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Finding Heaven

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"A riveting, true-to-life tale of love's power to heal and redeem." -  Melissa Keaster, author of Eleora

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"One of the most beautifully written books I have read." - Kristin Dyck, editor

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"A moving and beautiful story of accepting who you are, overcoming the past, and embracing the future." - Kamber Ferriss, reader

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What do you do when you realize that everything you are is a lie?

Sarah Daniels seems to have the perfect life—a successful career as an erotica author, a successful lawyer husband, thousands of adoring fans, and the freedom to do whatever she wants. Or does she?

Behind the façade, her marriage is in a shambles, she hates what she writes and the people who read it, and she feels trapped behind the masks of her own making. A cancer diagnosis has just dealt the final blow to the shaky foundations of her life.

A chance encounter with Steve McGuire—a man who gave up the rat race to help Mumbai's prostitutes, and who finds joy in every little thing—makes her question her priorities and wonder if it's time for a change. His example and friendship inspires her to start a journey to find God, healing, and her authentic self.

Can Sarah rediscover her passion for life with a death sentence hanging over her head? Can she conquer her personal demons and break free from her abusive past so that she can truly live?

Will Sarah ever know what real love is?

Finding Heaven is a gritty inspirational novel about healing from the hurts of abuse.

Content warning: Contains violence, intense scenes relating to sexual abuse, and themes not appropriate for young readers.

Where to Buy

Finding Heaven is now available! Newsletter subscribers get the first three chapters for free (see below).

Release date: November 14, 2017
Publisher: My Secret Wish Publishing
ISBN (hardcover): 978-0-9947364-4-4
ISBN (paperback): 978-0-9947364-2-0
ISBN (ebook): 978-0-9947364-3-7
Genre: Gritty Women's Fiction, Romantic Suspense, Domestic Noir

. . . or order through your favourite book seller. Available worldwide. (Retailers: Distributed by Ingram.)

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Sneak Peeks:

Sneak Peek 1: Introducing Sarah

Sneak Peek 2: Introducing Steve

Sneak Peek 3: Why This Book?

About the Author

Talena Winters inspires with words, yarn, and food. Addicted to tea, chocolate, books, knitting, and silver linings. She is the author of The Friday Night Date Dress, has written several award-winning songs, and is a regular contributor to Move Up magazine. She currently resides on an acreage in the Peace Country of northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, three surviving boys, a Golden Retriever named Sunshine, and an assortment of farm cats and chickens. She would love to be a mermaid when she grows up.

Are you struggling with the wounds of abuse? If so, you may want to check out my Resources page for information that may help with healing. Please know that I am praying for you and want you to know that healing is possible.

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If Finding Heaven had a soundtrack...

Play this list here:

Songs in this List:

  1. Never Beyond Repair - Everfound

  2. Kings & Queens - Audio Adrenaline

  3. This is Your Life - Switchfoot

  4. Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) - Chris Tomlin

  5. Hello, My Name Is - Matthew West

  6. Need You Now (How Many Times) - Plumb

  7. Chain Breaker - Zach Williams

  8. You Are Good (That I May) - Tim Timmons

  9. He Is With Us - Love & The Outcome

  10. Just Be Held - Casting Crowns

  11. Trust In You - Lauren Daigle

  12. Come As You Are - Crowder

  13. Hold My Hand - Jess Glynne

  14. No Longer Slaves (Radio Version) - Bethel Music

  15. Let Myself Try - Jasmine Thompson

  16. You Make Me Brave (Studio Version) - Bethel Music

  17. Priceless - For King & Country

  18. Beautiful Things - Gungor

  19. Count On Me - Bruno Mars

  20. Right Beside Me - Midnight Lights

  21. My Story - Big Daddy Weave

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