A Brand New Life – Or Is It?

Brody Jacobson unlocked the dusty wooden doorknob and kicked his new house’s front door open. Dust greeted him, along with stuffiness.
    Thad had told him that he’d left all the furniture, so white sheets covered everything. At least both the electricity and the plumbing worked. He’d called ahead the day before.
    He glanced down at Brooks, who was panting happily. At least he was content with the new home concept.
    He had a good ten acres. Several pine trees surrounded the entire house, connected one stall garage, and shed.
    Brody removed his iPod’s earplugs. “Well, this is home now, old boy. Better get to work.”
    So that’s what Brody the very next day after sleeping on a musty, blanket-covered couch. He cleaned, swept, mopped, and rearranged furniture. Then, after bringing in most of his boxes from the truck, Brody flipped on the television in his new living room with a glass of iced tea, and relaxed.
    But as he did, he winced as if he was in pain, remembering full well of why he had really left Ohio. And why he was never going back.

It certainly gives you a creepy feeling, doesn’t it? This man is yearning to discover a brand new life – a new turn for the new, and little does he know what God really has planned for him.

What if, you may be thinking, he doesn’t find what he’s looking for? What exactly will he find in this Maine small town?

The answer is: a timid lighthouse owner lady named Cale.

Now Cale has had her own troubles. Years before, she’d run to this tiny Maine town to escape the trouble of her ex-boyfriend, who was beating her until sometimes she ended up in the hospital.

Abuse is a terrible thing. Abuse haunts you every day of your life. As a victim of short-term abuse in my childhood that was mainly emotional and verbal, but also sometimes physical, I understand why it’s hard for people to let go of abuse in their lives. Their significant other may apologize sincerely with roses and what appears to be true love, but is it really – when he one day raises his fist and starts the so-called “game” again? When children end up being involved? When you wound up in the hospital, inches from death?

That’s what this woman Cale had to live with every day. When she’d broken up with her boyfriend, he’d gotten angry – so angry that it shocked her and scared her – and soon he was dragging her out by her hair or feet, kicking her or punching her and demanding why she refused to stay with him. (Well, isn’t it obvious, dude?)

I think it’s amazing how God places wonderful people in your life to teach you life lessons and show you what true love is, even if it’s only friends and family. Rely on each other and forget about the past, cling to God and His Word, and you will find amazing surprises. 🙂

Cale was terrified to trust Brody as their relationship gradually thickened in my novella “At Port Clyde.” But in the end, when her ex-boyfriend found her, Brody saved the day and ultimately showed her what true love REALLY was – the kind that touches your soul, not batters it, and loves it deeply for eternity.

And that, my friends, is a true and wonderful happy ending. 🙂

I hope to be blogging again in the next couple weeks – I have a major knitting project to complete! 🙂 Wish me luck, everyone. And also: please check out my website by clicking here. 🙂

Until we meet again, have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday, everyone! 🙂

JMK~ 🙂