Usually when I invite you to have TUESDAY TEA with me, we’ll share a pot of tea and a tea time treat. Today our treat is a bit different. I’ll explain. After attending the sunrise service at our church on Easter Sunday, my husband and I went hiking in the desert to refresh in God’s amazing creation of wilderness. The area of our hike, shown below, seems like an interesting contrast to the setting of the book I’m featuring today on TUESDAY TEA, Sandra Leesmith’s LOVE’S PROMISES. Sandra’s novel is filled with scenic mountains, sparkling water, glistening snow, and the scent of Ponderosa pine forests. Beautiful Lake Tahoe is where this love story unfolds as Monica and Greg experience the outdoor adventures the Lake Tahoe area offers. Therefore, I’m serving trail food, water and energy bars, as Sandra discusses the active environment of her inspirational romance, Love’s Promises. Please be sure to enter the giveaway (at the bottom of this post), featuring Lake Tahoe and Sandra’s favorite coffee.
First, enjoy the beautiful cover of this book! When Sandra revealed the cover a few weeks ago, I was thrilled to learn there was a tea house on tiny Fannette Island, or as the locals call it, the Tea House Island. You can see the island on the cover. However, the Tea House is not a place to drop in for afternoon tea, as Sandra will explain below.
About the Book:
For Monica Scott, building her late father’s house at Lake Tahoe isn’t an option—it’s a necessary distraction from confusing memories and an uncertain future. But a handsome planner working for the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) is keeping Monica from moving forward with the project. Never mind that he’s young and charming with a great sense of humor. No one is going to stop Monica from making her father’s dream—and her own—a reality. All Greg Linsey wants is for his work to mean something. His job at TRPA gives him the opportunity to fight for the environment he loves and make a difference in his small corner of the world. But with the sophisticated Monica Scott’s arrival, his dedication is tested as never before, especially when Monica turns to his unscrupulous nemesis for assistance. As Greg and Monica’s animosity turns into something far sweeter, can they learn to accept each other’s promises and avoid the growing danger to their lives and hearts?
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Now to chat with Sandra about the beautiful Lake Tahoe setting of Love’s Promises!
SHERIDA: What glimmer of an idea started your thoughts for Love’s Promises?
SANDRA: Two glimmers happened for me. My husband and I bought a house at Lake Tahoe, and it needed a lot of work done on it. The work needed permits, and that is when we ran into the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency. My husband is a biologist and we both have deep concern and love of nature, so we were very impressed with the Agency’s plan to protect the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe in spite of the extensive use. The research was very rewarding.
The other thing that happened at that time is that I was involved in a class for women offered at church that pointed out God’s plan for women and their role as godly wives. Becoming an adult in the era when women’s lib started, I thought the precepts presented in my Bible class were refreshing, and I wanted to show those in my writing as well.
SHERIDA: Both of your inspirational experiences are developed so well in the book, the concern of preserving natural beauty and the reflections on God’s plan for being a wife.
As I mentioned, I love tea houses, but the Tea House mentioned in your book is not what I was thinking it would be. Please tell us a bit about the Tea House you describe in Love’s Promises.
SANDRA: No, the tea house located on Fannette Island in Emerald Bay is very unconventional, isn’t it? It was built by Lora Josephine Knight, who purchased the property on shore and the island in 1928 and built the house and teahouse according to Scandinavian architecture. She would take her lady friends out to the island for tea. The small structure included a fireplace and a table and chairs. I think she built it to protect them from the wind and cold that can come up while on the lake.
SHERIDA: I do hope to visit this tea house! My husband and I love travel. We have plans to see Lake Tahoe this summer for the first time. What would you suggest to add sparkle to our visit? (We like camping, hiking, and food. Any place for tea or coffee you enjoy?)
SANDRA: My recommendation would be to go to the tourist information centers. They are located in the major towns and also in the state parks and national monuments. You need to make reservations early as they book up fast for camping. Any of the campgrounds are fabulous. Take your bicycles, as you can ride to interesting places from all of the campgrounds. Hiking trails abound in the forest around the lake. There is also access to the Desolation Wilderness Area on the west side of the lake.
Every town has fabulous restaurants for coffee and tea. Just ask the campground hosts where you camp. I particularly love to have coffee on the deck at Sunnyside along the west shore. (Here is their website: http://www.sunnysidetahoe.com) Btw, they received a “best ambiance” award in 2014.
SHERIDA: Thank you for your trip-planning suggestions, Sandra. And thank you for your blog tour events and the giveaway featuring Lake Tahoe. I love Love’s Promises!
SANDRA: Thank you, Sherida. I am looking forward to the blog tour. I am delighted that you love the book.
Follow the Love’s Promises blog tour set up by Amber Stokes by clicking on the pretty button below. Visit with the other bloggers who present fun information about LOVE’S PROMISES!
MY THOUGHTS ABOUT LOVE’S PROMISES:
This is a story about Monica Scott’s determination to build a house, designed by her father, on an environmental sensitive plot of land in the Tahoe Basin area of California in the 1980’s. Her plans are thwarted by Greg Linsey, an agent with the organization charged with protecting the quality of life in the area. Well-motivated characters and the different ways love is expressed, fill this story with thoughtful inspiration. I enjoyed the sense of hiking and exploring the beautiful scenery of Lake Tahoe, so lovingly described by Sandra Leesmith.
A slight breeze rushed through the trees. The cool air refreshed his exerted body. Birds sang. Squirrels scattered in front of him. Pleasure coursed through Greg as the stirrings of spring transferred from nature to him. He looked around and thanked God again for His wonderful creation, and thanked his forefathers for the wisdom to preserve it. For the first time in months, peace settled in his heart.
“That’s called love. It’s the way love works. You put someone else before yourself. In appreciation, that person does the same.”
About author Sandra Leesmith:
Sandra Leesmith loves to travel in her RV and explore all of nature’s beauty, discover America’s history, and fellowship with the wonderful people she meets while on the road. She enjoys reading, writing, hiking, swimming, and pickleball. Learn more about Sandra and her books at www.sandraleesmith.com.
You can connect with Sandra on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. You can also find her and her talented writing buddies at the Seekerville blog.
Sandra is offering one reader a taste of Lake Tahoe with a sweet prize pack: a signed paperback copy of Love’s Promises, a journal, a Lake Tahoe coffee mug, a pound of Millstone Velvet Chocolate coffee, and a Hulet Glass chocolate drop! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. You can enter to win via the Rafflecopter form below:
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Thanks to Sandra Leesmith and my readers for stopping by for TUESDAY TEA, even if we just had water and trail bars today, but so fitting for the beautiful hiking to be experience in Sandra Leesmith’s Love’s Promises! Be sure to enter the giveaway. Hope you enjoy Love’s Promises, as I did! May you always be blessed by the gift of our Savior’s love as celebrated at Easter! Blessings to you!
13 thoughts on “TUESDAY TEA-Love’s Promises with Sandra Leesmith and hiking near Lake Tahoe…”
Morning Sherida. Thank you so much for featuring Love’s Promises on your blog. It is always fun to visit. And the trail bars are perfect for hiking the high Sierras where Lake Tahoe is located. The high Sierras are considered high elevation desert. There is desert very similar to the photo you have, within 100 miles of Lake Tahoe. So you aren’t that far off featuring the desert hike as well. smile
I did find a photo of Fannette Island last night and put it on my blog on Seekerville today. You can see how pretty it is. Lena Goldfinch, the graphic artist who does the covers helped me find photos you can use. I get so nervous about rights.
But you would really enjoy some tea and your trail bars on the island. smile It is now preserved in the California State Park system (Emerald Bay State Park)
Thanks for visiting, Sandra! Glad you didn’t mind the change of tea treat for today’s post! 🙂 My husband and I are looking forward to exploring the Lake Tahoe area. Your scenic descriptions give us a flavor of the area, so we’re anxious to experience the activities of Lake Tahoe. HIKING! And definitely a visit to Tea House Island!!!
You will love the area, especially if you love hiking. There are some spectacular views. There is a lovely hike to the top of Mt. Rose on the Nevada side. The California side has great hikes into the Desolation Wilderness area.
Part of the John Muir trail skirts around Lake Tahoe. That trail extends from Mexican border to Canadian border. I think they call it the Pacific Rim trail in that area. Or maybe that is another trail. Anyway most trails give you great views of the lake.
Thanks, Sandra! Hiking is our “thing” so your suggestions are appreciated…..plus the ideas about places to eat! Food is a biggie, too! 🙂
Well if you hike around Richardson State Park, they sell homemade ice cream that is to die for. smile
ANother favorite place to eat is in Tahoe City where the Truckee River flows out of the lake. The Bridgetender is located along the banks of the Truckee just below Fanny Bridge. They call it Fanny Bridge because there are gigantic trout and everyone leans over the rail to look at the trout. But the Bridgetender makes the best hamburgers ever. And you can bicycle along the Truckee River and come back to have lunch.
HOMEMADE ICE CREAM!!!! We’re hiking Richardson State Park!!! 😀
And LOVE the Fanny Bridge name! We’ll try Bridgetender when we visit for yummy hamburgers. Thanks!
I think we need to plan MILES of hiking to burn off the calories! 🙂
Good morning, Sherida and Sandra! (It’s still morning for 10 more minutes, LOL.) What a fun post! Love your creative interview questions, and so happy you enjoyed the book, Sherida. 🙂
A day of hiking sounds great! And you know, those energy bars (depending on the flavor) can be quite addicting, haha.
If you’re going to visit Lake Tahoe, be sure to swing by Virginia City, too! 😉 So much history and fun to be had there! Such a beautiful area. 😀
Hi, Amber! Sandra’s depictions in LOVE’S PROMISES of hiking in the mountains around Lake Tahoe motivate me to have many hikes planned when my husband and I visit that area. And to find out there is homemade ice cream available is perfect! What a way to hike.
Yes, we also hope to see Virginia City as you have described in your “The Heart’s Spring” series. We love history!
Thanks for including me in this fun blog tour. I even got the beautiful button to work, linking back to all the blog tour information.
Now to visit with some of the other bloggers to find out more about Lake Tahoe and Sandra’s inspiration for LOVE’S PROMISES!
Have another trail bar, Amber! The oatmeal raisin are the best, I think! 🙂
Hi Amber and Sherida, Yes, Virginia City is a must see also. And you will have plenty of hiking and other things to work off those calories. Remember that the higher elevation whets up your appetite also. Be sure to drink lots of water. Because of the cooler temperatures and all the green trees make you forget it is high desert and the air is very dry.
Lots of things to do and see! I’m ready to travel…..but have to wait until summer! Thanks for the reminder about drinking water….very important!
Hello, ladies! I enjoyed the preview of Love’s Promises. I can tell it’s going to be a wonderful love story and an interesting location. And you ladies have me wanting to take a trip! That’s no small feat for this home body! I’m off to enter the contest. : )
Hi, Donna! Be sure to get LOVE’S PROMISES today for free on kindle!
Glad you enjoyed the post and the “visit” to Lake Tahoe!
Wishing you good luck in the contest!!! Blessings to you, CP Donna! Hope you’re finding time to WRITE! I want to critique! 🙂
Hi Donna, Thanks for joining us. I hope you do in fact, enjoy the love story in Love’s Promises. Sherida did a wonderful job in featuring the story.