rescue needed to be another biblical retelling. I scoured books and commentaries searching for just the right woman and scenario. Because the story would also be set during WWII, the biblical version needed to “carryover” to that era.
After several days, I came upon Rahab; a harlot (prostitute), a pagan, and an enemy of Israel by virtue of her citizenship as a Canaanite. Lots have been written about Rahab by scholars as well as novelists, but I am not aware of her story being retold in a modern setting.
Having read about the prostitutes and other women in France who slept with their German occupiers, I felt Rahab’s story would fit. Further research unearthed an interesting parallel between the fall of Jericho and the liberation of Paris: the inhabitants of both cities knew the invasions were coming, with time to prepare for defense. Yet in both cases, the cities fell to the “good guys.”
I don’t know that spies were necessary to the campaign to free the City of Light, but thought at a minimum, scouts would be used to ascertain the “lay of the land.” That allowed me to include the Hebrew spies.
My aim with Love’s Rescue is to explore how God often uses the most unlikely people to further His kingdom. I also want to shine the light on what it was like to try to survive living in an occupied country. I hope my story honors those ordinary people of the Greatest Generation who chose to do extraordinary deeds in order to defeat evil.
A prostitute, a spy, and the liberation of Paris.
Sold by her parents to settle a debt, Rolande Bisset is forced into prostitution. Years later,
shunned by her family and most of society, it’s the only way she knows how to subsist. When the Germans overrun Paris, she decides she’s had enough of evil men controlling her life and uses her wiles to obtain information for the Allied forces. Branded a collaborator, her life hangs in the balance. Then an American spy stumbles onto her doorstep. Is redemption within her grasp?
Simon Harlow is one of an elite corps of American soldiers. Regularly chosen for dangerous covert missions, he is tasked with infiltrating Paris to ascertain the Axis’s defenses. Nearly caught by German forces moments after arriving, he owes his life to the beautiful prostitute who claims she’s been waiting for the Allies to arrive. Her lifestyle goes against everything he believes in, but will she steal his heart during his quest to liberate her city?
Inspired by the biblical story of Rahab, Love’s Rescue is a tale of faith and hope during one of history’s darkest periods.
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Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore,
Maryland she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent and archivist at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library. Linda and her husband live in central New Hampshire.
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