We’ve heard the saying, “Behind every cloud is a silver lining,” but is it really? I have experienced some real dark clouds in my life, from molestation to depression. In the midst of those traumatic episodes I couldn’t imagine a silver lining or anything good coming out of the situation. Really, when you think about it, what good can come out of a young girl losing her innocence to a predator? When every minute of the day is filled with mental anguish and self-hate, the sparkle from that silver lining dims.
My fourth published novel, Silver Lining, released this week. I started on this literary journey after surviving the most tumultuous storm of my life. I’m talking a tornado, cyclone and a category 5 hurricane combined. Funny thing is, as I look back and evaluate the journey, I celebrate that dark time in my life. Without that experience I would still be wallowing in self-pity over things I cannot control.
Today, I know beyond doubt that there is always a silver lining. God can extract good from any situation. The clouds glow and the silver shines brighter every time a reader shares a story of deliverance and the love of God is manifested.
After exchanging vows with a prominent physician, Marlissa Scott-Jennings is prepared to enjoy the life most women dream about, but only a few achieve until demons from her past resurface with a vengeance. Overnight, the perfect life she’d hoped for crumbles and leaves her finding comfort in alcohol.
Leon Scott had it all: a loving wife, children and a thriving business until tragedy strikes and he trades it all in for a bottle in a brown paper bag.
After too much to drink leads to a night in a motel room, Marlissa’s and Leon’s world collide, resulting in friendship and sobriety. On their journey from addiction, the two friends face their toughest task: repairing their broken marriages. Although their spouses may not prove to be as forgiving as the Lord, Marlissa and Leon continue to press forward, despite the obstacles, believing that after every storm there is always a Silver Lining.