Leaving Lennhurst by Julia David – Book Series Spotlight, Guest Post

Posted July 31, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Book Spotlight, Guest Post /

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I’m happy to have author Julia David share some background about her Leaving Lennhurst  series. The latest book of this series has recently been released. I have a copy of it and am looking forward to reading it, even more so after reading what she has shared here.

I just learned that the first book in this series, Love Covers, is a finalist in the Las Vegas RWA, I Heart Indie Contest. Wow!

Following her post is information on the three books of Leaving Lennhurst. Enjoy!


Leaving Lennhurst

by Julia David

Most authors enjoy a certain amount of research before they propel their characters into fictitious living breathing folk. Yes, I caught the oxymoron. For my romantic series Leaving Lennhurst, I had to place my characters as children in an insane asylum sometime in the early 1800s. Now that is some not-fun research. Every 100-year-old plus institution I tried to research has been turned into some freak show where people pay to go inside and hear creepy noises. Halloween being their high season. And the old records and diagnosis were almost as bad. It’s a fact that in one institution (the 1800’s) women where admitted by their husbands for their ‘monthly mood swings.’ Yikes. 

If you want to hear a great story on a true reformer in those days, google Nellie Bly. She faked a mental illness to expose the poor treatment of patients in the 1880’s. Wow, that’s some braveness!

My own experience may run in my DNA. I have an older brother who was diagnosed “legally retarded.” That was 50 years ago. Today he is a street person living two states away. He’s been helped in various ways but chooses that culture over the offers to live inside. Like many of you, I know the experience of wanting to help someone who doesn’t want to change or be found.

But all these children in my Lennhurst stories living life and love out as adults stem from my 15 years housing foster kids. At the time when I was in my 30’s, I had the energy to balance my kids and a few extras. Now it’s really cool to see them all grown on Facebook or about town, productively doing life. Some I’ve lost track of and often remember to pray for them. Maybe my Leaving Lennhurst characters is a way to pay homage to those kids who I pray I helped in some way and release a brother, that I feel helpless over.

I wish I could put my thumb anywhere near why some people with the worst of circumstances rise above it all. And others, the weights just crushes them. I know the Bible talks about various trials, and tribulations can actually be a good thing. They can build things like perseverance, character, and hope. Just like using weights for resistance can build new muscle. Ugg- thinking of working out just makes me want to make a chocolate milkshake. Hey, hand scooping ice cream works my flabby arms, I’m sure of it.

The most important takeaway from my series and my years as a foster parent is that every little love deed done is important; especially in a child’s life. We all have the free-will to write out our own narrative. I would hope all of us would see the page of our God-given value. Not just the missionaries or that leader out front. Every hug, every encouragement, every time you clean the bathroom, it makes life better.

So, cheers to you and all you touch for making life sweeter! (the whipped cream spilled a bit over the side- no worries- I’ve got it).

Hope, Love, and Redemption in Jesus Name!

Julia

Leaving Lennhurst by Julia David – Book Series Spotlight, Guest Post

Love Covers: Elias
by Julia David

Series: Leaving Lennhurst #1
Publication Date July 21, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Written for: Adults
Pages: 275

Synopsis:

Strangers hiding their life-long secrets. Pretending to be married can’t be that hard.

Leaving Lennhurst Asylum 1: Elias Browne

The town of Greenlock shuns the daughter of the mortician. How deplorable, that Lauren has to take over the duties that are her father’s. Day after day the work creates loneliness in her tender heart that spurs despondence. Then a voice speaks from the morgue basement. A rough and tumble outlaw who's supposed to be dead is still alive! For some unfathomable reason, Lauren agrees to help him stay dead. Elias had escaped from Lennhurst Asylum, where he was born and raised. Since he had no family or future, he was taken from his prison sentence, enlisted in the recent Civil War and trained to wield explosives to further the cause. From running and surviving all his life, all Elias could ever promise anyone was loyalty. Love was out of the question. When Lauren mentions her longing to see her mother and sister in Colorado, for loyalty’s sake, he offers to take her on the arduous wagon train journey. Of course, it wouldn't be proper not to be married while traveling together. Therefore, Lauren and Elias, so vastly opposite, agree to pretend to be married during the months of difficult travel. Loyalty versus love. Can these two find truth and acceptance in their hearts? Can love cover a multitude of sin? Love Covers is a gratifying love story of lives changed, and of healing and restoration while on a dusty trail west.

Also in this series: Love Protects: Anna

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Leaving Lennhurst by Julia David – Book Series Spotlight, Guest Post

Love Flies: Patience
by Julia David

Series: Leaving Lennhurst #2
Publication Date November 19, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Written for: Adults
Pages: 267

Synopsis:

In his calculations, handsome Reed Chapman certainly didn’t factor an unstable young woman from Lennhurst Asylum inhabiting his beloved land.

In 1867, bitter from the civil war, lawyer Reed Chapman is easily distracted, yet determined to have his land back. How did his simple plan to restore his family’s inheritance leave him driving away from Lennhurst Asylum, elbow to elbow with a beautiful patient in his charge? An unstable, madcap young woman who believes she is the heir to his land.

Patience Stevens spins with the adventure of leaving Lennhurst to find her childhood trees, lake and land. Confident to face the dark unknowns that took place there, she dreams of gardens and woodland homes for all her winged friends. Fortifying herself to face the horrors one by one, the revelations of her past collides with a new struggle in the form of handsome Reed Chapman. He seems overly concerned with her wellbeing and suddenly her heart is taken with his attention. Can a gullible young woman from an insane asylum trust the ways of the heart? Is his declaration for her hand in marriage hasty or genuine? Her simple list of dreams seems so close she can almost touch them.

Is Reed Chapman to be her tender, passionate husband or her adversary? Can her child-like faith and hope survive this haunted wilderness without him?

Also in this series: Love Protects: Anna

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Leaving Lennhurst by Julia David – Book Series Spotlight, Guest Post

Love Protects: Anna
by Julia David

Series: Leaving Lennhurst #3
Publication Date June 7, 2019
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Written for: Adults
Pages: 250

Synopsis:

From a desperate yet useful childhood at the Lennhurst Asylum and School for Disabled Children, Anna is married off to a plantation baron, a man old enough to be her father. When he collapses on the frozen pond and drowns, could it be the freedom she’s never known? With barely a day of peace as a young widow, her cold-hearted step sons throw her from their father’s home. William Gibbs thinks he knows desperation. With the death of their mother, he is left to raise his four younger siblings in their one-room cabin. One deemed a lunatic, who runs from home, he can’t find a moment to keep her safe and work their small tobacco farm. Without the crop, they’ll all be destitute. On a dark rainy night searching for his missing sister, Will turns to the local reverend for help. Their simple solution is to marry off the woman who has been sheltering in their church. A woman who reports she's worked with the insane. "A wife will cost you nothing.” The reverend’s wife points out. Will agrees to take Anna as his wife. Unbeknownst to Will, she wasn’t a paid nurse, but a previous patient at Lennhurst Asylum. Has his desperation and crowded cabin just gotten worse? Just as the new family finds care and acceptance for one another, Anna is arrested for the murder of her first husband. Moved with his ever growing feelings for his new wife, Will vows to protect her from the ludicrous charges. But what about the baby nursing at her breast? It's not Anna's first husbands or Will's baby. And she did not give birth. What kind of hoax is it? Should her past and the innocent babe in her arms doom her to life behind bars? Can Will protect her in time?

Also in this series: Love Protects: Anna

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About Julia David

Julia David is an avid journal writer, published romance author, serial DIY’er and certified life coach. Addicted to Hallmark movies and baking, she believes it’s crucial to have some predictable things in life. Her tag line ‘escape to an era where true love prevails’ was from her own reason for reading stacks of books.
Married and mother to five, she also ministers to pregnant and parenting teens.

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One response to “Leaving Lennhurst by Julia David – Book Series Spotlight, Guest Post

  1. Alicia Haney

    Wow, what awesome books! This series sounds very intriguing and like very easy page turners, they sound like books that are very hard to put down!! I will be adding them to my TBR list. Thank you so much. God Bless you.

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