MAY 3, 2016, Tate Publishing announces the release of
The Innkeeper’s Wife, by Louisiana author, Joan T. Broussard
ABOUT THE BOOK: When King Herod orders a census, Bethlehem bursts with activity and people. Gertrude, the wife of an innkeeper, is kept busy as the inn fills with guests. Between her many tasks, however, she prays to God to send her a friend. Then late one night, after the last room had been filled, a young couple knocks at the door. Gertrude is furious when her husband sends them out to the manger when the woman is clearly pregnant. But Gertrude doesn’t realize that her whole world is about to change when the young woman gives birth to a baby boy.
We all know the story about the birth of Jesus Christ but follow Gertrude as she journeys to understanding and trusting in the power of God. This is the story of an unlikely friendship that leads to conversion, love, and ultimate sacrifice.
ADVANCE PRAISE: Vinita Hampton, Wright, Editor, Loyola Press “You’ve woven a lovely tale, and I’m so happy that you added a woman to Jesus’ story. Too often, women get left out. And yet, women were around him throughout his ministry. I always think it’s helpful to create characters who can observe the main characters in this story. Gertrude provided a way for readers to watch the story unfold from a different perspective. And it was nice to imagine Jesus as a young boy with his “aunt” Gee—I’m sure there was someone like her around. I hope your story can reach many people who think they know the story already. May it open their eyes and hearts a little more!
AVAILABILITY: “The Innkeeper’s Wife” can purchased at Crossroads Bookstore in Lafayette. It will be available online at Barnes & Noble and Amazon after May 3, 2016. You can also order from me directly. Book Cost: $14.99
AUDIO BOOK is being produced – should be available this summer.
BOOK GROUP: There are questions for group discussion in the book. Great for book groups!! I’m happy to attend your gathering and sign books. Call me with dates.