Story Plant paperback
Fiction Studio Books e-book
Publication date: May 17, 2011
“Homefires is an exceptional and thought-provoking read…. I would definitely recommend this one to those looking for a contemporary, coming of age, or inspirational read.”
– Lost for Words
Janeece Crenshaw is quite happy simply being a wife and mother. She never dreams she’ll end up being a preacher’s wife and, when it happens, she struggles with conflicting emotions and challenges beyond her wildest imagination. She learns early to depend on spiritual strength and loves her new role. A deep romantic, Janeece faithfully keeps the home fires burning, expecting rainbows and silver linings around each bend – but finds surprises marked by tragedy and heart-rending loss that taints the pure love and trust that has always marked her.
Kirk Crenshaw is an island unto himself. He enjoys having iron control because it distances him from his hellish childhood and abuse and renders him indomitable. His high calling mellows him and causes him to adore Janeece and their children even more. Then an unspeakable loss reduces him to a shadow of his former self and the old anger he’s kept banked down now rushes to the forefront, one that threatens his ministry, his marriage, his very life.
Emily Sue Harvey’s first novel, Song of Renewal, was praised by New York Times bestselling author Jill Marie Landis as “an uplifting, heartwarming story,” by bestselling author Kay Allenbaugh as a work that will “linger in the memory long after readers put it aside,” and by Coffee Time Romance as “a must-read book for anyone doing a little soul searching.” New York Times bestselling author Steve Berry said, “It captures your attention, and whets your appetite for more,” while Peeking between the Pages called it “quite simply a beautiful book.”
Her second novel, Homefires is set in the Deep South’s Bible Belt on the eve of unprecedented moral changes. It is the story of Janeece and Kirk Crenshaw, a couple married just after their high school graduation who set out to make a life for themselves. It is a life marked by surprises, none more dramatic than when Kirk receives his “high-calling” and becomes a pastor. It is a life marked by tragedy, the most heart-rending of which is a devastating event very close to home. And it is a life marked by challenges: to their church, to their community, and most decidedly to their marriage. And as the fullness of time makes its impact on their union, Kirk and Janeece must face the question of whether they have gone as far as they can together.
Filled with the rich emotions and evocative characters that fans have come to expect from Emily Sue Harvey, and reminiscent of the work of Jan Karon and Anne Rivers Siddons, Homefires is a poignant and compelling novel that will steal readers' hearts.
“Emily Sue Harvey has now become a new favorite author for me after reading this book. The book is filled with gripping emotion that leaves you joyful yet heartbroken and everything in between. The writing is superb and she is a great story teller that had me wrapped around her words after the first page. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed in this book.”
– The Book Tree
Emily Sue Harvey
“The writing of this story is superb. It will draw you in quickly and keep you flipping the pages hungry for more.”
– Words from the Tampa Bookworm
“A beautiful journey through life and marriage…. I VERY highly recommend this book! The writing is fabulous and it’s a story you won’t close the book and forget!”
– Life in Review
“From the first couple of chapters I was so drawn into the Crenshaw’s story and what their life was, that I walked around with this book in my hands. Just reading. Wanting to know more about them….Emily Sue Harvey did an awesome job on this book. She had me hooked and eager to read some more of her work.”
– Life with Five Monkeys
New York Times bestselling author Jill Marie Landis called Song of Renewal “An uplifting, heartwarming story of forgiveness, commitment, and love, and Kay Allenbaugh, bestselling author of Chocolate for a Woman’s Soul says “Emily Sue Harvey’s work will linger in the memory long after readers put it aside.” National bestselling author Harvey, who has written numerous inspiring works of nonfiction, writes intensely romantic novels that thrill the heart as they inspire the soul. Her stories have something to say to every family.