Today, I’m pleased to feature fellow Astraea Press author, Susan Rush.
Susan has a psychology degree from Furman University and a Masters in Social Work for the University of South Carolina. Not in a million years did she think she would ever work with hospice. She jokes that God didn’t lead her to a career in hospice; He took her kicking and screaming the whole way. Ironically, she is now passionate about end-of-life care and has been in hospice for more than twenty years. She is honored to provide care and counseling for patients during the final chapters of their life story. Susan loves sharing about God’s redemptive grace and unfailing love. Her debut novel, Just Over the Horizon, chronicles the faith journey of a hospice nurse and is a heart-warming story that teaches us how to embrace life fully while never losing sight of our eternal home. Of course, there has to be some romance and suspense thrown in for fun! She presently serves as a hospice director in Columbia, SC where she lives with her adorable hubby and three phenomenal children. You can find her at SusanDRush.com.
Susan is sharing an excerpt from her debut novel, Just Over the Horizon:
Is it possible for a traveling hospice nurse to find romance in a small southern town? After all, she is only passing through and needs to focus on her job. A job that requires compassion and dedication. She can’t afford to have any distractions.
Since her grandmother’s death, Sarah has been alone. No family. No friends. No distractions. Just the way she likes it. Traveling from town to town is an adventure, meeting new people, exploring new places, but could her solitary life be growing lonely?
Much to her surprise, two vastly differing men compete for her attention in the small historic town of Camden, South Carolina. Nate, the adopted son of one of Sarah’s patients, is a true Southerner with a sarcastic wit and genuine warmth. On the other hand, Dr. Joseph Thornton is a caring oncologist who is known as the best catch in the state. Who could say no to his Hollywood smile and emerald eyes?
No distractions. This has been her goal as a hospice nurse. But distractions is exactly what she gets. Will she be tempted to put down roots in the small town?
It’s a good thing Sarah’s eccentric Nana left her a mysterious box. Nana’s gift provides the guidance and comfort Sarah desperately needs as she faces heart-wrenching trials. Not only does she have the stress of caring for the dying, she has to visit patients in the ghetto. What dangers await a beautiful young nurse making home visits at night?
Enduring sadness and trauma, Sarah’s childhood faith is shattered. She tries desperately to hold onto Nana’s godly legacy, but it is slipping away. When a bizarre stranger appears at her door with devastating news about Nana’s past, can her cherished box continue to provide answers and deepen her faith or will Sarah realize her life has been based on nothing but lies?