“A heartwarming story of opposites who are not so different where love is concerned.”
And for your reading pleasure, here's an interview with the heroine Abby.
1. Abby Bancroft, tell me the most interesting thing about you.
Wow. I never thought of myself as an interesting person. I’ve always just sort of functioned. But it I had to pick something I guess it would be my work experience. Let’s see, I’ve worked a lot of dead-end jobs, waitress, bank teller, pizza delivery girl, but the most interesting one was a lifeguard position in LA. Let me tell you though, it wasn’t as glamorous as they portray on TV. Most days I spent counting one-piece versus two-piece bathing suits and whistling at people with more brawn than brains.
2. What do you do for fun?
Fun? I don’t know the meaning of the word. We never had any money growing up and we moved around a bit so I never had a chance to make friends. My mom used to love to go on long car rides, but since I got motion sick a lot, that wasn’t a highlight for me. Now it’s all about work and renovating this place so I can open my Bed & Breakfast. I did go sledding with Cole, the man who’s helping me with the work. That was fun, but an isolated incident.
3. What do you put off doing because you dread it?
I don’t like to shop. Hate it in fact. But there’s so much to do and so many choices to make and things to buy for my new home and only some of it can be done on-line. I’m going to have to get out soon, though if I want to open on time.
4. What are you afraid of most in life?
That I’ll never find a place that will accept me. All I want is a home and place to settle down but I haven’t managed to find it yet. I’m hoping that inheriting this monstrosity my grandparents left me will be the answer.
5. What do you want out of life?
To get through it? I don’t know. You certainly ask deep questions. I guess I want to be happy. Fulfilled. Stay in one place and put down roots and raise a family if I ever find a husband who can accept me for who I am.
6. What is the most important thing to you?
After all the years of wandering around, I just want to settle in one place. Find a home, you know? Feel like I belong somewhere. I certainly hope Dynamite Creek is the answer.
7. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
Hmmm. Good question. If you’d asked me a few months ago, I’d say I’d need to work on being less defensive and more trusting. Today though, I say that I wished I’d found God sooner. I’m still finding my way, but with Him being in my life, it certainly has changed things.
8. Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?
I do. Mittens is a stray cat that has been scrounging around the neighborhood for years. I took him in because he’s not the only one looking for a home. Now that I have a house and a cat, what more do I need? It’s certainly not Cole. He’s a wanderer like I used to be. I do hope he finds what he’s looking for.
9. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and why?
I’d go back and ask my mother why she made the choices she made. I mean, I had a family, grandparents I never knew about. And I never got to meet them. I never knew they existed until I inherited the family home. I’d like to know about her life and find out the real reason why she ran away, and why she refused to come back.