Hi Readers, I’m Vicki Huffman, and I’ve been with Mentoring Moments since the early days. My main job is to edit the pieces sent in by our writers. I also write some articles, such as “Golden Rule Days” posted earlier this week, and I serve on the board.
I have been married to Richard since shortly after the earth’s crust cooled. That union has produced two grown and married children and the seven grandchildren they’ve given us. Right now the only two children at home have fur and eat Alpo. We live on the outskirts of Nashville beside a lake where we enjoy watching does and fawns graze and flocks of geese strut (and do other things that fertilize the lawn).
When I was a full-time editor, I worked for companies such as Thomas Nelson and Cook Communications. I also wrote two nonfiction Christian books which are now out of print (The Best of Times, Broadman Press, and Plus Living, Harold Shaw Publishers). In the last few years, I’ve edited a number of novels. I had always planned to write a novel and, after fixing the work of other novelists, I decided to try my hand at it.
So now—only three years and a LOT of work later–my new Christian novel, A Secret Hope, is “live.” It was published by WestBow Press, a division of Thomas Nelson, and is available online at Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble (bn.com) or can be ordered through bookstores. The book comes in paperback, hardback, and an electronic book version.
Because women wisely like to know what we’re buying, we have arranged for you to be able to read the entire first chapter free in the Mentoring Moments gift shop here. If you like what you read, I hope you’ll order A Secret Hope using the bookseller links provided and that you’ll copy and pass the link to the free preview on to your friends and family. Word of mouth is still the best advertising. (Word of e-mail just makes it more efficient.) Also, please encourage your church library and local library to stock a copy.
What is unique about A Secret Hope by Vicki Huffman?
A lot of books about women don’t portray strong characters. Maybe that’s why we like the ones that do. Women know how strong we often have to be, and we don’t appreciate weak, simpering female characters, even in our fiction. Rachel, Becca, and Marina, the contemporary women in A Secret Hope, belong to three different generations, but they are each strong in their own ways. They don’t always act wisely, but they are willing to learn from their mistakes. Through the lives of the characters, the book touches on many subjects from a Christian worldview but without preaching. Adoption, motherhood, death, grief, crime, cancer, forgiveness and love all play a part in the way the lives of these women are shaped–and in the way they shape each other’s lives.
Where did the title come from?
“Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; a mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” (Washington Irving 1783-1859)
A Secret Hope explores in fictional form relationships between women–the mother-daughter relationship especially.
What are readers saying about A Secret Hope?
“How wonderful when a story can reach down and touch the deepest parts of your heart and soul. This book has it all…action, emotion, beautiful scenery…you feel like you’re there. Similar writing style of Charles Martin and Richard Paul Evans. Loved it!”
“Beautifully written and has a story line that is difficult to lay aside…alive with suspense and dialogue… [a] truly inspiring tale of love, forgiveness and hope!”