Hope and gratitude

I’ve been struggling lately, with a lot of things which I won’t get into with you now, but I have to admit I’ve seriously considered putting down my pen for good.  But today I wanted to share something lovely…

I received an email from a reader that restored my faith a little (or a lot)  and here is a snippet of how that conversation went:

Dear Ms. Walker,
I just finished reading “Exchange of Hearts”, and I wanted to tell you how very much I enjoyed this warm, sweet love story. It was the perfect way for me to end this tragic day, with the senseless, tragic slaughter of 50 young gay people in Orlando. I was (am) sad beyond words, and finishing your beautiful love story enables me to go to sleep tonight with hope that in the end, love will truly conquer hate. Again thank you for writing such a beautiful story. This world desperately needs more messages of love, forgiveness, healing and hope; and stories like this provide that truth. I look forward to reading more of your books…maybe a follow-up to Harrison and Levi’s story??? Once again, thank you for this wonderful book.
My reply

Hi Rob,

Thank you for your beautiful email. The events of Orlando have broken my heart 🙁  I’m so upset and angry, I can barely form the words. Knowing Exchange of Hearts (and Harrison and Levi) gave you comfort and hope fills me with such warmth. I can’t thank you enough for telling me. I had been away for five days, then came back to scroll through my social media in tears because of what I was seeing/reading, then I read your email and it really helped me. So thank you <3
Then part of his response was:
Hello N.R.,
Now it is I who must thank you for a beautiful email. . I am so impressed that you took the time to reply to my email and it makes me happy to know I was able to help you at this time of sorrow. After all, isn’t that why we are all here?
“After all, isn’t that why we are all here?”
Such a profound sentence.  Yes, Rob. Yes it is.


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