Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Author Interview: Reclaiming Hope in Wishing Bridge by Ruth Logan Herne

Reclaiming Hope JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Reclaiming Hope in Wishing Bridge by Ruth Logan Herne, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Reclaiming Hope in Wishing Bridge Title: Reclaiming Hope in Wishing Bridge 
Series: Wishing Bridge #5 
Author: Ruth Logan Herne 
Publisher: Independently Published 
Release Date: October 22, 2022 
Genre: Women's Fiction with romantic elements (clean) 

She swore she'd never come back to Wishing Bridge. 

She needed nothing. No family. No links to a past that broke her heart. Heather Johnstone was successful in her own right, by her own actions. She'd built a pristine life and gave no one the right or opportunity to disrupt it, but then her father called... the one person who'd loved her. Who'd cared. 

And there was no other choice, it seemed. 

She'd go back and face a past that was now tragically changed and fairly unimportant, but that's the thing about growing up. You don't always know what's important until it's too late. 

Hank Reynolds had spent over a decade trying to inspire change. Change in a shrinking town adjacent to Wishing Bridge, and a school district that serviced several towns. Hank took his teaching and coaching seriously. Seriously enough to help no small number of kids find their way to success, but when a tragic flood takes a major toll on the little town of Hopewell, the aftermath stuns the surrounding communities with the loss of life and livelihood. Who can help? Who can help them re-establish the good old days in a place that had lost their grip on good a long time ago? 

Hank knows what the school needs the minute he sees Heather. Northeast Wyoming Central needs an administrator that puts kids first, all the time. Not just when it looks good for a photo op. And when his phone calls bring back more of their high school football teammates, Hank knows something else is happening... Coming back to Wishing Bridge isn't just good for the town and the schools... It's good for the prodigals. 

Because whoever said you can't go home again was wrong and Hank Reynolds intends to prove it, but when Heather's life takes a sudden turn, he realizes something else: sacrificial love means putting others first. Even if it's the person you love more than anyone else on the planet. 

Grab a cup of coffee, a Coke or a spot of tea and join the folks of Wishing Bridge, NY as they gather folks in to help, to love, to fix, to nurture... Welcome back to Wishing Bridge... where prayers and wishes mingle to make dreams come true.

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Ruth Logan Herne

Multi-published, award-winning and bestselling inspirational author Ruth Logan Herne has worked with multiple publishers and has published over seventy novels and novellas: Basically, Ruthy is living her dream of being a published author and having a great deal of fun doing it! With words to warm the heart and ease the soul, Ruthy takes her readers on the journeys of some unforgettable characters and situations, but in the spirit of being a true Pollyanna at heart, she loves a happy ending! She has a heart for women as overcomers and that spirit of faith and strength shines through every one of her stories. A mother of six with a seventh "daughter of her heart", Ruthy has fourteen grandkids, runs a busy big pumpkin farm with her husband Farmer Dave, and has an absolute love for God, Jesus, her family, country, dogs, chocolate and coffee....

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Q: What was the inspiration behind Reclaiming Hope in Wishing Bridge?

Ruth: Having read a very weak story about a big storm I realized that the reason it didn’t resonate with me was because no one perished… there was no human toll and that thinned the plotting and characters for me. There’s a dreadful learning curve that springs from loss and tasks left undone and the story left that out…. And over the past few years I could see Heather’s story developing in my head. And writing it gave me such wonderful satisfaction. That’s the joy of writing fiction: You can fix things!!!

Q: How long did it take you to write this story?

Ruth: I began this story several years ago but when I finally sat down to write it for Wishing Bridge, it was probably about four months. And I love the final product.

Q: Do you have a favorite quote from this book?

One of my favorite quotes from Reclaiming Hope in Wishing Bridge is this: Her sister’s home screamed ‘family’ in an echo of silence. (Heather Johnstone, Reclaiming Hope in Wishing Bridge)

Q: What do you hope readers take away from Reclaiming Hope in Wishing Bridge?

I want every reader to realize that they make a difference. I want them to feel empowered, I want them to see how intrinsically God’s timing weaves its way through our lives, allowing us the opportunities to be the best we can be… we just have to be open enough to see it.

Q: Would you share something about yourself that most readers would not know?

Ruth: You know there’s probably not much about me that readers don’t know! When you’re 70+ books in, there’s not too many secrets left, so how about this fun fact: I am dying to have time to write a fantasy/sci-fi type book and I haven’t been able to fit it into the schedule yet! I loved Ray Bradbury growing up, I love Star Wars and Star Trek and I was born to take down futuristic colonies with the might of God! 😊 So we’ll see about that!!!

Q: What are you reading now?

Ruth: Oh, that’s a funny question… If I have time to read, I write…. Life on a pumpkin farm saps hours a day, even when we’re closed, but I don’t mind that. So reading now is nothing… And I have authors that scold about how authors should be well-read and be devouring things in and out of their genre…. So I’ll read mid-winter… but I’d rather write. And that’s the absolute truth.

Q: How many bookcases are in your home?

Ruth: There are three bookcases in the house. This time of year they’re probably pretty much covered with farm stuff and/or laundry, and/or stuff that no one knew where it belonged. We’ll uncover the possibility of lurking books in a few weeks, LOL!

Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Ruth: Hmm… when I’m not writing I’m usually doing some amazingly necessary house project! #truth My house is 168 years old, when I fix one thing, I break two others so it’s a mission, LOL!


(1) winner will receive a lovely book bundle from Ruthy including several books, chocolate, and a $20 Amazon Gift Card... cozy just got a little bit better.

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight November 14, 2022 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on November 21, 2022. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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  1. I enjoyed the interesting interview, especially the author's humor.

  2. thank you so much for posting - great interview!

  3. I enjoyed reading the interview and getting to know a bit about you, Ruth, and Reclaiming Hope in Wishing Bridge sounds like my kind of book!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have an amazing weekend!

  4. This sounds like a really interesting story! I can't wait to read it--thank you for sharing it.

  5. I enjoyed the interview, thanks for sharing this post