Jamie Langston Turner, a master weaver of stories, is a well-known and respected Christian author. She was raised in Mississippi and Kentucky and lives in South Carolina. A true Southern lady. We are delighted to have her with us today. Jamie, we made Mint Tea for you. It’s a sunny day here and we thought this would be the perfect drink to enjoy.
Ingredients: 4 cups water, 3 tablespoons sugar, 4 green tea bags, 1 (2-in) piece orange peel, 8 sprigs fresh mint.
Bring the water to boil, then add sugar and stir until dissolved. Turn off the heat. Drop the tea bags and the orange peel into a teapot. Rip the mint leaves and drop them in too. Pour the water into the teapot, put the lid on and allow to steep for 10 minutes. When ready pour into glass through a tea strainer. This recipe is by Aarti Sequeira. She says it is delicious served over ice. To see more visit Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aarti-sequeira/mint-tea-recipe.html
Your latest book release was To See the Moon Again. That’s your eighth book. Tell us about it.
It’s about Julia Rich, who every day of her life lives with the memory of a horrible accident she caused long ago. In the years since, she has tried to hide her guilt in the quiet routine of teaching at a small South Carolina college, avoiding close relationships with family and would-be friends. But one day a phone call from Carmen, a niece she has never met, disrupts her carefully controlled world.
Carmen is a study in contrasts—comical yet wise, sunny yet contemplative, soft yet assertive. As she sets about gently drawing Julia from her self-imposed solitude into a place of hope, she also seeks her own peace for past mistakes.
Together, the two women embark on a journey that takes Julia far from the familiar comfort of home and gives Carmen the courage to open her heart. Together, their sightseeing trip turns into a discovery of truth, grace, redemption, and, finally, love…
I read the book, and I have to tell you, I did not want it to end. Your books have garnered some impressive awards. Your book A Garden to Keep won a Christy Award. Tell us about that one.
It’s about Elizabeth Landis. Her story is like that of a garden left untended for too long, with weeds as bounteous as blossoms and stone walkways buried beneath tangled vines and daffodils. Beauty to be found, though amidst much neglect. When betrayal strikes at the heart of her very existence, she retraces the path of her life and marriage, discovering along the way memories both painful and joyful. Pruning the garden of her life requires an honesty new to her, but it offers the promise of mercy and perhaps grace.
Publishers Weekly named your book Winter Birds, “One of the hundred best books” of 2006 and it also won a Christy award.
This one is about Sophia Hess, plain and dutiful, who lived most of her life without ever knowing genuine love. Her professor husband had married her for the convenience of having a typist for his scholarly papers. The discovery of a dark secret opens her eyes to the truth about her marriage and her husband.
Eventually nephew Patrick and his wife, Rachel, take Sophia into their home, and she observes from a careful distance their earnest faith and the simple gifts of kindness they generously bestow upon her and others-this in spite of an unthinkable tragedy they’ve suffered. Will she unlock the door behind which she conceals her broken heart? It’s an insightful and moving portrayal of the transforming power of love.
You’ve also written Sometimes a Light Surprises, Suncatchers, By the Light of a Thousand Stars, No Dark Valley, and Some Wildflower in My Heart. Excellent books. No wonder your books win awards.
Southern Writers magazine just did an article on you in their September/October issue. One comment you made really stood out for me. You said, “All of my novels illustrate to some extent the truth that a single faithful believer can have a positive, profound impact on those around him. This is a theme to which I keep returning”. That statement really brought home the impact authors can have with their words. I hope people will get the magazine and read your article. It is wonderful how you give some great behind-the-scenes insight about your writing.
I want to suggest to readers they sign up for your newsletter. I just read your article about you and your husband going to Asheville, North Carolina, to see the beautiful fall flowers at the Biltmore Estate. It brought back wonderful memories when I took my mother and sister there about twenty years ago. The gardens were breathtaking. Just reading it, took me back there.
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Be sure and contact Jamie and let her know how much you enjoy her books. She loves to hear from readers. Thank you, Jamie, for visiting today. Be sure and let us know when your next book will release. I don’t want to miss it.
Thank you for having me, Susan, I enjoyed it.