Goodnight, Linda, Lone Star Dad, (Richmond, Surrey: Harlequin (UK) Limited, 2016).
Title: Lone Star Dad
Author: Linda Goodnight
Imprint: Love Inspired
Issues: Addiction; Chronic Pain Management; Drugs;
The Secret Next Door
Nurse Gena Satterfield knew raising her rebellious nephew, Derrick, would be tough, but moving to Gabriel’s Crossing was supposed to help ease the transition into their new reality. That was before she realized her new neighbor was Quinn Buchanon—her teenage crush, the town’s onetime star quarterback…and Derrick’s father. Her sister’s dying wish was that Gena keep this secret. Yet watching Quinn connect with the boy and penetrate his angry walls, Gena begins to see him in a whole new light. Now, torn between the truth and the promise she made, Gena has to follow her heart. And hope they can all heal together…as a family.
Some years ago, a minister of my acquaintance required post-op pain medication, a perfectly legitimate use of strong narcotics. Unfortunately, after a time, this man became addicted to the pills. When he could no longer get the pills, he began to use illegal drugs to ease his pain and feed the addiction that had taken hold of him. He lost his ministry, his family and eventually his life. No one who knew him could believe this had happened to such a good, God-fearing man. But it did.
With Quinn Buchanon’s story, I wanted to address this real issue that is sometimes considered taboo in Christian circles. The truth, of course, is that Christians are humans subject to the same fragilities as everyone else. Our victory is that we have a means of escape, a Savior if we reach out to Him and ask for help.
I hope you’ve enjoyed Lone Star Dad, and if you or someone you love struggles with a drug problem, please reach out. Hope in Jesus is waiting.