The Inspiration behind His Secret Daughter

When one of my friends was a toddler, her father was deployed for a very long time during the Vietnam War. Her mother was afraid she wouldn’t remember him when he returned. So as they went through their normal routine, her mother talked about her dad a lot.

“Blue is Daddy’s favorite color. Daddy likes red apples the best. Pumpkin pie is his favorite dessert . . .”

And sure enough, when her family was reunited at the Welcome Home ceremony, my friend wasn’t shy at all. She ran right up to the man her mother hadn’t let her forget while he was serving his country.

 

My friend told me this story years ago, but it stuck with me. What a clever and creative way to keep her absent father real and present in her small child’s mind. This idea was the seed that blossomed into His Secret Daughter.

I’ve always loved the Hendersonville area of North Carolina. Having set my Eastern Shore, Virginia series on the beach, I decided my new series would take place in the beautiful North Carolina mountains.

I hope you will enjoy Callie and Jake’s story.

Happy Reading,

Lisa

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Behind the Scenes Photos for His Secret Daughter

Time for a new series means ROAD TRIP. All in the name of research, of course. But it was no burden when book research took me to the wonderful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

 

 

 

His Secret Daughter

He just found out he’s a father…
But is he ready to be a dad?

When veteran Jake McAbee learns he has a daughter, he’s determined to raise the adorable toddler. But Maisie’s foster mom, Callie Jackson, insists Jake stay at her orchard until he’s prepared for fatherhood. While Jake and Maisie bond, the trio begins to feel like family. Could the best home for Maisie be the one Jake and Callie create together?

 

The first book in the new Blue Ridge series, His Secret Daughter, takes place in an apple orchard. And so, my husband and I traveled to an area known as Apple Valley in early spring last year—just in time to enjoy the apple blossoms and smell their lovely aroma.

 

Many thanks to Red & Joan Price, Melissa, Megan and Chris Pendergraft at Mountain Fresh Orchards in Hendersonville, NC for helping me understand the intricacies of growing apples and for the tour of your beautiful orchard.

I hope you will enjoy Callie and Jake’s story.

Happy Reading,

Lisa

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Happy Release Day for His Secret Daughter

Celebrating the release of my new series and eighth novel with Love Inspired—Set in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina

His Secret Daughter

I love the little pink cowgirl boots!

He just found out he’s a father…
But is he ready to be a dad?

When veteran Jake McAbee learns he has a daughter, he’s determined to raise the adorable toddler. But Maisie’s foster mom, Callie Jackson, insists Jake stay at her orchard until he’s prepared for fatherhood. While Jake and Maisie bond, the trio begins to feel like family. Could the best home for Maisie be the one Jake and Callie create together?

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Why I Wrote His Secret Daughter


The heart of this story is about a man searching for someplace to belong. He’s seeking love and purpose. He’s searching for home. This story is also about trusting God. With the good. With the bad. With everything.

Home. What images does that word create in your mind? For some, the memories are good. For others, memories of home are extremely painful.

But I believe the longing for home is at the core of who we are as humans.

 

As Jake discovers at Apple Valley Farm, no matter how tragic the past or present, God has a place of belonging for each of us. And I believe no matter where you’ve been, no matter where you are right now, no matter what you’ve done—that God can take what is broken and make it into something beautiful. In fact, I think He delights in bringing beauty out of brokenness.

Why did I write this story? Because it is my prayer that no matter where you’ve been, no matter where you are right now, no matter what you’ve done—that you will ultimately find in Him your Home. The happily-ever-after for which you were truly made.

Happy Reading,
Lisa

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Cover Reveal—His Secret Daughter

Welcome to Truelove, North Carolina—Where True Love Awaits. This fun, new romantic series is set in the breathtakingly lovely Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Though the course of true love doesn’t always run smooth, never fear. The Truelove matchmakers are there to make sure everyone finds their true happily-ever-after.

His Secret Daughter

He just found out he’s a father…
But is he ready to be a dad?

When veteran Jake McAbee learns he has a daughter, he’s determined to raise the adorable toddler. But Maisie’s foster mom, Callie Jackson, insists Jake stay at her orchard until he’s prepared for fatherhood. While Jake and Maisie bond, the trio begins to feel like family. Could the best home for Maisie be the one Jake and Callie create together?

 

I’m so excited about this new series. I hope you will be, too.

Happy Reading,

Lisa

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Two Minute Sea Turtle Release #video

The sea turtle hospital in Surf City, NC served as my inspiration in A Vast and Gracious Tide. After the rescued sea turtles recover from their injuries, volunteers release them back into the ocean.

Have you ever been part of a turtle patrol, seen turtle eggs hatch on the beach or witnessed a turtle release into the sea?

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Two Minute Cape Hatteras Aerial Drone #video

If you’re longing for summer, take a look at this—

Did you notice how narrow Highway 12 is between the Pamlico Sound and the Atlantic Ocean?

Have you ever visited the Outer Banks of NC (OBX)?

If not, isn’t it about time?

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Behind the Scenes Pics for A Vast and Gracious Tide

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Old Location Site of Lighthouse—where Ginger the Dog surfs

Ocracoke Island Lighthouse

 

 

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Do You Remember the First Time You Ever Saw the Ocean?

“It’s like another world,” she says.

And she is right . . .

Oh, that we could always see each day as an adventure with the same childlike wonder and joy.

How old were you the first time you ever saw the ocean? Can you remember the moment? Where were you?

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