Love Stays True July 29

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This week Martha Rogers joins us to tell us about her book Love Stays True. Welcome, Martha. Please share with us about your book.

Love Stay True is loosely based on the love story of my great-grandparents, Manfred and Sarah Louise (Sallie) Whiteman. The idea came to me as I read one of his letters to her a week or so before the battle of Nashville where he was captured and held as a POW until April of 1865. She didn’t hear from him after that and had no idea if he was dead or alive, but she waited for him until his return home in June 1865 when they were married.

What is the take-away from Love Stays True?

Not only is Sallie separated from Manfred, but she has turned away from God because of her circumstances and all that has happened to her. She feels God had abandoned her. When Manfred returns, she welcomes him with open arms because her love stayed true no matter how far away he was. She then realizes that God is waiting for her with open arms because His love stays true no matter how far away we go from Him.

That’s fantastic. 🙂 What’s next for you?

I’m working on the third book, Love Never Fails, of this series with a deadline of August 1. Book 2, Love Finds Faith, will be released in January 2014.

Excellent! I’m sure everyone will be anxiously awaiting future books in the series. I’ve read several of your books, Martha. Is there any one in particular that stands out in your mind as a favorite?

My favorite book is Christmas at Holly Hill. I absolutely loved writing that book. I love Christmas books anyway, so this one was a real joy. Another thing that makes it special is that I brainstormed ideas with a precious woman and her daughter at wellness retreat. They gave me the idea of a prodigal son and an orphanage. I dedicated the book to the two of them, but Mrs. Amy passed away before the book was released.

I can see why that book is so special to you. I always like to ask at least one fun question, so here is yours. Since it’s summer time, please tell us where you would go if you had a dream vacation.

My dream vacation would be to go back to Austria and Switzerland. I stayed in a little town in Switzerland and had a view of the Alps from the hotel window that was truly magnificent. Another teacher and I traveled down to Zermatt and rode a tram to the top of Klein Matterhorn and gazed at the Matterhorn. Oh my, what a sight.

That sounds picturesque. Thanks so much for sharing with us, Martha!

If you would like an opportunity to win an Ebook of Love Stays True please answer the following question:

Do you know anything about your family history? If so, what was the most interesting thing you discovered? If not, have you thought about going back to find out more about your parents and grandparents?

Rules: There must be 10 qualifying comments for the drawing to take place. Void where prohibited by law.

Martha Informal 2012Martha Rogers is a free-lance writer and the author of the Winds Across the Prairie and Seasons of the Heart series as well as the novella, Key to Her Heart in River Walk Christmas and Not on the Menu in Sugar and Grits. The first book in her third series, The Homeward Journey, is now available. She was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009 and is a member of ACFW and writes the weekly Verse of the Week for the ACFW Loop. In addition to fiction, Martha has contributed to compilations by Wayne Holmes, Debra White-Smith and Karen O’ Connor as well as various devotion books. Martha is a frequent speaker for writing workshops and the Texas Christian Writers Conference. She is a retired teacher and lives in Houston with her husband, Rex. Their favorite pastime is spending time with their nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


17 thoughts on “Love Stays True July 29

  1. Laura Drumb

    One of my most favorite pieces of my family history is that my grandmother taught school in a one-room schoolhouse in a tiny town in western OK back in the early years of the 1900s. I have a homemade deerhorn bell (made by my grandfather, perhaps?) that she used while teaching and it is one of my most treasured possessions. At a historical museum in Oklahoma City, there is a replica of such a schoolroom, and I always envision my grandmother standing there, ringing the bell to call the children in from their recess time. She died in childbirth when my father was only 15 months old so I never had the privilege of meeting her but she was a woman of great faith, I’m told, so I look forward to our reunion in Heaven someday!

  2. karenk

    a wonderful posting…thanks for sharing. And thank you for the opportunity to read this beautiful story, too.

    1. Kimberly Rose Johnson Post author

      Hi everyone, Kimberly here. To be entered in the drawing this week you must answer one of Martha’s questions. Here they are again.
      Do you know anything about your family history? If so, what was the most interesting thing you discovered? If not, have you thought about going back to find out more about your parents and grandparents?

  3. Patty H

    I don’t know a great deal about my family history. My Dad mentioned recently that on his side 3 brothers came to America not long after the Mayflower. They all eventually settled in different areas, with my Dad’s branch of the family settling in Virginia.

  4. Judy B

    I don’t know a whole lot about my family’s history. I have thought about going back to find out more about my parents and grandparents but I know this would be a time consuming project and right now is not a good time to start a lengthy project. Perhaps some where down the road I can begin.
    I think Love Stays True would be a very interesting read. Thank you Martha for this interesting interview. I would love to read this book.
    Judy B

  5. wendynewcomb

    Yes, my daughter is working on the genealogy now, I love the fact that both my grandma and grandpa (on my dad’s side) came over here from Norway when they were little.


  6. KayM

    I really don’t know much at all about my family history. I am interested in knowing, but have never set aside time to delve into it. I did help my mother do some research at a county courthouse once. I think it takes much patience and motivation. I think it is wonderful that the book is based on Martha’s great-grandparents!
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

  7. Janet Estridge

    My great grandfather was a Baptist minister and my great uncle was a doctor. I would love to know more of my family history.

  8. Martha Rogers

    Once I got started back in the early nineties, it quickly became addictive. Now I have three notebooks of information and pictures of cousins and their families on my father’s side. Just getting started on my mother’s line. I did discover that both my paternal and maternal grandfathers are of German descent. Paternal came to America in the early 19th century and the other came in the 1860’s.

    Thanks everyone for stopping by. If you’re really interested in your family history, don’t delay in starting your search. It does take a while chasing down little leads that will take you off on another trail with some good and maybe some not so good surprises. 🙂

  9. Barbara Thompson

    Great interview! Martha is a wonderful author. Would love to win. My Mother and I have been researching our family history. I recently found that my great-grandmother was a full-blood Choctaw Indian. It was so exciting and we plan on more researching. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the giveaway. Please enter my name in the giveaway.

  10. bonnie

    I am a descendant of the “fighting” MacGregor’s on my maternal grandmother’s side of the family & a descendant of the legendary “Blue Jacket” on my maternal grandfather’s side of the family.
    Love novels with a history lesson – enjoyed the interview & would love to read/win Martha’s book, thanks for the giveaway opportunity!


  11. Veronica S.

    I know a little about my family history. My grandpa came over when he was 3 with his father from Germany and they went through Ellis Island. I want to research a lot more though.

  12. Samantha

    Martha’s book looks great! I love learning about my family’s history. Several years ago, I had the opportunity to spend some time with my great-grandma’s brother before he passed away. He was the historian in the family and spent a great deal of time researching and gathering information that dated several hundred years back. He was a wonderful storyteller!

  13. Martha Rogers

    Thanks for stopping by everyone. It’s fun to hear about what you’ve learned from your family history. My husband’s grandmother was full blood Cherokee. His grandfather married her on the reservation and brought her to Arkansas. Both my maternal and paternal grandfathers are of German descent.


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