Welcome to the CAN blog. Davalynn Spencer here from wintry Colorado, and I’m pleased to chat with author Linda Wood Rondeau today about her featured book, Second Helpings.
Linda, can you give us a brief overview of this intriguing book?
Can this marriage be saved? Today is Jocelyn Johnson’s forty-fifth birthday. Frustrated with her passionless marriage, Jocelyn, a radio talk show host, contemplates an affair with her handsome cohost. Her hoped for tryst goes awry when family needs cause her to put the affair on a back burner.
I love the title, Linda. Give us a quick shot of what your book is about.
This fiction book is inspired by the biblical book of Hosea. A minister has searched for his runaway, drug-addicted wife for the past fifteen years. When they are finally reunited, he discovers two alarming truths: she is dying of lung cancer, and she is a material witness against a Washington, D.C., drug lord and former lover. Though she has recently come to faith, can he extend to her the forgiveness she requests?
What was it about the biblical story that made you want to set it in contemporary times?
The story of Hosea and Gomer in the book of Hosea has long intrigued me. Why would God ask someone to enter into a disastrous relationship? How is it possible to forgive so much wrong? The parallels between Hosea’s life and Israel demonstrate God’s encompassing love and redemption. Though we may suffer the consequences of our poor choices, the Lord is sovereign even over these.