1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you came to be in the midst of such suspense.
My name is Becki Graw. I quit my job in the city and moved to Serenity after inheriting my dear grandparents’ homestead. They died suddenly and I was very surprised to learn that they had left the place to me, but so glad, too. My parents had a troubled marriage that eventually ended in divorce, and the summers my older sister and I spent with our grandparents are among my fondest memories. Unfortunately, my sister is determined to force me to sell so she can get more money out of the estate. When bad things started happening here, I naturally assumed she was the instigator, but now…I’m not so sure.
2. I understand that you’ve known your neighbor Joshua Rayne since you were a child. Tell us a bit about him. When did you know it was love?
He is the sweetest guy. I’ve always had a crush on him, but he only had eyes for my older sister. Trouble was, she had no interest in rural living and was two years older than him. Josh had always planned to be a farmer so I was surprised that he’d joined the police force. But he’d always been a protective kind of guy, coming to my rescue as a kid. I was so afraid he still saw me as that needy kid, or one of the strays he’s always taking in, I didn’t want to let myself fall in love with him.
3. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
I’m determined. Some (who shall remain nameless) would call that stubborn. So I guess that’s both my strength and weakness. ☺
4. What scares you?
I guess deep down I’m afraid I’ll never find a place where I’ll find happiness, that will truly feel like a home, even living in Gran and Gramps’s place.
5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My corkscrew curly hair. It drives me crazy! Well, I guess I wouldn’t, because I could use a straightener on it, but I can’t be bothered.
6. What do you think about your spiritual life?
I’d always considered myself a believer. I loved going to church with my grandparents in the summer as a kid. But I guess it was just a borrowed faith. After the way they died, I had a hard time believing God really cares about any of us. Josh has helped me to see how God works things together for good. Now I look for the ways He’s doing that even when it doesn’t seem possible.
7. You’ve got a scripture at the beginning of the story. Tell us why this scripture is significant.
Yes, it’s: “You will be consoled when you see their conduct and their actions, for you will know that I have done nothing in it without cause.” Ezekiel 14:23 I see so many things happening that seem so unfair and this reminds me that God has a purpose in all He allows, and I want to be one of those that comes through the fire better for having endured.
8. What do you admire about the hero?
The way he cares about people, and animals. He has a really good heart.
9. Why could you never see yourself ending up with the hero?
My family doesn’t exactly have a good track record when it comes to relationships. I don’t want to start something with Josh that would finish badly, because neither of us have any intention of moving, and I so don’t want to be living next to an ex-boyfriend.
10. What is the one thing you would never do?
Sell my grandparents house. It’s the only place that’s ever felt like home.
11. What do you hope people will learn from your experience?
That it’s not the place, but the relationships with people you love that make a house a home. And those relationships are worth making sacrifices for.