One of my favourite authors has recently released a new novella: When Beauty Blooms. Ms. Victoria Lynn is an author whose books you have seen several times before on this blog — I always enjoy her writing, and always enjoy participating in the release tours for her books =]
Revolutionary War Era England
Marjorie Kirk is a woman with no fortune, no prospects, no family, and no skills. Or so she thinks. She is awkward, shy, and the farthest thing from any semblance of a society lady.
The new minister keeps turning up in the most awkward of places and she can’t help but feel that her life is doomed to one of embarrassment. But will her flaws actually be the thing that others find the most attractive?
A story of a young woman with social anxiety and how she learned to bloom.
This started as a story prompt on Victoria’s blog, Ruffles and Grace, and as I started this book I was *so* happy to see that she had turned it into a story.
This story opens on three girls with very different personalities. The story follows one in particular: Marjorie Kirk. A young lady who is trying her very hardest to fit in and failing hopelessly, becoming more and more discouraged and more and more embarrassed.
There were several characters I fell in love with, the main one being the all wise chaperone to these girls, Ms. Claire, who always seems to know what to say to help her charges. The interaction between Marjorie and the minister made me smile with the awkwardness, while seeing a tiny bit of myself in her.
This is a sweet story that has endeared itself to my heart with its poignant message, which is something I think every girl — young and old — needs to be reminded of from time to time.
Here’s a couple questions I asked Victoria about this novelette, that she graciously answered.
1) What inspired you to write this book?
It originally started as a picture prompt for my blog, but the wheels kept spinning since I had created some pretty memorable characters and they wouldn’t leave my mind. So, I kept writing and the novelette was born!
2) How long — from getting the idea to releasing it to the world — did it take you to finish this project?
One year. I wrote it exactly one year ago!
3) Which character could you relate to the most, and why?
I actually do relate a lot to Marjorie, I hide my social “anxiety” if you want to call it that really well, but at heart, I am very tied up in what people think. I am a people pleaser and more introverted than I let on. I also relate to Miss Claire a lot. I am very much that woman when it comes to being a mama bear since I am the oldest sister. :D
4) Did the Lord teach you anything in particular while writing this book?
The message of the book is something that I think all women struggle with. The reality that we aren’t perfect. I have seen a lot of self-shaming in my life. And I know it is hard as women to want to be all of these things. We compare ourselves so much to each other, and then we beat ourselves up for not being “perfect” If anything, this book cemented the message that God created us unique and different from each other for a reason.
5) What is one major thing that you want readers to take away from this book?
That God made them beautiful, that He loves them, whether they are perfect or not. And that maybe, what you perceive as a detriment to yourself, might just be your biggest asset.
Thanks so much for having me Kaitlyn!
Thank YOU, Victoria, for answering my questions! And for all of you who read this, there’s a magnificent giveaway going on! One winner will receive a signed copy of the book and a $10.00 Amazon gift card!
This is a long blog tour — this book has been spotted at several places around the internet this month :D Yesterday this book was the star of Sarah’s post at A Day in the Life, and tomorrow it will be highlighted at Faith’s blog, Chosen Vessels.
Victoria Lynn is in her 20s and if she’s not writing, she is probably sewing, singing, playing the piano, washing dishes, creating something with her hands, or learning something new. She has a passion for serving her Creator, encouraging others and being creative. She blogs at www.rufflesandgrace.com about writing, fashion, modesty, her walk with God and life. She lives in Michigan with her parents and 8 siblings.
I am a 23 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.