To Laugh Once More by Sherri Wilson Johnson

Sunday, December 7, 2014

To Laugh Once More is a Victorian Inspirational Romance set in Florida and Georgia in 1895. The War may be over, but the battles still rage. A dissatisfied wife. A misunderstood husband. Three tragedies will alter their path forever. Will their choices tear them apart, or will they allow them To Laugh Once More? Three years after her marriage to Hamilton, former debutante Lydia Barrington Scarbrough is dissatisfied with life. She has yet to have children, and she spends most of her days sitting in a circle of women chatting about homemaking. She thought life would be more than what it's turned out to be. Hamilton travels on business and never takes her with him. What's a lonely wife to do when she has no children to raise? She longs for adventure and romance, and really, she longs for the fulfillment of her purpose in life. A purpose beyond being a wife and raising children. Lydia faces a series of hardships that stretch her faith beyond capacity. Leaving her childhood home in Florida for Georgia proves to be more difficult than she ever imagined, and her marriage may not survive the trials. Lydia's own personal battles drive a wedge between them. What will it take to make Hamilton attempt to save their marriage and draw Lydia back to him? As Lydia strives to etch out a place for herself in a new world full of unfamiliar prejudice and attempts to overcome her private battles, she must help Hamilton understand her deepest longings and learn the true meaning of joy. Will she surrender her will in order to find her purpose? Will her future hold a happier marriage, motherhood, and a calling greater than she could ever have imagined?

About this author

I am Sherri Wilson Johnson. I live in Georgia with my husband, children and dogs. Writing is my favorite pastime and, fortunately, I have been able to see my dream of publication come true. I write fiction, non-fiction and homeschool resources, but fiction is my true love.

My debut novel, To Dance Once More (OakTara), was released in September 2011. My second novel, Song of the Meadowlark (OakTara), released in September 2012. To Laugh Once More released September 8, 2014.

My Thoughts:
Sherri writes character driven stories and this one is no different. Lydia and Hamilton lead the story, Lydia a little more than Hamilton. Lydia is use to living as a debutant all of that changes when a freeze hits and kills the crops, and then a fire burns down her childhood home killing her mother and best friend, Izzy. The family moves to Georgia where they learn very quickly that the people of Georgia are still very much segregated and for Lydia who just sees a person not color, or standing in the community struggles. She longs to find something to do besides taking care of Hamilton and their home.
Lydia and Hamilton are a lot like Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler in their demeanor. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I was up late each night reading. Sherri shows that good comes to those who wait and that following the lead of your husband reaps rewards beyond your imagination.
I highly recommend it!



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