Book: Temptation by Moonlight by Barbara Gosscategories: Book, Christian Romance, Romantic Tale, Clean Romance, Pittsburgh, Handicap, Companion, Nurse, Historical Romance
Barbara Gossabout this book: Nora works as a companion to the elderly, but when her 90 year-old patient dies, she is in desperate need of a job quickly or lose her rented home. She readily accepts a position as companion/aide to a young man who lost the use of his legs in a carriage accident. Alex is angry, depressed, and filled with self-pity. He presents her with the biggest challenge of her life. Alex's stepmother works against her, while his stepbrother, Nathan, supports her—and offers more than friendship. She slowly falls in love but must fight the malicious stepmother who wants to destroy Alex for her own gain, and keep Nathan under her power.
I tried to show through a steamy, but clean, romantic tale that people with handicaps have more to offer and are stronger than most people think. It also shows how limited life was for someone who was handicapped back in 1900, as very few places were wheelchair friendly. Our hero was only temporarily handicapped, but this book shows how compassionate Nora treated his disability, and how limited Alex felt, especially when Nora was in danger and he sat helpless.
I had a tough time with the cover as I was reluctant to put a picture of a man in a wheelchair on the cover. Most romance readers like to picture the hero as handsome and strong. They will be surprised when they read this book. This is the third cover for Temptation by Moonlight. It was a difficult cover to do, but Sarah Johnson helped me by putting together this one. Alex was never a weak character so I didn't want to show him as what would be interpreted as weak.
The title is self-explanatory when you read the book. Nora always gave her elderly patients back rubs before bed and she thought this would help Alex to relax and sleep better, however, it turns out to do just the opposite.
For me the hardest part of my books to write is the first chapter, and especially the first page. Once I get that over with, I can usually breeze through the rest of the book. Ideas and storylines just come together beautifully.
I did research into the locale for this book and for Alex's malady. Most of my other books are more historical and needed much more research than this one did.
My message to readers is that romance is a good thing to have in your life. God gave us romance, we just need to use it properly. If your real life lacks romance, then romance is important to have even if just in a story. Romance is a feel-good therapy for the heart and physical well-being. Loving is therapeutic.
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