23 August 2021

Lost and Found Faith | Excerpt + Giveaway

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A terrible tragedy nearly broke him. Can love put him back together again?

Widowed history teacher Neil Hamilton has lost his way—at work, with people and even with his faith. But Neil’s shut-down existence is disrupted when a small toddler and his would-be foster mother, vibrantly pretty Maggie Byrne, come crashing into Neil’s yard and his life. Can this absentminded teacher find himself again…and take a chance on love, too?

From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.

Publisher: Love Inspired
Release Date: August 24, 2021


People had hurt this woman, Neil realized, and she still bore the scars, no matter how well she covered them up with cookies and smiles. “Did something like that happen to you?”

He sensed her reluctance to answer his question. “Almost. If it hadn’t been for Ruby—” Maggie paused and swallowed. “It almost happened to me. And I knew other kids in the foster-care system who weren’t as blessed as I was. Their stories didn’t end well. How could they? If you shut your heart off, if you can’t love people because you’re terrified of getting hurt again, what kind of life is that?”

He could have told her. He knew exactly what kind of life that was. But she didn’t seem to expect an answer so he didn’t offer one.

“I won’t let that happen to Oliver,” she said fiercely, “but I’m going to need your help. And who knows? Maybe it’ll help you, too....”

That was his cue. Time to refuse politely, to back away from this, and retreat into the closed-off lifestyle that kept him reasonable functional.

He suddenly recalled that moment when Oliver had run to him instead of to her—and how he’d wished he could help her.

Well, now he could. She needed him. Nobody had needed him for a very long time.

“All right,” he heard himself saying. “I’ll try. Just tell me what I’m supposed to do.”


Award-winning author Laurel Blount writes inspirational romances full of grit and grace—with characters who’ll walk right off the page and into your heart! She lives on a farm in Georgia with her husband, their four fabulous kids, and an assortment of ridiculously spoiled animals.

A enthusiastic multi-tasker, Laurel writes for both Berkley/Penguin Random House and Love Inspired/Harlequin. She’s the recipient of ACFW’s Carol Award, The New England Reader’s Choice Award and GRW’s Maggie Award. She’s represented by Jessica Alvarez of Bookends Literary Agency.

Lost and Found Faith is Laurel’s sixth book—and five more stories are in the works! Stay tuned!


(1) winner will receive an embroidered dishtowel with Maggie’s favorite saying “The kitchen is the heart of the home” and a $25 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight August 23, 2021 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on August 30, 2021. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. Anonymous24/8/21 17:12

    Sounds like a great book.

  2. I cant wait to read this! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I look forward to reading Oliver's story as well as Maggie’s and Neil's.

  4. Thank you for sharing!