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Author Spotlight: Rebecca Crowley Talks Rosh Hashanah and Her New Novel

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I’m delighted to welcome fellow Tule Publishing author, Rebecca Crowley, to the Spotlight today. Rebecca writes contemporary romance about good people doing their best, and never tires of the happily-ever-after. Having pulled up her Kansas roots to live in New York City, London, and Johannesburg, Rebecca currently resides in Houston. Her new book Coming Home to You is the third book in her Orchard Hill series.

Take it away, Rebecca…

Happy New Year! No, you didn’t oversleep until January – it’s Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which begins at sundown this Sunday.

Rosh Hashanah is a special time of year that’s both celebratory and reflective. Jewish people feast and rejoice, dipping bread and apples in honey so we’ll have a sweet year ahead. We also think about the year just ended, what we’re proud of, and what we’re happy to leave behind.

This period of forgiveness and second chances offers the ideal setting for former high-school sweethearts Mabel Antonoff and Sam Strauss to reunite in Coming Home to You. They never expected to see each other again, but when midwife Mabel jumps in to assist a woman giving birth in a hardware store, Sam is a useful pair of hands – and the new baby is a welcome distraction from wringing his neck.

Sam has never really gotten over the girl he broke up with for reasons he could never tell her, and although she tries to convince herself otherwise, Mabel has never fully moved on from him, either. As footage from their heroic intervention in the birth goes viral, they find themselves the subjects of very public romantic speculation. Embers begin to glow behind the scenes, too, but can they move on from the past and start over?

Coming Home to You is a second-chance romance for this grumpy + sunshine pairing, and I hope readers will get into the Rosh Hashanah spirit right along with them!

Giveaway: For a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card, in the comments below, tell Rebecca your favorite Autumn tradition. We’ll randomly draw a name on Saturday morning. So, what do you love about autumn? 

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Coming Home to You

Midwife Mabel Antonoff is used to catching babies at short notice—just not in a busy hardware store, and definitely not alongside her high school ex. She could’ve happily gone another decade without seeing Sam Strauss, but she needs a pair of hands, and his are steady. As the ambulance leaves and the local media closes in, Mabel realizes they’re going viral—and it’s the perfect opportunity to promote her midwifery program.

Sam’s international aid career took him to the most dangerous places in the world, but he was only a block from his D.C. apartment when a distracted driver grounded his travels. Injured and off-balance, he retreats to his hometown to help sell his grandparents’ house. He wants silence and solitude—not a frenzied media tour, and absolutely not an extra minute with the ex-girlfriend who stirs up long-buried regrets.

Sam owes her, and Mabel’s determined to use their newfound fame for good—even if it means fueling speculation about their relationship. But as Rosh Hashanah nears, Mabel begins to wonder if it’s bad luck to start the new year on false pretenses…

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  • Audrey W.

    I definitely love autumn’s cooler temperatures and the chance to stay in and read for the evenings. I have a great sitting chair by my front window that’s perfect for a cozy escape! Thanks for featuring your book. I’m excited to read it!

  • Laurie Beach

    Hi Rebecca! Your book sounds fabulous! I don’t know if you can call this an Autumn tradition, but I always look forward to cooler weather so that we can have a fire in the fireplace and sit cozy on the couch.

    • Rebecca Crowley

      I love Halloween! Even though fall is slow to start here in Texas, one of the upsides is we usually have nice weather for trick-or-treating.

  • Kimberly Field

    I love cool crisp mornings of fall.I moved to this new small town 2 yrs ago and every October they decorate with scarecrows all over town, and have a contest for all the merchants on Main.

    • Rebecca Crowley

      That sounds awesome! I also love the cool mornings. Here in Houston we managed to claw it down to about 78 for the walk to school today – I’ll take it!

  • Debra Pruss

    Thank you so much for sharing. I enjoy watching the leaves turn to beautiful reds, yellows and oranges. As they fall from the trees, it looks as if it is raining leaves. I also enjoy baking cookies and making my grandmother’s pumpkin bread. God bless you.

  • Roseann McGrath Brooks

    Autumn is my favorite season. It really is a new start in that all the activities that came to a halt over the summer pick up again. I like the busy routine of the fall, not to mention the often awesome sweater weather.

    • Rebecca Crowley

      So true! Fall always feels so busy but you’re right, it’s in part because it comes on the heels of a slow summer. I love it too, though!

    • Rebecca Crowley

      Yay for college football! My team is Kansas State – they’re off to an okay start this year but we’ve got a huge game on Saturday. Go Cats!

  • Janine

    I hope you have a good Rosh Hashanah! I really don’t have a favorite autumn tradition. But I do look forward to the possibility of opening the windows throughout my house once the temperatures start cooking down. I love to get the fresh air blowing through my house after being closed up all summer with the air conditioner going.