15 November 2022

Reclaiming Hope in Wishing Bridge | Excerpt + Giveaway

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She swore she’d never come back to Wishing Bridge.

She needed nothing. No family. No links to a past that broke her heart. Heather Johnstone was successful in her own right, by her own actions. She’d built a pristine life and gave no one the right or opportunity to disrupt it, but then her father called… the one person who’d loved her. Who’d cared.

And there was no other choice, it seemed.

She’d go back and face a past that was now tragically changed and fairly unimportant, but that’s the thing about growing up. You don’t always know what’s important until it’s too late.

Hank Reynolds had spent over a decade trying to inspire change. Change in a shrinking town adjacent to Wishing Bridge, and a school district that serviced several towns. Hank took his teaching and coaching seriously. Seriously enough to help no small number of kids find their way to success, but when a tragic flood takes a major toll on the little town of Hopewell, the aftermath stuns the surrounding communities with the loss of life and livelihood. Who can help? Who can help them re-establish the good old days in a place that had lost their grip on good a long time ago?

Hank knows what the school needs the minute he sees Heather. Northeast Wyoming Central needs an administrator that puts kids first, all the time. Not just when it looks good for a photo op. And when his phone calls bring back more of their high school football teammates, Hank knows something else is happening… Coming back to Wishing Bridge isn’t just good for the town and the schools… It’s good for the prodigals.

Because whoever said you can’t go home again was wrong and Hank Reynolds intends to prove it, but when Heather’s life takes a sudden turn, he realizes something else: sacrificial love means putting others first. Even if it’s the person you love more than anyone else on the planet.

Grab a cup of coffee, a Coke or a spot of tea and join the folks of Wishing Bridge, NY as they gather folks in to help, to love, to fix, to nurture… Welcome back to Wishing Bridge… where prayers and wishes mingle to make dreams come true.

Publisher: Independently Published
Release Date: October 22, 2022



Heather wasn’t exactly a self-proclaimed expert on matters of faith. Other than Christmas and Easter, life was too busy to take time out for church, so how would she know?

And yet— it made sense. She faced her oldest niece and spoke from the heart. “I don’t know what to believe or when to believe it. We see so much sadness, and I don’t know how to balance that sadness with what’s supposed to be God’s goodness.”

“Because it’s not sensible,” declared Megan.

Maybe it was. Maybe it wasn’t. Heather shrugged. “What if it’s us, Meg? What if we’re trying to fit some big, wonderful and amazing thing into our way of thinking? I wonder about that sometimes. That maybe I have a hard time believing in things I don’t see because I have to be able to box them up. Maybe God’s too big to fit into any of our boxes.”

“Is my mommy with God?” Timmy’s hand clung to hers. Clung hard. “And my daddy?”

She wanted to say yes. She wanted to look into his sweet little face, a face that looked so much like his dad’s with a hint of Alicia in the shape of his jaw and the blue of his eyes. She started to speak but another voice— Hank’s voice— interrupted her.

“I vote yes.”

They all turned his way.

“I vote yes to God and heaven and mom and dad watching over you from above, or wherever it is. Because why wouldn’t there be a heaven?” he asked from the arch separating the living room from the kitchen.

Erin raised a brow and Hank met her gaze. “I didn’t say I understood it,” he continued. “I said I believed. Because when it all comes down to it, we’re here. The Earth is here, the universe is here. And even for folks who don’t believe,” he nodded toward Megan. “Or have a hard time understanding.” He turned his attention to Heather. “It all came from somewhere. Even science agrees that you can’t make something out of nothing. It doesn’t happen. And science happens to be my specialty, guys, and that makes me believe even more. Because it all began somewhere. Somehow. Why not with God?”

“Which means He’s real.” Erin sighed softly, then nodded outside. “The car is here. It’s waiting. We should go.”


Multi-published, award-winning and bestselling inspirational author Ruth Logan Herne has worked with multiple publishers and has published over seventy novels and novellas: Basically, Ruthy is living her dream of being a published author and having a great deal of fun doing it! With words to warm the heart and ease the soul, Ruthy takes her readers on the journeys of some unforgettable characters and situations, but in the spirit of being a true Pollyanna at heart, she loves a happy ending! She has a heart for women as overcomers and that spirit of faith and strength shines through every one of her stories. A mother of six with a seventh “daughter of her heart”, Ruthy has fourteen grandkids, runs a busy big pumpkin farm with her husband Farmer Dave, and has an absolute love for God, Jesus, her family, country, dogs, chocolate and coffee….

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(1) winner will receive a lovely book bundle from Ruthy including several books, chocolate, and a $20 Amazon Gift Card… cozy just got a little bit better.

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight November 14, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on November 21, 2022. 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. I like the excerpt and cover.

  2. I enjoyed the excerpt and Reclaiming Hope in Wishing Bridge sounds like a book that I really want to read!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a terrific day!

  3. After reading that excerpt, my heart goes out to the children.

  4. I like the excerpt, this sounds like a great book

  5. I really like the book cover design! Can't wait to read it--thanks so much for sharing.