Mysterious Ways by BJ Robinson

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This is one of my first novels developed from a short story I wrote many years ago while still in college. If you’re looking for a Christmas romantic suspense story, you should enjoy this one. It was one my mother got to hear read to her before she passed, but she didn’t live to see it published. She loved the story so much she had my youngest sister read it to her over and over because she could no longer see to read. With the holidays, I miss both my mother and sister since they now live in heaven and spend their Christmases with Jesus. These two women were my greatest encouragers during that early writing time in my life. I could share my heart with them, my passion for writing and Jesus, and my hopes and dreams. Mom would be glad to know that the book has been published more than once and so has the short story from which I developed it.

An April flood, accidents, escaped convicts, Andy missing in a Louisiana swamp. Can love survive the obstacle course placed in their path? Can June and Andy overcome each trial with belief, faith, hard work and the power of prayer?

Prayer versus southern superstitions when a woman’s husband mysteriously disappears in the swamp on a deer-hunting trip. Readers are kept in suspense, as the author spins a tale of love, loss, superstition, pain, heartache, and faith in God. Reviewer Kathy Boswell says, “Very good! She never gives up hope that Andy will return to her someday. She puts it all in God’s hands like she’s done every crisis in her life. She knows He will take care of this for her.” God and the power of prayer versus southern superstitions. Through belief, faith, hard work, the power of prayer, and God’s help, this powerful, moving story is a thought-provoking Christian romantic suspense about a young couple who fall in love, but have to change her mother’s mind in more ways than one, if their relationship is to survive. Can Andy convince June

there’s more to their relationship than friends? Will he win the approval of Mrs. Myrtle, her mother, and can love survive strawberry season and an April flood? Will June be able to give Andy a child?

Favorite sentences: It was faith in God that would bring her husband home. Even a lucky penny or dime declared, “In God we trust.”

Mysterious Ways, a full-length romantic suspense novel, was developed from her first-prize-winning short story in Southeastern Louisiana University’s 1987 fiction-writing competition. The short story was published in the university’s literary magazine, Gambit, in 1988 and later published as a serial in local newspapers as well as online magazines. In the summer of 2004, her prize-winning short story was published once again in Pebble Lake Review. Mysterious Ways was previously published as Southern Superstitions.

Mysterious Ways

Prologue to Mysterious Ways


No word of Andy made the cold Christmas Day stab like an ice pick. The search party disbanded at nightfall on Christmas Eve and picked up the search again at daybreak, but they found no sign of the deer hunter, his father, Andy.

Rod joined them. He guided a canoe deep into the marshes and swamp, where his dad went into the wetlands. He’d deer hunted with him many times, so he knew where to check.

He slid the canoe through a wall of cypress trees, deeper and deeper into the heart of the swamp. He figured his father headed for the hills. White cranes flew from the cypress limbs. The canoe hit a cypress knee, and Rod gently eased it around a few more. The way they stuck out of the shallow water like protruding nubs, they reminded him of his grandmother’s warning finger wagging in his face. They could tear a hole in the bottom of a boat. Thank God my canoe survived the lick. Maybe that’s what happened to Dad.

Finally, after twelve hours of searching, Rod spotted his dad’s pirogue on one side of the hills, where they’d hunted the previous year. He tied his canoe to a tree limb. “Dad?” He raced to the dome tent and unzipped the door. “Dad?” The tent looked as if his dad made camp, but never got to use it. The sleeping bag was still rolled up in a corner. The butt of his dad’s 30-30 stuck out from under a blanket. The supplies were still there. Outside, there was no sign of a campfire. It looked as though he never got to hunt. There was no sign of him. Where was he?

They searched until dusk. Rod dreaded giving his mother the disappointing news. She’d worry even more, because the boat was in perfect condition and so was the tent. No leaking pirogue kept him from coming home. The campsite looked peaceful and serene, as though nothing invaded it, but still there was no sign of his father. Mom’s on pins and needles, yet she clings to her faith and trust in God. I hear her faithfully pray for Dad’s safe return every day. Maybe she won’t fall apart when she hears the news.

Note from Author: I love reading, writing, and reviewing books. If I’m not doing one, I’m doing the other. Journey with me and let me transport you to other worlds. Take vacations with me. Let’s go places through the pages of a book you may never get to in real life. That is what I did for years as a child when my family couldn’t afford to take vacations. I dreamed of worlds I’d probably never see and read about them, and I still do that today. Reading takes you places and let’s you live other

lives. I love losing myself in the characters in novels, and I love creating my own storybook worlds for others to enjoy. It is my desire to entertain with clean romance novels, so you won’t find cussing and bad words in my books. I feel you can write a worthy story without them and there are ways to display rage or anger on a page without using them. I promise to take you places – to other worlds through the pages of a good book. Enjoy. May you and yours have a blessed, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

B. J. RobinsonBio: B. J. Robinson loves reading and writing, family, and pets. She’s authored over twenty books, available for the Amazon Kindle and previously had four paperbacks with a small independent publisher. BJ loves writing in various genres to provide choice for her readers. Her latest work is a Civil War novel readers are saying is her best yet, Siege of Azalea Plantation. It makes the fourth Civil War historical romance she’s authored. You will also find inspirational, contemporary, short stories, and novellas available as well as Christmas titles. Another romantic suspense is Christmas in the Smokies. Check out her Amazon Author page for a larger selection.


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