||July 14, 2008
Sara Rhea is a young and intelligent woman with a bright future ahead of her. That is until she receives a call one morning informing her of her father's illness. Now she must return home and help run the family inn. She knew it wouldn't be easy, but she had no idea how difficult it would be. Not only did she have an ailing father and a sister she didn't get along with to contend with, but she also had to deal with him. She didn't think she'd ever see James, her old flame again. Fate intervened to bring them together, but would their old flame be reignited? Only time would tell
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Sara Rhea's life was flowing along. She was an up and coming ad executive who loved her job. It was a good thing too because she was so busy with it she didn't have any time for a social life. Then one day the phone rings. Her sister called to tell her that her father was just taken to the hospital, and they don't know what's wrong.
If that wasn't enough to give Sara, the realization that her sister was stuck running the family inn alone was. She knew she didn't have a choice, she would have to go back to the home she had been away from for three years.
Putting Sars and her sister together was already like mixing oil and water, the discovery of her ex-boyfriend working at her family's inn did nothing to help that.
Once it is discovered that her father has a terminal illness it becomes apparent to Sara that she will have to make her temporary move more permanent than she first expects. So, although she and her ex are back together she decides to return to her home for a month to pack up all her belongings. While she is gone she gets an early morning phone call once again.
"Who Says You Can't Go Home?
Jaimie Hope, a New Windsor resident and graduate of Cornwall Central High school has recently published her first novel. Her new book, a romance, is called "Who Says You Can't Go Home."
This is a story about two old flames who wind up meeting again later in life after one moves back home," Hope explains. "There are several different relationships that are explored in the book."
In the story, Sara Rhea, a young and intelligent woman with a promising future, receives news one day that her father is ill. She returns home to help run the family business, an inn. Back home she comes across several hurdles including meeting her old flame.
Hope, who grew up in New Windsor, did not base her book on this specific area but rather somewhere further north similar to the Lake George region of New York.
"Most of my ideas come straight from my own life. There are times though, when I will come up with an idea based on something I saw, heard, or read," Hope explains. The book, which took about 18 months to write, is not Hope's first success. She penned a children's book entitled "The Adventures of Baby Jaimie," which was published back in 2006.
"The Adventures of Baby Jaimie' took several years to complete. That was mostly because I developed the idea in high school, but didn't really follow through," the author explains. "Once I actually started writing it, it didn't take long at all." Hope adds, "The actual writing was done within a couple of weeks. The rest of the project (illustrations and publishing processes) took a little over a year."
Books have always been a passion in Hope's life.
"As a young girl, I would often make up my own stories," she reflects. "I've loved books and reading as far back as I can remember. Before I could read, my favorite part of the day was when I would get a story read to me." She continues, "As I grew, I still found that the best times of the day were when I could read and throw myself in a fantasy world that was all my own." The author adds, "Pretty soon I just couldn't resist writing it all down," Hope says. "I found that to be as much fun as reading, and thus I decided to be a writer."
Hope, who began college as an English major and later switched to psychology, does not write at a certain time of the day.
"I write whenever I get inspired. This could be anytime of the day or night," Hope explains. "I write on a note pad, desktop or my laptop."
As for the future, Hope is already working on a few more projects.
Hope's latest book, which is 84 pages, is currently available. She will be appearing at Barnes & Noble in Newburgh on Sat., Sep. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. The event will also introduce other local authors as well. For more information about Jaimie Hope visit her website www.JaimieHope.com.
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