Hello reader friends! Today I’m chatting with Evelyn Mapleton, the main character from Stephenia McGee’s latest novel Eternity Between Us. First of all I have to tell you this book is so wonderful. Review coming shortly. If you haven’t purchased it yet, make sure you do!! It just so happens there is a fantastic giveaway opportunity at the end of this post as well. Makes sure you visit all the blog stops to learn more about the book!
About the Book
After being forced to use a pistol against invaders, Evelyn Mapleton is no longer the timid girl her extended family expects. The more her aunt and cousin resent her new independence, the more Evelyn is determined she’ll make her missing father proud by taking up his cause and aiding Confederate soldiers–even if she has to outmaneuver the Yankees guarding her home to do it.
About the Author
Stephenia H. McGee writes stories of faith, hope, and healing set in the Deep South. After earning a degree in Animal and Dairy Sciences, she discovered her heart truly lies with the art of story. She put pen to page and never looked back. Visit her at www.StepheniaMcGee.com for books and updates.
Hello Evelyn! Welcome to the blog today 🙂 Can you start out by telling us some things that you enjoy?
Helping people, politics, reading, and writing.
Reading, that’s right up my alley! What are some things you don’t like?
Dislikes: Sewing, peas, and my cousin Isabella.
Ha! I have some cousins I am not so fond of either. You were a big help during the war. What inspired you to help the Confederate soldiers?
My father. He’s a newspaper man, and though he has been gone for a long while and left me at my aunt’s house, I’m sure that if I can help him find interesting news he will let me work at his side. Daddy is a staunch believer in government control and is against these new tariffs Lincoln has put in place. He and I differ quite a bit on many of the other issues—mainly slavery—but I’m doing my best to make him proud by aiding a cause dear to him. Then, of course, after those Yankee marauders broke into our home, I was not so inclined to offer them any aid.
Do you think you can make a difference?
Already I have. My aunt and cousin may not think so, but helping in the hospitals is fulfilling, although exhausting, work. Many of the soldiers’ spirits improve with a kind word, a letter home, and offered prayers.
How inspiring and true. That can apply to any war, even today. What’s the first thing you thought when you saw Samuel for the first time?
I thought the man a blacksmith rather than a doctor, as he is nothing like the spindly physicians I am familiar with. He has an open and honest face, and one doesn’t have to look hard to read his emotions. He’s compassionate, too, caring for those orphans.
A man caring for orphans. Doesn’t get any swoonier than that 😉 What’s your favorite bible verse?
Joshua 1:9 “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”
Though things are difficult and I am often afraid, I know He is with me. Even if my earthly father has abandoned me, my heavenly one never will. He wishes for me to be brave and trust in Him.
So true! That’s one of my many favorite verses as well. What advice do you have for young women today?
Know who you are and who God designed you to be. You do not have to be anyone else, and you do not have to endlessly fight to earn love. Your Father in heaven already loves you so much more than anyone else could. Seek His approval above all others’.
I love this advice! Thank you so much for chatting with me today!
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