Today I welcome Margie Church, fellow Tirgearr author of the intensely emotional The Poet’s Wife, a tale that struck me as considerably relevant. One of my brothers is currently serving in Afghanistan and much of my anxiety and struggle for courage has greatly impacted me while approaching this novel. I haven’t read it yet, but I will. And I already know I’m will become deeply engrossed in it.
Here’s Margie to set up this novel in her own words.
The Poet’s Wife is a very emotional story about a married couple whose lives are torn apart by the war in Afghanistan. If you’ve ever lost someone tragically, you understand that deep sense of disappointment that accompanies the loss. The word, why, echoes in your brain and there never are any answers. Sounds like I know what I’m talking about, right? I do. My father committed suicide. I will be honest and say that I saw his ghost once and it scared me into hysterics. That was 25 years ago.
So, I had a story about intense feelings of loss, betrayal, and longing swirling around my head. My sister’s husband was serving a year in Afghanistan and J. Andrew Lockhart, the poet, and I became friends. Everything clicked and the story of Lily’s new life started unwinding in my brain.
I chose Andrew’s original haiku as Gabe’s peaceful, meaningful way to communicate with Lily. Gabe is a character of great contrasts. Even in death he exhibits many human traits. Sometimes we must take that leap of faith and trust our hearts, not just our brains. It’s a very powerful story, and I cry every time I read the book. Yet, there’s great hope and healing in Lily’s journey, too. There’s also a bit of native American mysticism in the story as Lake Nopeming is featured. Nopeming is Ojibwe for place of rest.
The Poet’s Wife by Margie Church with J. Andrew Lockhart
Lily Holliway’s life is shattered when her husband, Gabe, is killed in Afghanistan. A new job and dear friends aren’t enough to ease her yearnings for the love she clings to.
Gabe feels her grief so strongly that his spirit cannot leave the confines of this world. He can’t rest in peace until he’s sure Lily is going to be okay. In desperation, he reaches out to her using his special gift.
Finding the mysterious haiku makes Lily question her grip on reality. When she sees Gabe face-to-face, can she believe her eyes?
Lily must trust the only man she’s ever loved to help her begin again.
Contest: I hope you’re intrigued enough to read this amazing book. One commenter will win a copy of The Poet’s Wife by telling me about their close encounter of the paranormal kind.
Thanks for joining me today Margie, and good luck with your book!