Come, Sweet Day: Holding on to Hope in Dark Times: A Writer’s Journey
by Julianne Donaldson
Bestselling romance author Julianne Donaldson has written deeply emotional, sweeping love stories in Edenbrooke and Blackmoore, often commenting that her characters were a reflection of what she wanted a woman’s life to be: happy, secure, unconditionally loved, and fulfilled. But in reality her own life was far more marked by difficult challenges and disappointments. In her new book, Donaldson reveals her thoughts and feelings from that unsettled time of despair and suffering so women can know they are not alone and that there is hope even in the hard times.
Compiled from years of inspirational words of encouragement to herself on social media and even bits and pieces of random musings written on scrap paper, this is a unique writer’s journey through a life passage marked by cancer, a bitter divorce, legal battles with her ex-husband, mental illness, and persistent feelings of rejection and abandonment which also rendered her unable to pick up her career as a writer to support herself and her family. Overwhelmed by sadness and almost paralyzed into inaction by despair, she slowly finds her way back to her writer’s toolbox, unpacking the pain and sharing her innermost feelings as if revealing a character’s thoughts in a novel. In her writing she begins to find rays of understanding and acceptance and eventually finds strength from knowing that God’s love and His grace and guidance give greater meaning to our suffering and light the way to hope.
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Review by Melissa Dalton Martinez
Bestselling romance author Julianne Donaldson has penned deeply emotional love stories, reflecting what she wants every woman’s life to be: happy, secure, and filled with unconditional love. In reality, during a dark time, her own life was marked by disappointment and difficult challenges—including cancer, mental illness, a bitter divorce, and feelings of rejection and abandonment.
Emerging from a journey of despair and suffering, Donaldson wanted to share her thoughts and feelings so that others, especially women, would know they are not alone—and that there is hope even in the most difficult times. The result is a poignant collection of poems and essays based on years of inspirational words she received on social media and bits and pieces of random musings she jotted on scrap paper.
In her journey through anguish and sorrow, Julianne began to find rays of understanding and acceptance. Eventually, she finds strength from knowing that God’s love, grace, and guidance give greater meaning to our suffering and light the way to hope—a message for any soul who suffers.