by Rachel Skatvold
Interviewer: Thank you for joining us today, Carmen. Could you start off by telling us a few interesting facts about yourself?
Carmen: (Grins and shakes the interviewer’s hand) Thanks for having me. Let’s see … I’m pretty clumsy for one. I trip over my own feet sometimes. (Giggles) I’d choose orange pop over a caffeinated drink any day and I have one more semester of school before graduation.
Interviewer: Interesting. I hope you don’t mind me asking, but what’s your major?
Carmen: Art education. Painting and drawing have always been a passion of mine and I hope I can teach kids to love and appreciate it as much as I do.
Interviewer: That’s wonderful. I’m sure you’ll make a great art teacher. Now, let’s switch gears a little. I’m sure everyone is wondering how you how you are related to Katherine and Sarah Riley. Care to fill us in?
Carmen: I’m Luke Riley’s daughter. Katherine and Sarah are my older cousins but we’re as close as sisters. Sarah and I used to be running buddies when she lived here in Brimsfield and Katherine’s kids even like to call me Auntie Carmen sometimes. I love those kids like they are my own.
Interviewer: (Raises her eyebrows) That reminds me, I heard through the grape vine that you are the only single young lady in the Riley Family right now. Any love interests?
Carmen: (Blushes and shakes her head) No. I’m kind of shy and don’t have much time for dating right now.
Interviewer: Well, if you have time in the future, what qualities would you look for in a guy?
Carmen: What qualities? (Bites her lip) That’s a tough one. I guess I’m looking for a man who puts God first. A good listener with old-fashioned values would be nice. And I wouldn’t mind having doors opened for me every now and then.
Interviewer: Well, that sounds like a tall order these days.
Carmen: (Twirls a stand of her blonde hair and grins) I’m in no hurry. I know God will send the right guy my way when the time is right.
Interviewer: (Chuckles) Well, we’re out of time, but you let me know when Mr. Right comes along … especially if he has an available brother.
Carmen: (Giggles) I will.
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Beauty Restored Summary
While volunteering at a youth camp in the Ozark Mountains, Carmen Riley sponsors a challenging group of teenage girls. She longs to make a difference in their lives, but unsettling news from home rattles her confidence. When Carmen meets a charming young pastor, will his wise advice give her the courage she desperately needs?
After discovering that the camp is in danger of closing, Pastor Andrew vows to save it. With Carmen’s help, he rallies a group of sponsors to come up with a plan of action. However, the task could cost him much more than he bargains for.
In a race against time, a common goal unites them, but unforeseen circumstances threaten to tear them apart. Will their relationship and faith in God endure long enough to see Beauty Restored?
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Rachel Skatvold is an inspirational author and stay-at-home mom from the Midwest. She enjoys writing inspirational romance, devotions, encouraging blogs. Rachel has just finished her first series, the Riley Family Legacy Novellas and is now working on her first full length novel, Enduring the Flames. Other than writing, some of her hobbies include singing, reading and camping in the great outdoors with her husband and two young sons.
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