A few readers have asked for more stories about the pastors’ wives in the First Ladies Club of Bannoch, Oregon, so my new work will be the fourth book in that popular series.
This book focuses on a new member of the club, Hope Masterson. Hope, in her mid-thirties, was introduced to my readers in the first of the Tillamook Tillie series, Mrs. Thistlethwaite and the Magpie. She played an important role in the second book, as well, while teaching a senior citizen’s self-defense class in Mrs. Thistlethwaite and the Whippersnapper. In the most recent Tillamook Tillie mystery, Mrs Thistlethwaite and a Shadow of Doubt, Hope shares her excitement when telling Tillie about her engagement to Gideon Hopkins, a pastor in Bannoch (also introduced in “Whippersnapper”).
My new book begins a few months after the wedding and highlights Hope’s struggles to become what she considers to be a “proper pastor’s wife.” As an independent-minded ex-Marine, Hope fails to see how she will fit in as the First Lady of Mt. Zion Tabernacle, a one-time AME church which has only recently become a non-denominational community church. She faces adjustments to her new life, as well as peril when she runs afoul of local drug dealers.
I’m still considering what to call the book, but the current working title is Finding Hope. I welcome your thoughts and suggestions.