Gables of Legacy, Volume IV:
An Eternal Bond
Featured Song: “With Arms
Wide Open” by Creed
This song actually came up in the previous book, but
its message flows into this one. This is one of many songs I learned to love
through my children, because this was one of my son’s favorite songs when it
came out. It’s a little “hard” sounding, but the lyrics are beautiful. This song
expresses Jess’s joy in learning that he was going to be a father. And that
“hard” feeling in the music captures his personality in a way.
record, I hate the title of this book and it was changed without my knowledge.
This is when I put my foot down and asked for more input, and they’ve been much
better about at least consulting me on title changes since then. My working
title was “A Gilded World.” There’s a line of poetry in the front of the book
which includes this phrase. My idea with the series was that each title would
have a lovely “G” word in it to work as alliteration with the “Gables” series.
That was nixed on the previous volume when my idea of “Going Home” was nixed for
“The Silver Linings,” which I didn’t like either. On this book, the committee
argued that no one would know what “gilded” meant. I said they would by the end
of the book. Oh well, I learned a long time ago that it doesn’t matter so much
what the title is as what’s inside.
In this story, Jess is struggling to
come to terms with his father’s death and he doesn’t feel worthy of all that’s
been left to him. He’s inherited wealth, but he’s also inherited a great deal of
responsibility. Jess and Tamra are confronted with an immense number of
challenges. This book exemplifies the theory of “When it rains it pours.” One of
the revision suggestions was that there were too many trials in this book, that
it wasn’t realistic, and I needed to tone it down. I told them I knew a number
of people who could testify that it WAS realistic. It was one of those cases
when truth was stranger than fiction, even if it was based in a simple
principle. But I always wanted my fiction to have a realistic edge. Sometimes
people are hit with so much all at once that they don’t know how to cope. They
let me keep all of the trials and struggles in tact, and Jess and Tamra came
through in the end, better and stronger for having endured them well. Now THAT
is a great life lesson.