In A Mile Apart, Sarah Jae Foster offers an inspirational romance about the power of love in a novel that is primarily geared toward Christian readers, but not necessarily of interest exclusively to that audience. It’s a story of second chances and the value of redemption, and it’s a strong historical romance.
Eden Montgomery is a widow who runs the store that serves a Gold Rush era mining camp. She’s depicted as bitter and angry, having lost her husband in a mining accident. Joseph Benton is the miner who becomes an unwilling parent when his son, Christopher, shows up to announce that Joseph’s wife and daughter have died, leaving Christopher in his custody.
Eden and Joseph must overcome the past to develop a future together—and that includes dealing with the issues of greed and avarice surrounding (and in at least one case, invading) the mining community. The upstanding shopkeeper and the less-than-perfect miner do indeed begin the story at least a mile apart from one another in almost every way. The social disparity makes for a nice contrast, and Foster’s attention to emotional repercussions of investing oneself in the hope of riches is particularly interesting, attached as it is in this book to the historical vagaries of the Gold Rush. Those historical details make for a richly complex background to a book that offers an ultimately satisfying romance.
About the Author
At the age of 12, Sarah Jae Foster found a series by Janette Oke, the well-known and beloved Love Comes Softly series. For the next several years, Sarah Jae unintentionally committed herself to reading historical works written by Christian authors. Having consumed everything possible within the inspirational market, Sarah Jae had to move on to other works and has fallen for fiction from all types of authors.
In keeping with a balance, Sarah Jae has a desire to portray a raw brand of inspirational stories. While she believes there is a purpose for guidelines of inspirational works, she also believes in portraying the reality of life, as it is today. Sarah Jae is a Christian, a wife, and a mother, wholeheartedly yet imperfectly, loving God since she was a child. She wants to share stories about characters with faith who mess up big time due to the seductions in society. In doing so, she’s willing to take a risk and be on the cutting edge of writing for the inspirational market, sharing what’s in her heart and in the world today.