Book Review, Author Interview & Giveaway: ‘Waiting For You’ (The Spencer Family, Book 1) by Andrea Boyd

Responsibility—that one word sums up Wade Spencer’s existence since his father’s death. Thrust into the role of head of the family, he’s keeping the farm running and his younger siblings in line. When a life-threatening illness attacks his momma, he readily steps in to support her. Sure would be nice to have someone by his side to help carry the load, but all that responsibility hasn’t left much time for dating. Or maybe it’s just his reserved nature holding him back.

Dani Connor had gotten everything she ever dreamed of as a child. Married her high school sweetheart, had a sweet little girl she could shower with all the love she’d been denied by her own parents, and built a life far away from the farm. When those dreams come crashing down, she realizes that back at home on the farm is where she should have stayed.

It doesn’t take long after Dani’s return to Shiloh for Wade to realize she’s the one God has in mind, but Dani will have to get over past hurts and take another chance if she wants Wade to be part of her new dreams.
About Andrea Boyd
Each of Andrea Boyd’s series represents a different genre but all fall into the category of romance. All offer an element of her own brand of humor. And all are a tribute to God.
Besides writing, she loves spending time with her family, quilting, going to car shows, and driving around in her 1968 Barracuda convertible.
Andrea lives with her husband, Tommy, and at least a couple of cats in York County, SC.
You can visit her website @

I am so delighted to welcome author Andrea Boyd to my blog today! Andrea lives less than 15 miles from me and I’ve met her several times. She is a wonderful person, completely real and totally loves the Lord. Andrea has graciously agreed to give away an e-copy of Waiting For You to one of you, too! Stay tuned at the ending of the blog post for how to get your name in the hat to win a copy of this amazing story.

1. Hello, Andrea! Can you tell us what inspired you to start writing?
I had no idea I would be a writer until God called me to it.

2. How do your books take shape?
An idea pops and then scenes start playing out in my head. I write the scenes down and
start getting to know my characters but most of it comes once I start writing. I’m what is
called a ‘pantster’, in the writing community- as in ‘by the seat of my pants.’

3. Do you leave a little part of yourself in your books?
Yes, I do. None of my stories are about me, but I can totally relate to what my characters
are going through.

4. What was the inspiration for this book?
Waiting For You was a spin-off of Mistletoe Kiss. I loved the Spencer family so much, I
decided to write a series. Wade Spencer is the eldest of the siblings.

5. What one thing, if any, has impacted how you write?
I do research to improve my writing and I have critique partners who influence some
of it, but ultimately, I write what God gives me.

6. Does prayer play a big part in your writing?
Yes, it does. A lot. I pray before starting a story, before I write each day, and before I
publish. And all points in between, too.

7. What do you hope readers take away from this story?
I want them to think about who God is to them. Dani. (the main female character)
makes a list. I hope this inspires readers to come up with a list of their own and
maybe work on increasing that connection.

My Rating: 5 stars!

‘That smothery feeling caused by family responsibility labored his every breath. He never asked to be his family’s support.’

Andrea Boyd takes her readers back to the Spencer family she first introduced us to in Mistletoe Kiss.
I’m glad she did for they are a wonderful, salt of the earth family. Wade Spencer has always been the responsible one, the one who stepped up and took care of the family after his dad’s early death. Now, his mother’s been diagnosed with cancer and he steps up. Again. Will he ever have time for his own life? But he does responsibility gladly.

Dani Conner married the high school sweetheart she thought she’d love forever; funny thing life sometimes just doesn’t work out the way we hoped it would. Now she’s back in town with a precious 4 year old daughter, come to live on the farm she grew up on and being raised by her grandparents. She should never have left.

I was hooked from the first page and finished this book in less than a day. Andrea Boyd has set her book right here in South Carolina, my home state, and has created a cast of characters that just get all up inside your heart. And that Wade Spencer? Who wouldn’t want a hero like that to fall in love with? Swoon. Seriously. I shed more than one tear reading this book. Boyd knows how to delve into your heart well indeed. I was completely captivated by the depth of feeling in this novel. I highly recommend it. Boyd is very talented at the lovely southern based novel.

*My thanks to the author and publisher for a preview copy of this book. The opinion stated here is entirely my own.

So, who wants too win a copy of this awesome book? And don’t you just love that cover? That’s what drew me in first of all. It’s truly a wonderful book and my thanks to Andrea Boyd for giving a copy away. It’s a digital copy. And the rules are as follows and you must complete each one.

1. Comment on this blog post.
2. Leave your full name.
3. Leave your email in a non spam formula, for example: susan (at) yahoo (dot) com

The contest ends on December 31st. The winner will be notified via email. If no response in 24 hours, another winner will be picked. Good luck to you all!