This character spotlight is on the heroine from The Little Things by M. Jean Pike.
|Tell us your name and a little bit about yourself
Rochelle Delany here. People around town would tell you that I’m pretty, complicated, and successful. I don’t know if all that’s true. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in life, but I found the grace to overcome them. The best I can say for myself is that I once was lost, but now, in every sense of the word, I am found.
|Where do you live, and why do you choose to live there?
I live in Redford’s Crossing, Ohio and there is no place else I’d rather be. As a teenager I couldn’t wait to leave. I wanted more out of life than football games and potluck suppers, so I ran off to California, where I was virtually a prisoner for nine years. When I finally made it back home to this small town in the Appalachian foothills, I discovered that everything I ever wanted was right here all along.
|What is a quirk of your personality that people don’t know?
I look really polished on the outside, but the truth is I love to get my hands dirty. When I’m up to my elbows in cookie dough, or pulling weeds in the garden, or digging up nightcrawlers with Jace, those are the times I’m happiest. I’ve even learned to bait my own fishhook!
|Who chronicled your story, and why do you think he/she picked you?
It was Jean Pike that wrote our story. Why she chose us is anybody’s guess but it seemed like once she got to know me and Sandy, she was obsessed with us. She wanted to know every little thing about our childhoods, who our friends were, what our families were like. I’ve had an interesting life and me and Sandy have a pretty special story. Maybe that was it.
|What obstacles did you overcome in order to reach your happily-ever-after?
Oh goodness, where do I start? The biggest obstacle was learning to trust again. God. Sandy. Myself. Trusting God was the easy part, especially after I experienced my very own miracle! But early on there was a misunderstanding that made Sandy look guilty as sin. Things are not always what they seem and the more I got to know him, the more I learned what an amazing man he is. On top of all that, I was stalked by a madman, kidnapped, and nearly killed. But other than that, it was smooth sailing, lol.
|Tell us about your special romantic interest. What makes them so special?
There aren’t enough words to describe what makes Sandy special. First off, he’s drop dead gorgeous, but he doesn’t seem to know that. He’s strong as an ox, but so gentle with his son, Jace. He’s built a thriving contracting business because his work is first rate, but he’s humble enough to admit when he’s wrong. He loves God and his family, and he’d risk his life to protect us. In my book there’s nothing more special than that.
|The first time you saw your special person, what did you think? Was it love at first sight or did they have to grow on you?
It was love at second sight. I knew Sandy in high school, but I didn’t give him the time of day. I had no idea he was in love with me. It wasn’t until I returned home after years away that I saw how amazing he was. He did some things that made me mad, but I loved him from the first moment I saw him again. I just didn’t know it.
|What is the spiritual takeaway for your reader?
You’ve never run farther than God’s grace can reach you.
|Is there anything edgy/possibly controversial in your book?
Rochelle’s captor is a cruel and abusive man. This was portrayed realistically in order for readers to understand Rochelle’s despair.
The Little Thingsby M. Jean Pike
Release Date 2023-07-14
Genres: Fiction / Christian / Contemporary, Fiction / Christian / Romance / General
A decade ago, Rochelle Delany made a decision that changed her life forever.
Wanting more than just football games and potluck suppers, she boarded a bus for California and didn't look back. But instead of a glamorous life, she became trapped in a nightmare of labor trafficking. Now, she's made a daring escape and returns home to Ohio.
Sandy Fairbrother has a problem with trust.
Twice betrayed, he now puts his faith only in God. He' s a single dad doing his best to grow his construction business and raise his young son. But haunted by an impulsive kiss Rochelle gave him fifteen years ago, her unexpected return has him rethinking things. He' s been given a second chance to win her heart. And this time, he plans to succeed.
Rochelle barely remembers Sandy, but she's drawn to his goodness. But just when she thinks she's found peace, her past catches up with her, and she finds herself in danger of losing the only safe haven she' s ever known.