JOY AFTER NOON A SUGAR SANDS NOVEL BOOK 1 Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.
Joy marries a widowed bank executive caught in an ethical dilemma and misreads his obvious frustration while struggling to integrate into her new family. Inspired in part by Love, Come Softly, this novel explores the challenges of second marriages and dealing with step-children during the crucial years of puberty and teenage angst. A college professor coming up shortly for the huge tenure decision, Joy finds herself falling apart as her career and her home issues deteriorate and collide.
"I was instantly drawn into Joy’s story. A beautiful story full of inescapably good characters - you get so pulled into their world that you miss them just as soon as the book is closed. I love Debra’s take on this interesting family dynamic, one where Joy isn’t the first love of this man and must navigate the difficulties that come with step children who do not want her life to be easy. I don’t wish to give too much away but this realistic and well written novel is sure to become an instant favorite to all who read it"--Paige Boggs, Writer and Blogger
"Jeter’s characters and scenery are so vivid and real that I felt I was right there sharing all their hopes and fears. So looking forward to the next installment!" -Jana Little, Reader
"Sometimes the situation seems perfect, but underneath lie secrets and time bombs ready to explode. Joy After Noon is a story with depth, with characters who, in learning more about themselves and what they’re capable of, discover nuances of relationships that will change their lives." Laura Hogg, Author (A.K.A. Lara MacGregor)
"Debra Jeter does a beautiful job creating realistic characters whose lives intertwine in an honest and purposeful way. I found myself still thinking about their stories once the book ended. A novel best enjoyed beachside, pool side or fire side. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down." -Katy Owen, Reader
"Joy After Noon drew me in and I longed to see Joy make the right decisions and embrace God’s plan for her life. My heart ached along with hers as I followed her struggles. I found myself relating to many characters in the novel--cringing sometimes and laughing at others." -Tracy Wilbanks, Writer, Reader, Editor.
"I have been privileged to be the editor for this book. Jeter weaves a suspenseful plot while tugging at the heartstrings." -Linda Wood Rondeau, Author, A Father’s Prayer